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September 6-8, 2020

University of Nottingham



Organising Committee

Dr. Darren Walsh

Dr Darren Walsh is Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry in the School of Chemistry. He was born and attended school in Dublin. After obtaining his PhD from Dublin City University, he left Ireland and took up a research position at the University of Texas in Austin. He is currently Associate Professor of Physical in the School of Chemistry.


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Dr. Lee Johnson

Lee Johnson received a MChem (Hons.) degree from Newcastle University in 2006 after which he completed a PhD in physical chemistry and electrochemistry at the University of Nottingham. In 2011 he was awarded a EPSRC Doctoral Prize for the development of scanning electrochemical microscopy methods. In 2012 he joined the research group of Prof P.G. Bruce FRS (University of St Andrews 2012-2014, University of Oxford 2014-2017). As a PDRA, he developed a research programme focused on understanding the elementary processes taking place within the lithium-O2 battery using fundamental electrochemical methods. In 2017 he was awarded a Nottingham Research Fellowship in the Propulsion Futures Beacon of Excellence and the School of Chemistry.


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Dr. Graham Newton

Graham Newton received his M.Sci. (2005) and Ph.D. (2009) from the University of Glasgow under the guidance of Prof. Lee Cronin. His doctoral studies focused on the synthesis of polynuclear coordination compounds and the use of cold-spray ESI-MS as a means of tracking their self-assembly. Upon completion of his doctorate he moved to the University of Tsukuba to work with Prof. Hiroki Oshio on a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship, investigating the synthesis and properties of multi-stable transition metal clusters.  He became an Assistant Professor at the University of Tsukuba in 2011, before moving to the University of Nottingham as a Nottingham Research Fellow in April 2015.


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Prof. George Chen

George Z. Chen is professor of electrochemical technologies at the University of Nottingham. In 1996–1997, together with Derek Fray and Tom Farthing, he co-invented the FFC Cambridge process of electrochemical reduction of oxides to metals.  He graduated from Jiujiang Teacher Training College in 1981 and obtained his MSc degree in physical chemistry from Fujian Normal University in 1984. He then moved to England and in 1992 defended his PhD at the University of London under the supervision of John Albery. After spending four years as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of OxfordLeeds University and University of Cambridge he became Senior Research Associate (1998), Assistant Director of Research (2001) and Official Fellow (2003) of Darwin College, Cambridge. In 2003 he assumed a position of reader at the University of Nottingham and in 2009 was promoted to Professor.

Dr. Emma Smith


The University of Nottingham

Emma Smith received her Bachelor's degree (2003) and Ph.D. in Chemistry (2007) from Loughborough University. She joined the University of Leicester in 2006 as a post doctoral research associate to work on the EU funded project, IONMET which advanced the industrial application of a novel class of ionic liquids, Deep Eutectic Solvents (DESs) for the electropolishing of metals and metal deposition, both electrolytically and via immersion (electroless) processes. She has since been a teaching fellow and the Scientific Coordinator of another EU funded project developing a rechargeable battery for electric vehicles, utilising DESs and conducting polymers (PolyZion); before joining Nottingham Trent University in September, 2012 as a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer.

Electrochem 2020 will take place at the University Park Campus of The University of Nottingham from 6-8 September 2020.


University Park is The University of Nottingham’s largest campus at 300 acres. Part of the University since 1929, the campus is widely regarded as one of the largest and most attractive in the country.

Set in extensive greenery and around a lake, University Park is the focus of life for students, staff and visitors. The campus has been a Civic Trust Green Flag Award 

Winner every year since 2003 – the only university campus to achieve this status. 


Conveniently located only two miles from the city centre, the campus is served by efficient and affordable public transport links, with regular tram and bus links to Nottingham City Centre.  Further information about travelling to the campus can be found here.


Registration, Key Dates and Speakers

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