Background and activities

Hi, my name is Katie and I am currently a PhD candidate at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, with my supervisor being Frode Seland

I recently finished my masters degree in 2016 in the field of Materials Chemistry at the University of St Andrews. For the 4th year of my degree, I was on a year in industry, working for SINTEF Materials and Chemistry. During this time, I worked on coatings for bipolar plates (BPPs) in PEM Fuel Cells, specifically on metallic coatings and optimising the electrodeposition process in order to decrease the cost and increase the longevity of the BPP.

My PhD continues with this work and will expand upon it, testing a number of different metals and alloys in order to determine their suitability in a PEM environment and understand the underlying processes occuring.