Denis Cumming

Denis (150 * 170)Dr Denis Cumming

Email: d.cumming@sheffield.ac.uk

 

I received a B. Applied Science (Materials Science) from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia in 2001.

After moving to the UK, I began working with the Imperial College fuel cell spin-out, Ceres Power. During my time at Ceres Power I worked on a range of material problems related to the development of metal-supported intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells. My main interests during this time was the optimisation of existing anode composite structures and the development of new anode materials for SOFCs.

In 2009 I was awarded a PhD from Imperial College, London. My PhD work was focused on the identification and characterisation of novel ceramic anode materials for SOFC. This work also led to other, closely related, research interests in reduction-oxidation (redox) tolerance and sulfur tolerance of metal-ceramic anode materials in SOFC.

In 2010 I joined the electroceramics group in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield working of the development of novel high Curie temperature piezoelectric materials. More recently I resumed research on high-temperature solid oxide cells (SOCs) for use in the electrolysis of steam and carbon dioxide.

Between September 2012 and November 2014, I worked as part of the 4CU team and I was involved in the fabrication, in-situ characterisation of operational SOCs to better understand the co-electrolysis process. Other research interests focus on the development of materials with a stable, engineered nano-structure to allow for continued improvements in device performance at high temperature.

Since 1st December 2014, I am now lecturer in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department, The University of Sheffield. I am still involved in 4CU programme grant.

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