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Professor Kathryn Toghill

Professor in Sustainable Electrochemistry and Energy Materials, Chemistry Sustainability Lead

Kathryn Toghill

Department of Chemistry



Tel: +44 1524 595003

Research overview

Finding a way to implement a long-term and sustainable global energy economy is a key challenge of the 21st century. Renewable energy sources have advanced tremendously in the past 10 years, but these developments are fundamentally limited by a lack of suitable storage systems for intermittent energy. My research aims to further harness intermittent wind and solar power by developing flexible, low-cost electrochemical energy storage systems (i.e. redox flow batteries), and explore electrochemical CO2 reduction to synthetic fuels. My focus is on using low cost, environmentally friendly materials that have real world, long-term potential as viable energy carriers in the future global energy network.

PhD supervision

Electrochemical energy storage and conversion -

  • New chemistries in flow batteries
  • Physical characterisation of flow battery processes
  • Electrocatalytic carbon dioxide reduction
  • Analytical electrochemistry

Applications are always welcome from MRes and PhD candidates, domestic and international, with their own funding. There is also opportunity to collaboratively apply for funding based on mutual interest. Please contact me!

Lancaster University boasts an a brand new and well provisioned multimillion pound Chemistry Department. It is also well supported by outstanding research facilities in Engineering, Physics, Environmental Science to name a few. Energy research is a particular focal point at Lancaster University with Energy Lancaster championing interdisciplinary research campus wide. This is an exciting time to become involved at Lancaster University, with vibrant, fresh and exciting research ideas central to our emerging chemistry portfolio. Visit our departmental website for more details http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/chemistry

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