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The second major focus of our research involves the use of nanoscale components, such as nanowires and quantum dots, in the assembly of nanoscale devices.
The Trinity Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Electrocatalysis (TEECE) Group is currently engaged in (a) developing novel nanomaterials for use as catalysts in water electrolysis and (b) fuel cell devices for use in energy conversion and storage-device applications. A particular focus is on the preparation of transition metal oxide nanomaterials based on non-platinum group metals such as Ni, Fe, Co and Mn.
Particular emphasis is placed on using electrochemical techniques to fully understand the mechanistic details of oxygen evolution, ethanol and glucose oxidation and of the electroreduction of molecular oxygen. The group is also developing non-enzymatic electrochemical biosensors based on metal oxide modified electrodes for bio-diagnostic applications and pH sensing and in developing anode materials for metal electro-winning for the mining industry.