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Group Leader

Stephen Skinner joined Imperial College in 1998 and was promoted to Professor in 2014. His research interests are in materials for new energy technologies and are primarily concerned with the chemical and physical properties of solid oxide cell electrolytes and electrodes and encompasses both the electrical and structural characteristics of materials.  His group use a range of advanced techniques including isotopic labelling, secondary ion mass spectrometry, low energy ion scattering and both synchrotron and neutron diffraction and scattering to probe the structure and dynamics of materials.    



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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Mudasir is a Research Associate in the Department of Materials working on proton oxide conductors with a particular focus on the surface exchange and diffusion of protonic species to understand the ion transport kinetics by using state-of-the-art surface analysis techniques.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Zijie is a research associate in the Fuel Cell Materials group. He developed an interest in solid-state (ceramic) science during his MEng degree in Materials Science and Engineering completed at Imperial College London. 

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Arim is an Imperial College Research Associate in the Materials Department. Her research focuses on the development of electrode and electrolyte materials for energy conversion and storage devices, especially for solid oxide fuel cells, protonic ceramic fuel cells, and metal-air/all solid-state batteries.


Robert is a postdoctoral assistant in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London investigating the potential of low-intermediate temperature SOC materials for green hydrogen production. Currently he is focused on the application of oxynitride materials as well as exsolved bimetallic nanoparticles from double perovskites as SOC materials.

PhD student
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Jia is a final year PhD student. She joined Prof. Stephen Skinner’s group in May 2019. She is currently working on synthesis and investigation of Ru-contained double perovskites as the electrode for SOFCs. 

PhD student

Zheng started his PhD in 2019 after he finished his master project at Imperial College London. His current research focuses on the cathode of intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (ITSOFC), particularly the effect of microstructures of the cathode and of interlayer between the electrolyte and the cathode on the cell performance. 

PhD student

Xi Xu is 3rd year in the Professor Stephen Skinner’s group. Her current research topic is the development of advanced layered materials for proton-conducting solid oxide fuel cells (H-SOFCs).

PhD student

Ritika is a final year PhD student in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London. Under the supervision of Dr. Sivaprakash Sengodan and Prof. Stephen Skinner, her current research focusses on the investigation and understanding of novel anode materials for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells.

PhD student

Yidong started his PhD in the Skinner lab in October 2020 after obtaining his MSc degree from Imperial College London. His research will be based on the development of new niobate oxide ion/proton conductors.

PhD student

Sivakkumaran is a fourth-year PhD student and a member of Prof. Stephen Skinner's group. He collaborates with LiNa Energy on developing a fundamental understanding of the Sodium Metal|NASICON interface in Molten-State Sodium-ion Batteries.

PhD student

Kehan joined Prof. Stephen Skinner's group as a PhD student in October 2021. He will focus on exploring the protonic conduction of rare earth tetragonal (LaNbO4) solid solution series via experiments and simulations. 

PhD student

Kit is a 3rd year PhD student and his focus is on gaining a fundamental understanding to the thermodynamic, structural and chemical properties that govern ionic conductivity in halide-type solid electrolytes.

PhD student

Chenyang started his PhD in 2021 after finishing bachelor and master’s degree at Imperial College London. His current research focuses on discovering the diffusional mechanism of protonic conducting solid oxide fuel cell, by combining various techniques such as quasi-elastic neutron scattering and DFT calculation.

PhD student

Dario is a 1st year PhD student and his research involves SOFC cathode material made and invented by Ceres Power. His work will give a better insight into SOFCs structure, electrochemical properties and the relationship between the two.

PhD student

Jason is a 1st PhD student at the Department of Materials started in December 2022 under the supervision of Prof Stephen Skinner. His research focuses on the degradation mechanism and durability performance of low-temperature and low-power proton-conducting SOFC for powering small appliances such as Micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) sensors.

PhD student

Chufeng joined Prof Skinner’s group as a PhD student in Oct 2023 and his research focuses on using nanoscale characterisation techniques to understand surface/interfacial phenomena in layered double perovskite materials, which serve as novel candidates for H-SOFC/H-SOEC cathodes. 

Visiting guest

Siva is an Imperial College Research Fellow in the Materials Department. His research focuses on the development of electrode and electrolyte materials for energy conversion and storage devices, especially for solid oxide fuel cells, protonic ceramic fuel cells, and metal-air batteries.

PhD student

Nawal is a 1st year PhD student in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London, under the supervision of Prof. Stephen Skinner and Dr. Sivaprakash Sengodan. Her research will be based on evaluating the potential of high entropy Ruddlesden-Popper oxides as solid oxide cell electrodes.

PhD student

Yuming started her PhD in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London in 2023, under the supervision of Professor Stephen Skinner. She currently focuses on degradation and lifetime of solid oxide electrolysis cell (SOEC) air electrodes in high concentrations of steam.

Visiting guest

George is a postdoctoral researcher working as part of the Solid Oxide Interfaces for Faster Ion Transport (SOIFIT) EPSRC/JSPS core-to-core program. His work focusses on the development of the surface analysis techniques for understanding the degradation of ceramic oxide conductors.

Visiting guest

Nick is a 2nd year PhD student in the Department of Materials and his work is being supervised by Professor Stephen Skinner. His current research is industrially supported and investigates the transport phenomena of fluorite-type oxide materials through a combination of experimental and theoretical techniques.

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