John Irvine is Professor of Chemistry at the University of St Andrews. His first degree is in Chemical Physics from Edinburgh University and he obtained a DPhil from the University of Ulster in Photoelectrochemistry. His research interests are in solid state ionics, new materials, ceramic processing, electrochemistry, fuel cell technology, hydrogen, photoelectrochemistry, electrochemical conversion and heterogeneous catalysis.
He has established a significant international research grouping investigating fundamental electrochemistry, solid state chemistry and materials science addressing critical energy problems. This research is driven both by the need to solve the current environmental and energy supply problems facing mankind and an interest in new science that challenges conventional assumptions. Major drivers for this research are