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 is primarily concerned with the chemical and physical properties of solid oxide fuel cell electrolytes and electrodes and encompasses the electrical and structural characteristics of materials. 


He has extensive experience of the use of neutron and synchrotron facilities to undertake in-situ high temperature characterisation of new materials and in relating the structural characteristics of materials to their electrochemical properties.  A particular field of interest is the development of interstitial oxide ion conductors for fuel cell applications.  He has collaborated widely throughout Europe, Canada and Japan on new materials development and continues to develop links with research groups worldwide.  Further areas of interest include the development of high temperature electrolysers based on both oxide ion and proton conducting oxides, permeation membranes, sensor coatings and solid state electrochemical sensors for the detection of gases such as NH3, NO2 etc. 

Stephen is also the Director of the EPSRC_SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in the Advanced Characterisation of Materials (CDT-ACM), a joint centre in collaboration with UCL and Trinity College Dublin, focused on training future research leaders, with students in areas as diverse as Functional nanomaterials, Energy and Healthcare, with significant industrial support.

He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining, and also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  Stephen is a member of The Electrochemical Society, The American Chemical Society and the American Ceramic Society. He is also a Chartered Chemist and Chartered Scientist. Stephen is also an Associate Editor for the Journal of Materials Chemistry A and Materials Advances


International Collaboration: Significant collaboration programme jointly funded by EPSRC and JSPS highlighted in Impact Publication