Chemistry

Postgraduate research

Paul Brack

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PhD Research Student

  • Date of start of studies 1 October 2013
  • Supervisors: Dr Sandie Dann & Professor Upul Wijayantha
  • Research areas: Materials chemistry, hydrogen generation

Paul began his postgraduate studies in the Department of Chemistry at Loughborough University under the supervision of Dr Sandie Dann and Professor Upul Wijayantha in October 2013. His PhD project is funded by the EPSRC and Intelligent Energy Ltd.

The principal goal of his project is to develop an environmentally benign system which can efficiently produce high purity hydrogen under mild conditions for use with a portable PEM fuel cell. Paul was awarded a Scholarship by the SCI in 2014 and won the Loughborough University Graduate School Research Student Prize in 2016.

In recent years, Paul has enjoyed success in various writing and science communication competitions, winning prizes in 7 of them during his PhD studies, including the RSC Chemistry World Science Communication Competition in March 2015.

  1. Paul Brack, Jagdeep S. Sagu, T. A. Nirmal Peiris, Andrew McInnes, Mauro Senili, K.G.U. Wijayantha, Frank Marken, and Elena Selli, Aerosol assisted chemical vapour deposition of bismuth vanadate thin films and their photoelectrochemical properties, Chem. Vap. Deposition, 2015, 21, 41-45.
  2. Paul Brack, Peer assisted study sessions improve academic improvement. Why don’t more institutions make use of them?, The Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change, 2015, Vol. 1, No. 2.
  3. Paul Brack, S. E. Dann, and K. G. U. Wijayantha, Heterogeneous and homogenous catalysts for hydrogen generation by hydrolysis of aqueous sodium borohydride (NaBH4) solutions, Energy Science & Engineering, 2015, 3, 174-188.
  4. Paul Brack, S. E. Dann, K. G. U. Wijayantha, Paul Adcock, and Simon Foster, An old solution to a new problem? Hydrogen generation by the reaction of ferrosilicon with aqueous sodium hydroxide solutions, Energy Science & Engineering, 2015, 3, 535-540.
  5. Paul Brack, S. E. Dann, K. G. U. Wijayantha, Paul Adcock, and Simon Foster, A simple, low-cost, and robust system to measure the volume of hydrogen evolved by chemical reactions with aqueous solutions, Journal of Visualized Experiments, in press.
  6. Paul Brack, S. E. Dann, K. G. U. Wijayantha, Paul Adcock, and Simon Foster, An assessment of the viability of hydrogen generation from the reaction of silicon powder and sodium hydroxide solution for portable applications, International Journal of Energy Research, in press.