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Ph.D Heterogeneous Catalysis and Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (Keele University, 2010)
B.Sc Chemistry with Mathematics (Keele University, 2006)


I was appointed as a Lecturer and Research Fellow at the University of South Wales (USW) in June 2013. My first degree, BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Mathematics, was from Keele University (2006), and my PhD, on the utilisation of biogas in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs), was obtained in 2010 under the supervision of Prof. R. Mark Ormerod.


I teach on various degree programmes including BSc Chemistry and MSc Renewable Energy and Resource Management. The modules I teach on include:

Year 0
PH0S43 Foundation Chemistry

Year 1
FP1S77 Key Skills for Forensic Practice (Mathematics)

Year 2
PH2S08 Analytical Chemistry

Year 3
PH3S12 Advanced Analytical Chemistry

Year 4
RE4S001 Hydrogen – Fuel Vector for the Future
RE4S002 Renewable Energy I – Hydro, Tidal Wave and Bioenergy
RE4S004 Solid Resource Management
RE4S007 Advanced Materials for Energy Applications (Module Leader)


The importance of fuel variability on the performance of solid oxide cells operating on H2/CO2 mixtures from biohydrogen processes
Christian J. Laycock, Kleitos Panagi, James P. Reed, Alan J. Guwy
International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2018, 43, 8972-8982.

Biogas as a fuel for solid oxide fuel cells and synthesis gas production: effects of ceria-doping and hydrogen sulfide on the performance of nickel-based anode materials
Christian J. Laycock, John Z. Staniforth and R. Mark Ormerod
Dalton Transactions, 2011, 40, 5494-5504.

Persistent species formed during the carbon dioxide reforming of methane over a nickel–alumina catalyst
Ian P. Silverwood, Neil G. Hamilton, John Z. Staniforth, Christian J. Laycock, Stewart F. Parker, R. Mark Ormerod and David Lennon
Catalysis Today, 2010, 155 (3-4), 319-325.

Quantification of surface species present on a nickel/alumina methane reforming catalyst
Ian P. Silverwood, Neil G. Hamilton, Christian J. Laycock, John Z. Staniforth, R. Mark Ormerod, Christopher D. Frost, Stewart F. Parker and David Lennon
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2010, 12, 3102-3107.

Improving the sulphur tolerance of nickel catalysts for running solid oxide fuel cells on waste biogas
Christian J. Laycock, John Z. Staniforth and R. Mark Ormerod
Electrochemical Society Transactions, 2008, 16 (50), 177-188.


Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC)


Solid oxide fuel cells are highly efficient energy conversion devices made with advanced ceramic materials. They can be used in different ways to produce electrical power, heat and useful chemicals, or to dispose of harmful greenhouse gases and air pollutants, as well as other things which can’t be done with batteries. My research investigates the application of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology to the utilisation and disposal of renewable and waste gas feedstocks. More generally, the aim of my research is to demonstrate the technical benefits and versatility of fuel cell technologies and why they are key to future energy infrastructures alongside other energy technologies.



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