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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Imperial College Research Felllow

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.

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.

PhD student

Zijie is a third-year PhD student 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. 

PhD student

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.

PhD student
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Jia is a 1st 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

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 starts his PhD at Imperial, supervised by Professor Stephen Skinner and Dr. Ainara Aguadero, and in collaboration with LiNa energy, on developing a fundamental understanding of a novel battery based on sodium metal chloride technology.

PhD student

Ritika is a 1st 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

After graduating from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, and enjoying some time working abroad, Daniel joined the Department of Materials at Imperial College to research the manufacturing of better luminescent coatings. Daniel aims to extend the life and temperature regime of existing material systems by understanding the microstructural evolution through multiple characterisation techniques.

PhD student

Xi Xu is 1st 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

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 1st year PhD student and his research involves looking into lithium dynamics in battery systems - particularly in solid electrolytes with a focus of ion transport at grain boundaries and electrode/electrolyte interfaces. His work will use a combination of computational and experimental techniques, utilising the Hi5 FiB-SIMS capabilities.

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.