William Gannon

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Bill originally graduated from Keble College, Oxford in 1994 with a 1st class honours degree in Engineering Science. At the time he had no ambition to pursue an academic career, so instead he spent 10 years as an integrated circuit designer at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Didcot. One highlight of this period was the FENIX project, which involved 50,000 ICs installed at the large hadron collider (LHC) in CERN, which ultimately helped to discover the Higg's Boson. The other was designing two ICs for the Rosetta mission, which landed on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko in 2014. After a further 11 years working in IT, Bill followed his passion for science and the environment by enrolling on a full-time PhD in electrochemistry.

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Blog Post: Constant Phase Elements

In electrochemistry it is common to come across behaviour that can only be modelled using a constant phase element (CPE). For example, a measurement taken using electroimpedance spectoscopy (EIS) often produces a flattened or depressed semi-circle on a Nyquist plot. This indicates that a form of capacitance is present (coupled with a resistance), but it is non-ideal.

4th February 2020

Blog post: UK new car ban extended to include hybrids

The UK Government has announced that the date from which the sales of all new petrol and diesel cars and vans will be banned is being brought forward by 5 years, from 2040 to 2035.

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20th June 2019

Blog Post: UK Hydrogen Trains

The BBC this morning has news of a the UK's first hydrogen train. This is interesting news, but what's more interesting is that this is being driven by the UK government's commitment to phasing out diesel-only trains within the next 20 years. This could end up having a profound effect on hydrogen powered transport of all varieties.

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Blog Post: Changing Fuels

Climate Change is somewhat scary, and much of the time for those that have grasped how dire the forecasts actually are, it's difficult to think of something constructive that can actually be done. Here's one attempt at doing just that.