Dr Christian Laycock

Research Fellow

SERC, South Wales University

  • Alfred Russel Wallace Building
    Upper Glyntaff
    University of South Wales
    Pontypridd
    CF37 4AT
  • 01443 482227
  • christianlaycock@southwales.ac.uk

Experience

Christian currently has research interests in the preparation and testing of novel electrode materials for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells running on biomass derived gas streams. In particular, his research focuses on increasing the catalytic activity of these electrode materials towards hydrocarbon conversion and increasing their tolerance towards carbon deposition and gaseous sulfur compounds. He also has research interests in the utilisation of solid waste materials such as low quality waste glass and bio-char for the preparation of catalytically active systems for the removal of moisture, sulfur- and silicon-containing contaminants from gas streams.

Role in SOLCER

Christian's role is to input and expertise in the implementation and testing of laboratory scale and state-of-the-art micro-CHP Solid Oxide Fuel Cell systems running on hydrogen, methane and nitrogen-based fuels such biohydrogen, biogas and ammonia. In particular, he has expertise in fuel composition, fuel processing and fuel purification requirements for SOFCs operating under a range of conditions and temperatures.

Publications

Biogas as a fuel for solid oxide fuel cells and synthesis gas production: effects of ceria-doping and hydrogen sulfide on the performance of nickel-based anode materials

Christian J. Laycock, John Z. Staniforth and R. Mark Ormerod

Dalton Transactions, 2011, 40, 5494-5504.

Summary: This paper reports on a series of investigations into the catalytic activity of nickel-based SOFC anodes towards biogas conversion. The effect of doping with ceria and sulphur addition on the performance of these materials was established.

Persistent species formed during the carbon dioxide reforming of methane over a nickel–alumina catalyst

Ian P. Silverwood, Neil G. Hamilton, John Z. Staniforth, Christian J. Laycock, Stewart F. Parker, R. Mark Ormerod and David Lennon

Catalysis Today, 2010, 155 (3-4), 319-325.

Summary: This paper reports on the use of Inelastic Neutron Scattering for the analysis of carbon residues deposited on nickel-based catalysts during carbon dioxide reforming of methane. The data was complimented with reaction data collected from catalytic microreactors.

Quantification of surface species present on a nickel/alumina methane reforming catalyst

Ian P. Silverwood, Neil G. Hamilton, Christian J. Laycock, John Z. Staniforth, R. Mark Ormerod, Christopher D. Frost, Stewart F. Parker and David Lennon

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2010, 12, 3102-3107.

Summary: This paper reports on the use of Inelastic Neutron Scattering for the analysis of carbon residues deposited on nickel-based catalysts during carbon dioxide reforming of methane. A calibration method for the use of Inelastic Neutron Scattering is described.

Improving the sulphur tolerance of nickel catalysts for running solid oxide fuel cells on waste biogas

Christian J. Laycock, John Z. Staniforth and R. Mark Ormerod

Electrochemical Society Transactions, 2008, 16 (50), 177-188.

Summary: This paper reports on a series of investigations into the catalytic activity of nickel-based SOFC anodes towards biogas conversion. The effect of doping with ceria, gold and hafnia on the performance of these materials was established.