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EPSRC Reference: EP/K032518/1
Title: Characterisation of Nanomaterials for Energy
Principal Investigator: Kirkland, Professor A
Other Investigators:
Grovenor, Professor C Marrow, Professor J Smith, Professor JM
Booth, Professor M Nellist, Professor PD Wilkinson, Professor AJ
Castell, Professor MR Warner, Professor JH Watt, Professor AAR
Moody, Professor MP
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Department: Materials
Organisation: University of Oxford
Scheme: Platform Grants
Starts: 01 June 2013 Ends: 31 May 2018 Value (£): 1,094,904
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials Characterisation
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
28 Feb 2013 Platform Grant Interviews - 28 Feb & 1 March 2013 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Characterisation underpins all developments in new materials for energy where structural, chemical and electronic information across length scales is needed to develop a complete understanding of the relationship between materials properties, function and structure.

The renewal of the Oxford Materials Characterisation Platform grant focuses on the Characterisation of Nanoscale Materials for Energy to flexibly support an expanded team of skilled post-doctoral research scientists working collaboratively on the characterisation of a range of energy related materials related to the nuclear industry, catalysis and solar and fuel cell technology.

The platform grant renewal will support key staff between fixed term contacts to enable them to develop their independent research careers. In addition we will also use the platform grant to "pump prime" a number of evolving and strategically important interdisciplinary research directions.

We will develop correlated methods for the characterisation of energy materials using

1. All available signals arising from electron scattering in the (Scanning) Transmission Electron Microscope (S)TEM) for structural and chemical analysis at the atomic scale.

3. NanoSIMS in characterising nuclear materials degradation and polymeric materials.

4. Super resolution optical microscopy and spectroscopy, and correlating these with equivalent electron based methods in studies of photocatalysts

5. Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy (STM) to understand model catalysts and ceramic membranes for fuel cells

6. Atom Probe Tomography (APT) for the characterisation of nanoparticles for catalysis

7. Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) to characterise long range strain and deformation in materials for comparison with atomistic data obtained from EM, APT and STM.

Overall, this platform grant renewal will sustain and startegically develop a research team which brings together all the relevant skills needed to support a comprehensive characterisation strategy, so that progress can be made towards materials characterisation of energy materials relevant to UK industry.

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