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Dr Richard Dawson

Senior Lecturer

Richard Dawson

Engineering Building



Tel: +44 1524 593685

Research overview

Richard's research interests are focused around electrochemical engineering in the field of energy conversion technologies and resource efficiency.

More specifically he has interests in:

  • Fuel cells
  • Batteries
  • Electrochemical based recovery and separation processes
  • Electrochemical reactor design and operation

With a track record in industrial research Richard is keen to maintain these links and develop industrial collaborations in the field of electrochemical engineering.

PhD supervision

Electrochemical treatment of problematic wastes in the nuclear industry


Richard began his academic life at Girton College Cambridge where he studied Engineering specialising in Mechanical Engineering.  After a brief spell as an engineering consultant he continued his academic studies at Imperial College Chemical Engineering Department.  Here he investigated the electrochemical recovery of platinum and palladium from spent catalyst as part of a CASE award project sponsored by Johnson Matthey.  During his time at Imperial he picked up several awards including The Dudley Newitt Prize for experimental excellence and the BNFL section award at the 'SET for Britain' presentations at the House of Commons in 2004

Career Details

Having a background in both Mechanical and Chemical Engineering and a strong interest in the alternative energy sector, Richard was well placed to take up R&D science and engineering positions in the fuel cell sector where he has been working since 2006.  At Ceres Power (Intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells) he was involved in a wide range of activities such as the development of a novel electrolyte deposition process and current collection concepts which have been, or are being patented.  More recently Richard has been Senior Scientist at AFC Energy developing alkaline fuel cells for stationary applications.  Here he treads the line between the fundamental electrochemistry and the product engineering, being heavily involved in both stack and system development as well the electrode architecture

Professional Role

Richard is a Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, Director of Undergraduate studies for Engineering and co-Director of Studies of the Industry based MSc in Safety Engineering

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