Neal Skipper

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Prof Neal Skipper

Telephone Number: 
+44 (0)20 7679 3526
Telephone Extension: 
33 526
Fax Number: 
+44 (0)20 7679 1360
Research Interests: 
Hydrogen Storage & Energy Materials
Graphite Intercalates & Carbon Nanostructures
Liquids & Complex Fluids
Clay Minerals & Layered Double Hydroxides
Neutron & X-ray Scattering
Computer Modelling
  • 1983: BSc Chemical Physics, University of Bristol.
  • 1987: PhD Physics, University of Bristol.
  • 1987: Research Assistant, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford.
  • 1991: Sir Henry Jones Research Fellow, Pembroke College, Cambridge.
  • 1994: Lecturer, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCL.
  • 1999: Reader, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCL.
  • 2005: Principal Investigator, London Centre for Nanotechnology, UCL.
  • 2006: Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy.
External positions held: 

I am Co-Founder of Cella Energy Ltd which is a company specialising in hydrogen storage materials, spun-out from the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UCL and the University of Oxford. Cella Energy has developed a method using a low-cost process called coaxial electrospinning or electrospraying. This traps a complex chemical hydride inside a nano-porous polymer, speeds up the kinetics of hydrogen desorption, reduces the temperature at which the desorption occurs and filters out many if not all of the damaging chemicals. It also protects the hydrides from oxygen and water, making it possible to handle it in air. Cella Energy is winner of the: Shell Springboard Award, Energy Innovation Award, and Energy Storage Challenge.

I am Chairperson of the Liquids and Complex Fluids Group of the Institute of Physics.