Dr Edward Brightman


Chemical and Process Engineering


Personal statement

Electrochemical Engineering for Energy Storage and Conversion

My research is focused on electrochemical devices for energy storage and hydrogen. My focus is on developing innovative diagnostic techniques for elucidating degradation mechanisms and engineering devices with improved performance and durability. In addition, I am interested in novel device concepts, scale-up and system integration, with tangible impact in industry. My specific research goals include:

  • Using embedded sensors for characterisation of polymer electrolyte membrane devices, 
  • Engineering novel biomass-fuelled devices for hydrogen production and biomass valorisation. 
  • Development of metal oxide-based electrochemical capacitors and other novel devices in collaboration with industry partners.

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Area of Expertise

We have a diverse Electrochemical Engineering laboratory with expertise in standard electrochemical analysis methods, as well as design, prototyping, and proof of concept testing for flow cells for energy storage, hydrogen production and fuel cells. Our technical capabilities include:

  • Greenlight G50 FCATS PEM fuel cell test station
  • NEWARE 50mA 8-channel battery cycler
  • Solartron EnergyLab XM potentiostat/galvanostat
  • Biologic SP300 bi-potentiostat
  • Autolab potentiostats: 2x PGSTAT204 with FRA and 10A booster; PGSTAT101; uAutolab
  • Rotating Disc and Rotating Ring Disc electrodes
  • EA PSB9060 2.4kW bi-directional DC power supply
  • Membrane casting
  • Access to analytical facilities including gas analysis, spectrophotometry, microscopy etc.

Prize And Awards

Best Presentation Prize (Hydrogen Theme) at ETP Annual Conference 2022

More prizes and awards

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Utilisation and valorisation of distillery whisky waste streams via biomass electrolysis : electrosynthesis of hydrogen
Price Robert, MacDonald Lewis, Gillies Norman, Day Alasdair, Brightman Edward, Li Jun
Faraday Discussions Vol 247, pp. 270-290 (2023)
A summary of current techniques used to identify pinholes in fuel cell membranes
Amadi Grace, Smith Graham, Brightman Edward
H2FC Supergen : Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research Conference 2022 (2022)
Hydrogen production from biomass : a comparison of gasification and electrolysis pathways
Iwube Pamela, Li Jun, Brightman Edward
H2FC Supergen : Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research Conference 2022 (2022)
Nanostructured tungsten oxide architectures for electrochemical energy storage
Cadden Thomas, Brightman Edward
12th European Symposium on Electrochemical Engineering (2021)
The role of tungsten oxide in enhancing the carbon monoxide tolerance of platinum-based hydrogen oxidation catalysts
Stewart Douglas W G, Scott Keith, Wain Andrew J, Rosser Timothy E, Brightman Edward, MacPhee Donald, Mamlouk Mohamed
ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces Vol 12, pp. 37079-37091 (2020)
In operando measurement of localised cathode potential to mitigate DMFC temporary degradation
Rabissi C, Brightman E, Hinds G, Casalegno A
International Journal of Hydrogen Energy Vol 43, pp. 9797-9802 (2018)

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Research Interests

  • Electrochemical Engineering for Energy Devices
  • Hydrogen fuel cells and electrolysers
  • Redox flow batteries

Professional Activities

242nd ECS Meeting
A02-0139 Hybrid Lithium Polysulfide Flow Batteries for Large Scale Energy Storage
E01-0942 Hydrothermally Enhanced Tungsten-Tungsten Bronze (W-MxWO3) Electrodes for Pseudocapacitive Energy Storage
Frontiers in Chemical Engineering (Journal)
Associate Editor
Journal of Power Sources (Journal)
Peer reviewer

More professional activities


DTP 2224 University of Strathclyde | Leckie, Thomas
Brightman, Edward (Principal Investigator) Robertson, Stuart (Co-investigator) Leckie, Thomas (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 01-Jan-2027
DTP 2224 University of Strathclyde | Johnson, William
Brightman, Edward (Principal Investigator) Lyth, Stephen (Co-investigator) Johnson, William (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 01-Jan-2027
Heat Utilisation via Thermally Regenerative Electrochemical System (HEATHER)
Brightman, Edward (Principal Investigator) Robertson, Stuart (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 30-Jan-2025
sHYp ABE cell design
Roy, Sudipta (Principal Investigator) Brightman, Edward (Co-investigator)
15-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2022
Advanced control and monitoring for flow battery grid integration.
Brightman, Edward (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2023
DiTo-H2 - Digital toolbox for hydrogen production: Bridging material innovations, electrolyser architecture and grid scale impact
Neagu, Dragos (Principal Investigator) Brightman, Edward (Co-investigator) Burt, Graeme (Co-investigator) Steedman, Andrew (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 28-Jan-2023

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Dr Edward Brightman
Chemical and Process Engineering

Email: edward.brightman@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 548 2224