Professor Paul Christensen PhD MA (Oxon.)

Personal Information

Professor Paul A. Christensen is a Geordie by birth and a Northumbrian by preference.  He has, “no interest in creating the first ever zirconium-zirconium quadruple bond, but every interest in trying to solve scientific and technological problems in water/wastewater treatment and energy”. He was awarded a Personal Chair in Pure and Applied Electrochemistry at Newcastle University in 2004 in recognition of his contribution of knowledge in the areas mentioned above.


Paul achieved his BA and MA degrees in chemistry at Oxford University in 1982 before going on to complete a PhD at The Royal Institution under the supervision of Lord Porter (deceased). Subsequent experience was gained as a postdoctoral research associate at the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford from 1985 -1989 under a SERC-funded fellowship with the Oxford Sensors Group to commission an in-situ electrochemical Fourier Transform Infrared system.

Career Information

Paul has held a number of academic positions during his time at Newcastle University as detailed below:

2004 – present:  Professor of Pure and Applied Electrochemistry

2001 – 2004:      Reader

1996 – 2001:      Senior Lecturer

1989 – 1996:      Lecturer

Postgraduate sub-Dean for the Faculty of Science (August 1999 – July 2002)

Dean of Graduate Studies for the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering (August 2002 - 2006).

In addition to his academic positions, Paul is also extremely commercially active, holding a number of directorships and consultancy positions:

2005 – present: Clarizon Ltd. (Founding Director).

2007 – 2008:     GenX Energy UK Ltd. (Director)

2006 – 2008:     GenX Energy Cook Islands (consultant)

2004 – 2008:     Business Development Team of the Fuel Cell Applications Facility of the Centre for Process

                          Innovation in Wilton, Teesside (Founding member)

2002 – 2006:     Newchem Technologies Ltd. (Founding Director and Company Secretary)

Paul has also held numerous other consultancy positions with companies in the energy and environment industries. 

Research Interests

Paul has 25 years experience in electrocatalysis & novel instrumentation development, having produced 1 book and over 150 publications in these fields as well as 7 patent applications.

These credentials have attracted over £3M in research council and industrial research funding (most recently £904K under the Supergen Fuel Cells initiative, in collaboration with Professor Keith Scott).