Christopher graduated with a First Class Honours Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Queens University Belfast in 2013. After completing his master’s thesis on ‘Hydrogen production from liquid organic hydrogen carriers under radio frequency heating,’ Christopher knew that he wanted to continue his research into more environmentally friendly fuels. In October 2013 Christopher joined the 4CU project to begin working on postgraduate research under the supervision of Prof Chris Hardacre and Dr Johan Jacquemin. As part of the programme grant, Christopher spent the first year of his PhD at The University of Sheffield, working with Prof Derek Sinclair, Dr Rachael Rothman (nee Elder) and Dr Denis Cumming, developing potential electrode materials for carbon dioxide conversion using intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells. After returning to QUB, his research focuses on in-situ monitoring of solid oxide cells using Diffuse Reflectance Infrared Fourier Transform Spectroscopy (DRIFTS).
“Development of a Diffuse Reflectance Infrared Fourier Transform Spectroscopy (DRIFTS) Cell for the In Situ Analysis of Co-Electrolysis in a Solid Oxide Cell”, D. Cumming, C. Tumilson, R. Taylor, S. Chansai, A. V. Call, J. Jacquemin, C. Hardacre and R. H. Elder – Faradays Discussions – DOI: 10.1039/C5FD00030K