George Harrington

I carry out research on advanced functional oxide materials with applications for energy conversion devices such as fuel cells, electrolyses, and gas permeation membranes, as well as sensors and next generation memory. I have a deep interest in the relationship between the synthesis/processing, structure/chemistry, and properties of materials, which I investigate through a well-rounded research approach including material fabrication, high-quality characterisation, and defect-modelling with a focus on interfaces and surfaces.

I am a Marie Curie Research Fellow at RWTH Aachen University working within the Institute of Physical Chemistry.

Previously I was an Assistant Professor at Kyushu University working in Center for Co-Evolutional Social Systems (CESS), the Next-Generation Fuel Cell Research Centre (NEXT-FC), and the International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER).

In addition, I was also a Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for 6 years where I worked in the Crystal Physics and Electroceramics Laboratory within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.


News

February 2022: I will be giving a talk and presenting a poster at the upcoming 23rd International Conference on Solid State Ionics (SSI-23) in Boston, USA in July 2022.

October 2021: New paper on "Back-to-Basics tutorial: X-ray diffraction of thin films published in the Journal of Electroceramics.

September 2021: Very excited to announce that the Back-to-Basics Tutorial Series has been launch at the Journal of Electroceramics, with me as one of the Guest Editors. The series aims to lower the barrier for scientists performing measurements with a new technique for the first time

September 2021: Started a new position as a Marie Curie Research Fellow at RWTH Aachen working in the Institute of Physical Chemistry.

June 2021: I will be helping to organise the Defects and Transport Mechanisms in Solid Electrolytes and Mixed Conductors symposium at next years 23rd International Conference on Solid State Ionics (SSI-23) in Boston, USA in July 2022.

March 2021: New paper on "Strain-modified ionic conductivity in rare-earth substituted ceria: effects of migration direction, barriers, and defect-interactions" published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A.

January 2021: I will be giving an invited talk in the 'Solid state ionics: advanced concepts and devices' session at the 2021 Spring Meeting of the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) in Strasbourg, France (held online) in June 2021 (postponed from 2020).

December 2020: New paper on "Anisotropic Strain in Rare-Earth Substituted Ceria Thin Films Probed by Polarized Raman Spectroscopy and First-Principles Calculations" published in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.

October 2020: New paper on "Acidity of surface-infiltrated binary oxides as a sensitive descriptor of oxygen exchange kinetics in mixed conducting oxides" published in Nature Catalysis.

August 2020: I will be giving an invited talk in the 'Point Defects and Transport in Ceramics (S10)' session at the ACerS Electronic Materials and Applications 2021 (EMA 2021) Conference online in January 2021.

July 2020: I will be giving a talk at the Electroceramics XVII conference in Darmstadt, Germany (held online) in August 2020.

July 2021: I will be giving a talk and chairing a session at the ECS PRiME conference in Honolulu, USA (held online) in October 2020.

June 2020: New paper on "Heteroepitaxial (111) ZnGa2O4 Thin Films Grown on (00.1) Sapphire by Pulsed Laser Deposition" published in Physica Status Solidi RRL.

March 2020: New paper on "Gram-scale synthesis of alkoxide-derived nitrogen-doped carbon foam as a support for Fe–N–C electrocatalysts" published in Nanotechnology.

February 2020: New paper on "Thickness-dependent microstructural properties of heteroepitaxial (00.1) CuFeO2 thin films on (00.1) sapphire by pulsed laser deposition" published in the Journal of Applied Physics.

January 2020: I will be giving an invited talk in the 'Solid Oxide Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technology' symposium at the 8th International Congress on Ceramics (ICC8) in Busan, Korea in August 2020.

September 2019: New paper on "Tailoring Nonstoichiometry and Mixed Ionic Electronic Conductivity in Pr0.1Ce0.9O2-δ/SrTiO3 Heterostructures" published in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.

August 2019: I gave a talk about how to write grants at the 2019 Kakenhi Seminar at Kyushu University.

August 2019: I will be giving an invited talk in the 'Point Defects and Transport in Ceramics (S10)' session at the ACerS Electronic Materials and Applications 2020 (EMA 2020) Conference in Florida, USA in January 2020.

July 2019: I will be giving an invited talk in the 'Solid state ionics: advanced concepts and devices' session at the 2020 Spring Meeting of the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) in Strasbourg, France in May 2020.

June 2019: New paper on "Modifying Grain Boundary Ionic/Electronic Transport in Nano-Sr- and Mg- Doped LaGaO3-δ by Sintering Variations" published in the Journal of The Electrochemical Society.

May 2019: I will be giving an invited talk in the 'Transport/Defects' session at the International Conference on Electroceramics (ICE) as part of the f22 conference in Lausanne, Switzerland in July 2019.

April 2019: I will be giving a talk and presenting a poster at the 22nd International Conference on Solid State Ionics (SSI-22) in PyeongChang, Korea in June 2019.

March 2019: I will be presenting at the Nonstoichiometric Compounds VII in Miyazaki, Japan in March 2019.

January 2019: I will be co-organising the SOFC/SOEC session at the International Conference on Electroceramics (ICE) as part of the f22 conference in Lausanne, Switzerland in July 2019.

January 2019: New paper on "Emergence of Rapid Oxygen Surface Exchange Kinetics During In Situ Crystallization of Mixed Conducting Thin Film Oxides" published in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.

January 2019: New paper on "The interplay and impact of strain and defect association on the conductivity of rare-earth substituted ceria" published in Acta Materiala.

November 2018: This website is launched.