UCL Department of Chemical Engineering

Prof Dan Brett

Prof Dan Brett

Professor of Electrochemical Engineering

Dept of Chemical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
1st Oct 2007

Research summary

Dr Brett's research is in the area of electrochemical engineering and technology. This includes electrochemical energy conversion and storage (fuel cells, batteries, supercapacitors, electrolysers); electrochemical sensors; electroanalysis, hybrid vehicles and micro-generation technologies. He specializes in developing novel diagnostic techniques for the study of high and low temperature fuel cells and their materials.

He is also active in modelling, instrumentation development, engineering design, device fabrication, materials development and techno-economic analysis of electrochemical energy conversion technologies.

The Electrochemical Innovation Lab

In response to the realisation of the importance of electrochemical technology and the strength that UCL has in this area, The Electrochemical Innovation Lab (EIL) was established in 2010 as a collaboration between the Centre for CO2Technology, UCLB and external partners with a successful history of commercialising electrochemical related technologies.

The EIL is an innovation in university-based research. The EIL’s objectives are to:

  • Identify commercial opportunities early in the development cycle
  • Increase the rate of progression through Technology Readiness Levels
  • Develop new models and opportunity for industry-academia collaboration
  • Engender a spirit of enterprise in electrochemical technology research

Teaching summary

Dr Brett's departmental teaching activities are mainly in the areas of energy and sustainability. Below are the modules he is currently involved in teaching.

  • CENG2005 Process Heat Transfer (Module Lead)
  • CENG3006 Process Plant Design I
  • CENGM010 Energy Systems and Sustainability (Module Lead)


Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1999
Birkbeck College
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 1996
King's College London
First Degree, Bachelor of Science | 1995