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Prof Paul Shearing

Prof Paul Shearing

Professor

Dept of Chemical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
4th Jul 2011

Research summary

My research interests are in electrochemical engineering – the study and design of electrochemical processes in devices including fuel cells, batteries and electrochemical reactors. I am involved in a wide range of projects which include understanding and development of batteries, fuel cells and other electrochemical processes. I hold the Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Battery Technologies, and lead the LiSTAR project under the auspices of The Faraday Institution. 

I have published more than 350 peer reviewed papers in this area over the past 10 years, and have delivered over 100 invited talks on 5 continents. My research makes extensive use of synchrotron radiation and I have successfully conducted experiments at most of the world's major lightsources.

An up to date list of publications can be found here: https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=miDT3UQAAAAJ&hl=en

Teaching summary

Teaching Interests

I currently coordinate a masters level programme in Electrochemical Engineering and Power Systems.

Outreach

I am actively engaged in outreach and science communication and, alongside UCL Engineering, I have worked with a number of organizations to promote science and engineering to a wider audience – these include Women in SET, NAGTY, Arrival Education and the National Engineering Foundation. I have made regular appearances in national press and media, and in 2021 delivered this lecture at the Royal Institution: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70KKvBc70Vw&t=195s 

Biography

I am a Professor in Chemical Engineering at University College London where I hold The Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Battery Technologies. My research interests cover a broad range of electrochemical engineering themes with a particular interest in the relationship between performance and microstructure for energy materials.


I co-direct UCL’s Electrochemical Innovation lab and lead the UK STFC Global Challenge Network in Batteries and Electrochemical Devices. I was a founding investigator of the UK’s Faraday Institution, where I chair the Training & Diversity Panel and am PI of the LiSTAR programme investigating Li-Sulfur battery technologies, and the SAFEBATT programme exploring the Science of Battery Safety. I am involved in the foundation of The Advanced Propulsion Lab at UCL East. 


In 2006, I graduated with the top first in Chemical Engineering at Birmingham University and in the same year was awarded the university’s Sir John Cadman Prize and the Salter’s Institute Graduate Prize. From 2006-09 I completed a PhD in Dept. Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College under the supervision of Prof Nigel Brandon. My thesis “Characterisation of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells in Three-Dimensions” was awarded the Imperial College, Janet Watson Memorial Prize for Research Excellence.


After a short post-doctoral appointment at Imperial, I joined Dept. Chemical Engineering at UCL as a lecturer in July 2011 – shortly after I won a RAEng Research Fellowship from 2012-16. I was promoted to senior lecturer in 2014, Reader in 2016, and in 2018 was appointed Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emergin Battery Technology. which I will hold until 2016. As a co-director of the Electrochemical Innovation Lab, my research portfolio is supported by national and international research councils, as well as through extensive interaction with industry.  In 2014 I was named the Institute of Chemical Engineers, Young Chemical Engineer of the Year in Academia and in 2016 the RAEng Engineers Trust Young Engineer of the Year.

Publications