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Mark Symes

Dr Mark Symes

Research Fellow


University of Glasgow

Research summary

My research interests lie in electrochemistry and energy conversion, with a special focus on finding sustainable ways to produce fuels and remove pollutants from the environment. Specifically, the research group I lead investigates electrocatalytic water splitting (which produces the fuel hydrogen) and the reduction of nitrogen oxide pollutants to harmless nitrogen gas. A full list of our papers and some of my recent invited talks can be found on the group website ( Hydrogen is a commodity chemical of significant industrial importance and with considerable potential as a clean-burning fuel. However, the dominant method for producing hydrogen at the current time is the reformation of fossil fuels, which is unsustainable and produces large amounts of carbon dioxide. Hydrogen can be produced by more eco-friendly methods, perhaps the most promising of which is the electrolysis of water. However, in order to make hydrogen production by the electrolysis of water a more viable alternative to fossil fuel reformation, considerable challenges must be overcome in electrolyser design and in the development of the materials used in these electrolysers. The development of new electrocatalysts based on cheap and abundant elements is perhaps the most important of these challenges. This is a key focus of our work.

Interests and expertise (Subject groups)

Grants awarded

Driving energetically uphill processes using metal-ligand coordination complexes

Scheme: University Research Fellowship

Dates: Oct 2016 - Sep 2021

Value: £510,038.96