Based in the Dept. of Chemical Engineering at University College London (UCL), the Electrochemical Innovation Lab (EIL) is a cross-faculty mechanism for accelerating impact, innovation, enterprise and research in electrochemical science and engineering. The scope of activities in the EIL encompasses:
- Mechanistic understanding of fundamental processes.
- Materials discovery.
- Analytical diagnostics and advanced manufacture.
- Device design and development.
- Modelling, optimisation and life cycle assessment.
- Systems development and demonstration.
Throughout the EIL, scientific, engineering and commercial thinking is embodied in the research phase. In this way the EIL identifies commercial opportunities early, considers the engineering and commercial implications of the science and builds new research programmes to accelerate the science into commercial products.
The EIL is dedicated to excellence in research, teaching, and public engagement. Since being formed in 2010, the EIL has attracted over £15 million of funding and currently is home to over 40 researchers active in electrochemical science and technology from 24 countries. The EIL hosts the UCL Centre for Correlative X-ray Microscopy and is the UCL arm of the National Centre for Grid Scale Energy storage and EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Fuel Cells and their Fuels. The EIL also leads The STFC Global Challenge Network in Batteries and Electrochemical Energy Devices.