UCL Chemistry Fellow at the SHARP end of fuel cell research

10 September 2021

Dr Fabrizia Foglia, UCL Chemistry EPSRC Fellow is part of the team who are the very first users of a brand new instrument, SHARP (Spectromètre Hybridge Alpes Région Paisienne) at the Institut Laue Langevin (ILL) in Grenoble, France.

Fabrizia Foglia

Fabrizia has been carrying out neutron scattering experiments that will provide critical data on a new type of composite graphene-polymer membrane for fuel cells for energy generation. SHARP consists of a complete rebuilding of the IN6 secondary spectrometer and is equipped with 240 position sensitive detectors under 5 bars of 3He.

Fabrizia was the only member of the UCL team allowed on site to complete experiments for her project: ‘Dynamical characterisation of a new sandwiched multicomponent membrane for energy applications’.

The experiment proposal also includes Prof. Paul McMillan and colleagues from the UCL Electrochemical Innovation Lab (EIL) with the Team at the ILL in Grenoble.

The above photo shows Fabrizia on top of the experimental chamber. Below is Fabrizia setting up the first experiment and the neutron beamline team on top of the chamber.

Fabrizia Foglia_first experiment

Fabrizia Foglia_Beamline Team