I have played a major role in the development of neutron scattering techniques in the UK and have exploited this technique in a wide range of investigations, particularly concerned with the behaviour of hydrogen in metals, having currently published 190 refereed journal papers in this area. In the last 20 years, my papers have been cited 2838 times (Nov 2013) with a corresponding h-index of 30.
Since 2000, I have obtained 30 grants totalling £2,594,827, from a variety of sponsors including EPSRC and FP6. Recently, our research has concentrated on the development of hydrogen storage materials for use with hydrogen/fuel cell cars. We have recently been involved in three FP6 projects in this area (NESSHy, HySIC and HyTRAIN and a related project funded by the Joule Centre. We currently hold an EPSRC (Responsive Mode) grant concerned with the development of a novel approach to the interpretation of coherent inelastic neutron scattering from polycrystals to model the dynamics of materials - hydrogen storage materials in particular and nanomaterials in general. This is being developed (Daniel Roach) as a major international collaboration with Caltech, Pacific North West Labs (DoE, USA), EMPS (Switzerland), Perth, Cambridge, ISIS and the ILL.We also hold a further grant as part of a EPSRC consortium (Fundamentals of Graphite) in which we are applying various neutron scattering techniques to the study of radiation damage in nuclear reactor grade graphite (See RISE, Sept 2011). We have also recently completed an ORSAS-funded PhD project (Zhana Mileeva) concerned with the adsorption of hydrogen molecules in activated carbon, studied using microgravimetric techniques and Small Angle Neutron Scattering. This work has featured twice in the Highlights sect9ion of the ISIS annual report. We have also obtained two funded studentships from AWE to study the behaviour of hydrogen isotopes in palladium powder.
I am currently a member of the EPSRC college of referees. I am also a referee for more than thirty journals and assess grant applications on behalf of the Norwegian, Polish, Georgian, Irish, Ukraine and US national research organisations, the British Council and the EPSRC. I have recently completed an assignment as an expert referee for the recent Fuel Cell/Hydrogen call in FP7.
I am currently Chair of the Science and Technology Section of the Manchester Literary and Philosophy Society. I have given a considerable number of invited lectures at international conferences and am currently on the International Steering Committee (until recently Secretary) of the International Symposia in Hydrgen Metal Systems. I am chairing the next conference MH2014 to be held in Salford Quays in July 2014.
Member, International Steering Committee
Secretary/Treasurer, International Steering Committee
Organised conference for staff and research students working on Nuclear Technology topics in UK universities
Conference Honorary Chairman
Member of the International Programme Committee of the IASTED conference on nanotechnology and applications (NANA 2008)
Organised Windermere International Workshop on Hydrogen Storage on behalf of the International Energy Agency- Hydrogen Implementation Agreement and the International Partnership on Hydrogen Energy, Low Wood Hotel, Windermere, 1... more >>.
Public Defence for PhD: Gunnar Palsson
MSc in Decommissioning and Environmental Clean-up
PhD Oral: S.Fletcher: Metallurgy and Materials
I.Telepini, Materials Engineering.
R.B.C Benitez, M Res, Metallurgy and Materials
S.R.Vijay, PhD Examination
"Hydrogen storage: The major technological barrier to the development of hydrogen fuel cell cars" Vacuum 80 (2006) cited 90 times
Chemviron Carbon Ltd, Wigan, Lancashire
Other Authors: D.J.Bull, D.Moser, D.Roach, Z.Mileeva and I.Shabalin
The Man. Lit. and Phil. was founded in 1794, with Dalton as its first president.
Member of Refereeing Panel
Member of the Science and Technology Committee of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society. Society founded in 1781. Of such societies, only the Royal Society is older.
North West Science Board - Nuclear Sub-panel 2006-present
Member of Selection Panel for neutron scattering experiments at the Hahn-Meitner Instute in Berlin. 2004-2007
Bi-annual meetings 2000- present