As an annual event, this year's Great Western Electrochemistry Meeting took place on Monday 5 June 2023 at the University of Bath. This meeting allows PhD students and early career researchers to present and discuss research linked to electrochemistry. This year, the topic energy storage and future battery technologies dominated, but some presentations also addressed new techniques for pH measurement in sea water, corrosion processes, fuel cells in aviation, water electrolyser technology for hydrogen, and the use of electricity in molecular and organic chemical transformation.
Contributions from Bristol, Reading, Oxford, Swansea, and Bath with further industry contributions from Qinetiq, GKN, and the National Physics Laboratory provided a rich basis for discussion during coffee-fuelled breaks. There were six companies supporting the event with exhibits and new equipment.
Prizes were awarded for best posters to Athi N. A. Ramah (Bristol University) for the poster entitled "Structure Activity Relationship of La1-xNdxCoO3 Nanoparticles towards Oxygen Electrocatalysis" and to Tingran Liu (University of Bath) for the poster entitled "Green Electrosynthesis at Interdigitated Electrodes: Reaction Zones for Olefin Hydrogenation".
Prizes for talks were presented to Rob Gray (University of Bath) for the talk entitled "Carbon Fibre Electrodes for Structural Batteries" and to Elisabettamaria Schettino (University of Bath) for the talk entitled "Ceria and Yttria Doped Barium Zirconate Fabrication Methods for Green Energy Devices". The first prize went to Dan Gillard (Swansea University) for the talk entitled "MVD Al2O3 Coatings on Copper to Promote Dendrite free Electrodeposition of Sodium for Anode free Sodium Ion Batteries". The day concluded with refreshments and further discussion.