AEG Applied Electrochemistry Group

The Applied Electrochemistry Group of Dublin Institute of Technology carries out research in electrochemistry with special emphasis being placed on practical aspects of the subject. It has four Principal Investigators Professor John Cassidy, Dr Tony Betts, Dr John Colleran and Dr Ben Schazmann. Recent Post-Doctoral roles in the group have been undertaken by Dr Dave Culliton and Dr Thu Truong. Current post-graduate students include Anna Banasiak, Emma Brennan, Rafaela de Carvahlo, Kevin Raheem and Prabhakar Sidambaram who are conducting a range of projects in the electrochemistry field.

Electrochemistry is an important branch of physical chemistry that deals with the chemical action of electricity and/or the production of electricity by chemical reactions. A diverse range of important applications exist. They include:

  • Electroanalytical Chemistry which enables chemical species to be identified and quantified, for example with the development and operation of electrochemical sensors.
  • Materials Science and Nanotechnology involving materials performance issues such as corrosion prevention and mitigation and development of materials found in devices such electrochromic displays (which change colour upon the imposition of an electrical potential).
  • Electrical Energy production (through operation of devices such as batteries, fuel cells and other electrochemical systems) and Solar Energy using light to produce electricity and/or to effect chemical change (through use of semiconductors and photoelectrochemistry).
  • Surface Science such as electrodeposition and anodic film alteration (anodising of metals such as aluminium, magnesium and titanium and electropolishing)..
  • Environmental Electrochemistry and Green Chemistry encompassing heavy metal remediation, industrial effluent control and the use of novel ionic liquids to replace hazardous chemicals in various processes.
  • Organic and Industrial Electrochemistry (electrosynthesis) which provide a means of producing industrially important inorganic and organic chemicals.
  • Bioelectrochemistry involves the study of electrochemical reactions in biological systems which is of great importance in medicine.