Dr Dragos Neagu

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

Chemical and Process Engineering


Personal statement

I joined the University of Strathclyde in 2020, as a Chancellor's Fellow in Renewable Energy in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering. I completed my MEng in Materials and Process Engineering at the University Politehnica of Bucharest in 2008, and later earned a PhD in Energy Materials from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, in 2013. Following this, I worked in several post-doctoral research roles at the University of St Andrews and Newcastle University.

My career has been dedicated to contributing innovative and ground-breaking concepts in the fields of advanced materials and renewable energy conversion applications, as evidenced by my 40+ peer-reviewed publications, including five in the prestigious Nature-family journals and two in Energy and Environmental Science.

Now leading a dynamic research team of four, our focus is on the development of materials and devices for renewable energy conversion. This includes materials development, characterisation, and testing with applications in green hydrogen production, clean power generation, carbon capture, and conversion to sustainable fuels and chemicals. My mission is to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon society by improving technology performance, reliability, cost-effectiveness, and sustainability. This is achieved by collaborating with both industrial and academic partners worldwide to drive meaningful change.

In addition to my research, I am committed to mentoring the next generation of energy engineers and promoting knowledge transfer for a cleaner, sustainable energy future.

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Area of Expertise

  • Technologies: electrolysers, fuel cells, catalysis, membranes, chemical looping, direct air capture, hydrogen, sustainable fuels
  • Material classes: oxides, ceramics, composites, nanoparticles, nanomaterials, perovskites, spinels, molten carbonates
  • Materials preparation and processing: solid state synthesis, hydrothermal, reduction processing, exsolution, ball milling, sonication, screen printing, tape casting, cell assembly
  • Methods: X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS)
  • Software: Wolfram Mathematica, Origin Pro, CrystalMaker, GSAS II, CASA XPS, Blender, MidJourney

Prize And Awards

Nomination for Strathclyde Teaching Excellence Award
Strathclyde Images of Research finalist

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Roadmap on exsolution for energy applications
Neagu Dragos, Irvine J T S, Wang Jiayue, Yildiz Bilge, Opitz Alexander K, Fleig Jüergen, Wang Yuhao, Liu Jiapeng, Shen Longyun, Ciucci Francesco, Rosen Brian A, Xiao Yongchun, Xie Kui, Yang Guangming, Shao Zongping, Zhang Yubo, Reinke Jakob, Schmauss Travis A, Barnett Scott A, Maring Roelf, Kyriakou Vasileios, Mushtaq Usman, Tsampas Mihalis N, Kim Youdong, O'Hayre Ryan, Carrillo Alfonso J, Ruh Thomas, Lindenthal Lorenz, Schrenk Florian, Rameshan Christoph, Papaioannou Evangelos I, Kousi Kalliopi, Metcalfe Ian S, Xu Xiaoxiang, Liu Gang
Journal of Physics: Energy Vol 5 (2023)
Switching on electrocatalytic activity in solid oxide cells
Myung Jae-ha, Neagu Dragos, Miller David N, Irvine John TS
Nature Vol 537, pp. 528-531 (2016)
Real-time insight into the multistage mechanism of nanoparticle exsolution from a perovskite host surface
Calì Eleonora, Thomas Melonie P, Vasudevan Rama, Wu Ji, Gavalda-Diaz Oriol, Marquardt Katharina, Saiz Eduardo, Neagu Dragos, Unocic Raymond R, Parker Stephen C, Guiton Beth S, Payne David J
Nature Communications Vol 14 (2023)
Engineering exsolved catalysts for CO2 conversion
Ali Swali A, Safi Manzoor, Merkouri Loukia-Pantzechroula, Soodi Sanaz, Iakovidis Andreas, Duyar Melis S, Neagu Dragos, Reina Tomas Ramirez, Kousi Kalliopi
Frontiers in Energy Research Vol 11 (2023)
Ni-doped A-site excess SrTiO3 thin films modified with Au nanoparticles by a thermodynamically-driven restructuring for plasmonic activity
Both Kevin G, Reinertsen Vilde M, Aarholt Thomas M, Jensen Ingvild JT, Neagu Dragos, Prytz Øystein, Norby Truls, Chatzitakis Athanasios
Catalysis Today Vol 413 (2022)
A model for modulating oxide ion transport with endo-particles for application in energy conversion
Dalton Stephen James, Neagu Dragos
Advanced Energy and Sustainability Research Vol 3 (2022)

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Research Interests

Our research is currently centred around the design, preparation, and testing of energy materials, catalysts, and adsorbents. A primary focus is the application of energy materials to technologies such as fuel cells and electrolysers for clean power generation and green hydrogen production, and catalysts for converting carbon into useful and sustainable fuels and chemicals. Additionally, we utilise adsorbents for carbon capture technologies and water treatment for environmental applications. Overall, our goal is to enhance technology performance, reliability, cost-effectiveness, and sustainability.

We are particularly interested in the instrumentation and methods that underpin this research. We strive to understand materials and processes at every scale, from the atomic to the macroscopic. This often involves supporting investigations with in situ electron microscopy studies to understand the role of atoms in driving material properties, and advanced synchrotron experiments coupled with process analysis to understand structure-property correlations across material scales.

Furthermore, we are invested in understanding the impact of these materials at scale. For example, we assess the consequences on performance at the device, system, and ultimately, economic levels when a material's property or metric is improved. For instance, if we enhance a material's ion conductivity for electrolysers tenfold, what is the effect on the cost of the produced hydrogen? This understanding is crucial for identifying the factors that drive the reduction of costs of technologies and processes, making them viable for enabling other technologies or fields. It also helps in agenda-setting by determining if certain materials are worth developing and to what extent before diminishing returns are reached, and a step-change innovation is required to further advance a field.

Many of these processes are also relevant for space exploration. For example, the Martian atmosphere is rich in carbon dioxide, which could be harnessed to produce pure oxygen for sustaining life and fuels and chemicals for sustaining colonization. As such, one area we are looking to expand into is energy and chemical production for space exploration.

Professional Activities

Shu Wang
Journal of Physics: Energy (Journal)
Peer reviewer
PhD external examiner at Imperial College London
Invited talk at the IOM3 Energy Materials Group Conference
PhD external examiner at the University of Ulster
Invited talk at the European Materials Research (eMRS) Conference

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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
Summer internship Ri@S
Neagu, Dragos (Principal Investigator)
Ri@S summer internship for Lujane Suleyman
20-Jan-2023 - 20-Jan-2023
EPSRC Core equipment - Benchtop X-Ray Diffractometer
Neagu, Dragos (Principal Investigator) Hamilton, Andrea (Co-investigator) Craig, Gavin (Co-investigator) Ivaturi, Aruna (Co-investigator) Zhang, Xiaolei (Co-investigator) Inglezakis, Vasileios (Co-investigator) Fletcher, Ashleigh (Co-investigator) Roy, Sudipta (Co-investigator) Massabuau, Fabien (Co-investigator) Rahimi, Salaheddin (Co-investigator) Steedman, Andrew (Co-investigator)
The project aThe instrument is a Benchtop X-Ray Diffractometer, which is a device that can analyse the structure and composition of various materials. It can provide data on crystal and molecular structure, phase identification and quantification, and crystallite size and strain. It is suitable for a wide range of inorganic and organic materials in different forms, such as powders, films, or solids. The instrument is compact, fast, easy to use, and low-cost, making it ideal for routine and high-throughput analysis. It can support research in many fields, such as materials science, engineering, chemistry, energy, and healthcare.
The instrument was acquired through an EPSRC Core Equipment fund, with an internally allocated £64k from the University of Strathclyde
Neocycl 2nd Tranche
Roy, Sudipta (Principal Investigator) Neagu, Dragos (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 28-Jan-2023
StrathWide- Computationally Assisted Preparation of New, Bare Gold Clusters for Boosting Green Hydrogen Production
Mohammadpour, Mozhdeh (Principal Investigator) Neagu, Dragos (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2023
Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Ekperechukwu, Chinyere Adaora
Neagu, Dragos (Principal Investigator) Brightman, Edward (Co-investigator) Ekperechukwu, Chinyere Adaora (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 01-Jan-2025

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Dr Dragos Neagu
Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow
Chemical and Process Engineering

Email: dragos.neagu@strath.ac.uk
Tel: Unlisted