North East Centre for Energy Materials (NECEM)

The EPSRC North East Centre for Energy Materials (NECEM) unites a broad range of expertise across academia and industry to address one of the most fundamentally critical aspects of all energy systems, namely, the interfaces between the materials within and their interaction with the environment in which they operate. Our vision is to identify, exploring our unique blend of materials discovery, analysis techniques and energy applications, new approaches operating over a full range of length scales (nm-m).

3rd Generation PV in the Developing World Conference

Durham University will host a conference on 3rd Generation PV in the Developing World, 11th-13th May 2020.

6th North East Energy Materials Meeting

The 6th North East Energy Materials meeting took place at Northumbria University on 19th November 2019. There were 47 attendees, with representatives from industry and the NECEM partner universities.

6th NEEM Meeting

Northumbria University will be hosting the 6th North East Energy Materials (NEEM) Meeting on 19th November 2019 in conjunction with the ReNU CDT Week.

NECEM Seminar: Architectural Design, Building Performance Simulation and Energy

Dr. Neveen Hamza from Newcastle University is an architect and a building scientist with an interest in building performance simulation and energy . She will present a NECEM seminar on 13th November 2-3pm at Newcastle University.

“Modelling of organic semiconductors for solar energy harvesting"

Dr. Roderick MacKenzie from the University of Nottingham will deliver a NECEM seminar on Wednesday 30th October at Durham University.

Energy Revolution Engagement Events at the Great North Museum

NECEM showcased our research on renewable energy in a joint project with the Great North Museum: Hancock in conjunction with the Dippy Exhibit over the summer of 2019.

“Magnetic Resonance Studies of Solid-State Ionic Conductors"

We are excited to welcome Dr Gillian R. Goward from McMaster University, who will deliver a NECEM seminar entitled “Magnetic Resonance Studies of Solid-State Ionic Conductors” on Tuesday 22nd October at 2-3 pm at Newcastle University.

NECEM Public Engagement Activities

As part of our ongoing series of engagement activities NECEM has commissioned a video showcasing how our research is addressing the urgent need for clean renewable energy.

NECEM Summer School 2019

Thank you to all the speakers and delegates who attended the NECEM Summer School on NMR and EPR Spectroscopy for Energy Materials.

NECEM Summer School: NMR and EPR Spectroscopy for Energy Materials

The 2nd NECEM Summer School focusing on NMR and EPR Spectroscopy for Energy Materials will take place on the 2nd to the 4th September 2019 at Newcastle University.

NECEM Photovoltaic Workshop

NECEM Photovoltaic Workshop on 2nd August 2019

NECEM International Conference on Energy Materials and Interfaces

On behalf of Dr Libby Gibson, the NECEM Management Committee we would like to say a massive thank you to everyone involved in the NECEM International Conference on Energy Material and Interfaces.

CONEXS Summer School: Analysis of X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy

The first CONEXS (COllaborative NEtwork for X-ray Spectroscopy)summer school will take from at Newcastle university from 10-12th September. It will focus upon analysis techniques for the near-edge structure of X-ray absorption spectra.

NECEM Energy Storage Workshop

NECEM will host an Energy Storage Workshop on 2nd August 2019 after the main NECEM conference.

NECEM Street Scientists at the Great North Museum

NECEM researchers ran an event on 29th May 2019 to showcase our research to children visiting the Great North Museum.

International Conference on Energy Materials and Interfaces

International Conference on Energy Materials and Interfaces

Centre for Doctoral Training in Renewable Energy

EPSRC has announced that £5.2 million has been awarded to Northumbria, Newcastle and Durham Universities to open a new national Centre for Doctoral Training in renewable energies.

UK Energy Storage Conference (UKES 2019)

NECEM's Director Prof Ulrich Stimming will be a member of the Science Advisory Board for the UK Energy Storage Conference (UKES 2019), which will be held at Newcastle University from Tuesday, 3 September to Thursday, 5 September 2019.

“Transforming (photo)electrochemical activity using interfacial nano-layers”

Dr Matthew T. Mayer of Helmholtz Center Berlin for Materials and Energy will be presenting a NECEM seminar 14:00pm-15:00pm, Wednesday 10th July 2019 at Newcastle University.

Developing cheaper and more efficient solar power

NECEM researcher Dr Budhika Mendis of Durham University has helped to solve a puzzle that could lead to cheaper and more efficient solar power.

"Molecular Processes in Intercalation and Redox Flow Batteries"

The first seminar in the NECEM series was given by Professor Ulrich Stimming in February 2018 at Durham University

1st Conference on Aerogel Inspired Materials

NECEM researcher Prof Lidija Siller is organising the 1st Conference on Aerogel Inspired Materials on 18th to 20th September 2019.

"Computational discovery of molecular materials"

Dr Kim Jelfs of Imperial College, London will be presenting a NECEM seminar 15:00pm-16:00pm, Wednesday 26th June 2019 at Newcastle University.

“Multiscale modelling aided materials design for energy conversion and storage”

Dr Qiong Cai from University of Surrey will be presenting a NECEM Seminar, 14:00pm-15:00pm, Wednesday 15th May 2019 at Newcastle University.

Can crude analysis alone determine prospects for energy materials?

NECEM management committee member Dr Neil Beattie from Northumbria University has published a popular article in Physics World.

“Laser Annealing of Thin-film Photovoltaics”

Dr Elliot Woolley from Loughborough University will present a NECEM seminar 14:00pm-15:00pm, Thursday 11th April 2019 at Northumbria University.

"Explaining Charge Mobility Regimes in Amorphous Materials"

Dr. Karin Zojer from Graz University of Technology will present a NECEM seminar on 8th April 15:00pm-16:00pm at Newcastle University.

5th NEEM Meeting

The 5th North East Energy Materials (NEEM) Meeting took place at St James' Park in January 2019.

"SHINing Light on Electrode Interfaces”

Prof Laurence J. Hardwick from University of Liverpool will present a NECEM seminar on 20th March 2019 14:00pm-15:00pm. The title of the seminar is "SHINing Light on Electrode Interfaces”.

NECEM Flexi Fund Call for Proposals

We are delighted to announce NECEM’s call for proposals to its Flexi Fund.

“Linear and non-linear spectroscopy using quantum photons"

Prof. Eric R. Bittner from the University of Houston will present a NECEM seminar on 13th March 2019 14:00-15:00pm.

"Integrated Spectral Conversion Materials for Luminescent Solar Devices"

Dr Rachel C. Evans from University of Cambridge will present a seminar at 14:00pm-15:00pm, 20th February 2019 at Newcastle University

"Nanodiamond: A New Energy Material"

Prof Eiji Ōsawa, Professor Emeritus/NanoCarbon Research Institute, Ueda, Japan will present a seminar 13:00pm-14:00pm, 4th December 2018 at Newcastle University

"Terahertz Spectroscopy of Organic Semiconductors"

Dr Natalie Banerji from University of Bern, Switzerland will present a seminar at 14:00pm-15:00pm, 14th December 2018 at Newcastle University

"Interpretation of STM Results with the Help of Numerical Calculations"

Dr. Xavier Bouju from CEMES-CNRS, France will present a NECEM seminar on 21st November 2018 at Newcastle University

"Routes to High Efficiency Solar Cells: Next Generation Photovoltaics"

The next NECEM seminar is to be given by Dr Ian Sellers from the University of Oklahoma at Northumbria University on Thursday 4th October

NECEM Summer School: "X-rays for Energy Materials"

The first NECEM summer school is taking place from the 5th to the 7th of September and will have the theme of the use of x-rays in energy material research

"Copper Complexes for Dye-sensitized Solar Cells"

Dr Marina Freitag from Uppsala University will be giving a seminar on Thursday 27th September at Newcastle University

“Structural energy storage composite supercapacitors”

The second seminar in the NECEM series was given by Dr. Natasha Shirshova in March 2018 at Northmbria University

"Nanocrystal Inks for Solar Paint"

The third seminar in the NECEM series is to be given by Dr Guillame Zoppi at Newcastle University on Wednesday 16th May

Official Launch of NECEM

The official launch event of NECEM took place on Friday 16th March 2018 at Newcastle University

Faraday Institution Project

Professor Ulrich Stimming has been awarded a £1.5 million Faraday Institution project

Combining Expertise

NECEM combines the expertise of Newcastle, Durham, and Northumbria University as well as that of local and international industrial partners

Welcome to NECEM

The EPSRC North East Centre for Energy Materials (NECEM) aims to sustainably address global challenges through combining expertise