Who am I?
Sam specialises in the utilisation of electrochemical techniques for the testing and production of state-of-the-art clean energy storage devices. His research focuses on combining electrolysis and fuel cell technology with 3D printing to find new and future-proof ways of storing energy – and his goal is to create a breakthrough that marries up 3D print and fuel cell technology. Sam also conducts fundamental research into 2D nanomaterials such as graphene and molybdenum disufide.
A passionate environmentalist, Sam loves working with local SMEs to educate them on renewable energy sources and develop next-generation fuel cell and hydrogen devices. As well as conducting research and liaising with local businesses, he supervises current PhD students.
Sam also runs his own business, Manchester’s only rum distillery. Sam learnt the experimental distillation processes that the distillery uses during his own higher education.
Research Expertise, Publications & Grants
A. García‐Miranda Ferrari, JL. Pimlott, MP. Down, SJ. Rowley‐Neale, CE. Banks (2021).MoO 2 Nanowire Electrochemically Decorated Graphene Additively Manufactured Supercapacitor Platforms.Advanced Energy Materials.pp.2100433-2100433.
S. N., JP. Hughes, PS. Adarakatti, M. C., SJ. Rowley-Neale,et al.(2021).Facile synthesis of Ni/NiO nanocomposites: the effect of Ni content in NiO upon the oxygen evolution reaction within alkaline media.RSC Advances.11(24), pp.14654-14664.
JP. Hughes, J. Clipsham, H. Chavushoglu, SJ. Rowley-Neale, CE. Banks (2021).Polymer electrolyte electrolysis: A review of the activity and stability of non-precious metal hydrogen evolution reaction and oxygen evolution reaction catalysts.Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews.139,
JP. Hughes, S. Rowley-Neale, C. Banks (2021).Enhancing the efficiency of the hydrogen evolution reaction utilising Fe3P bulk modified screen-printed electrodes via the application of a magnetic field.RSC Advances.11, pp.8073-8079.
J. Scremin, GJ. Mattos, RD. Crapnell, SJ. Rowley-Neale, CE. Banks,et al.(2020).Glassy Carbon Electrode Modified with Layering of Carbon Black/Poly(Allylamine Hydrochloride) Composite for Multianalyte Determination.Electroanalysis.33(2), pp.526-536.
N. Srinivasa, L. Shreenivasa, PS. Adarakatti, RD. Crapnell, SJ. Rowley-Neale,et al.(2020).Functionalized Co3O4 Graphitic Nanoparticles: A High Performance Electrocatalyst for the Oxygen Evolution Reaction.International Journal of Hydrogen Energy.45(56), pp.31380-31388.
J. Scremin, IV. Joviano dos Santos, JP. Hughes, A. García-Miranda Ferrari, E. Valderrama,et al.(2020).Platinum nanoparticle decorated vertically aligned graphene screen-printed electrodes: electrochemical characterisation and exploration towards the hydrogen evolution reaction.Nanoscale.
A. García-Miranda Ferrari, P. Carrington, SJ. Rowley-Neale, CE. Banks (2020).Recent advances in portable heavy metal electrochemical sensing platforms.Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology.
M. Amin, S. Rowley-Neale, L. Shalamanova, S. Lynch, JT. Wilson-Nieuwenhuis,et al.(2020).Molybdenum Disulfide Surfaces to Reduce Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilm Formation.ACS Appl Mater Interfaces.12(18), pp.21057-21069.
O. Jamieson, TCC. Soares, BA. de Faria, A. Hudson, F. Mecozzi,et al.(2020).Screen Printed Electrode Based Detection Systems for the Antibiotic Amoxicillin in Aqueous Samples Utilising Molecularly Imprinted Polymers as Synthetic Receptors.Chemosensors.8(1), pp.5-5.
A. García-Miranda Ferrari, DAC. Brownson, AS. Abo Dena, CW. Foster, SJ. Rowley-Neale,et al.(2020).Tailoring the electrochemical properties of 2D-hBN via physical linear defects: physicochemical, computational and electrochemical characterisation.Nanoscale Advances.2(1), pp.264-273.
JP. Hughes, PL. dos Santos, MP. Down, CW. Foster, JA. Bonacin,et al.(2020).Single step additive manufacturing (3D printing) of electrocatalytic anodes and cathodes for efficient water splitting.Sustainable Energy & Fuels.4(1), pp.302-311.
PL. dos Santos, SJ. Rowley-Neale, AGM. Ferrari, JA. Bonacin, CE. Banks (2019).Ni−Fe (Oxy)hydroxide Modified Graphene Additive Manufactured (3D-Printed) Electrochemical Platforms as an Efficient Electrocatalyst for the Oxygen Evolution Reaction.ChemElectroChem.6(22), pp.5633-5641.
JP. Hughes, FD. Blanco, CE. Banks, SJ. Rowley-Neale (2019).Mass-producible 2D-WS2 bulk modified screen printed electrodes towards the hydrogen evolution reaction.RSC Advances.9(43), pp.25003-25011.
PS. Adarakatti, M. Mahanthappa, JP. Hughes, SJ. Rowley-Neale, GC. Smith,et al.(2019).MoS2-graphene-CuNi2S4 nanocomposite an efficient electrocatalyst for the hydrogen evolution reaction.International Journal of Hydrogen Energy.44(31), pp.16069-16078.
M. Baccarin, SJ. Rowley-Neale, ÉTG. Cavalheiro, GC. Smith, CE. Banks (2019).Nanodiamond based surface modified screen-printed electrodes for the simultaneous voltammetric determination of dopamine and uric acid.Microchimica Acta.186(3),
N. Srinivasa, L. Shreenivasa, PS. Adarakatti, JP. Hughes, SJ. Rowley-Neale,et al.(2019).In situ addition of graphitic carbon into a NiCo2O4/CoO composite: Enhanced catalysis toward the oxygen evolution reaction.RSC Advances: an international journal to further the chemical sciences.9(43), pp.24995-25002.
GD. Pierini, CW. Foster, SJ. Rowley-Neale, H. Fernández, CE. Banks (2018).A facile electrochemical intercalation and microwave assisted exfoliation methodology applied to screen-printed electrochemical-based sensing platforms to impart improved electroanalytical outputs.Analyst.143(14), pp.3360-3365.
E. Martínez-Periñán, I. Bravo, SJ. Rowley-Neale, E. Lorenzo, CE. Banks (2018).Carbon Nanodots as Electrocatalysts towards the Oxygen Reduction Reaction.Electroanalysis.30(3), pp.436-444.
SJ. Rowley-Neale, EP. Randviir, AS. Abo Dena, CE. Banks (2018).An overview of recent applications of reduced graphene oxide as a basis of electroanalytical sensing platforms.Applied Materials Today.10, pp.218-226.
MP. Down, SJ. Rowley-Neale, GC. Smith, CE. Banks (2018).Fabrication of Graphene Oxide Supercapacitor Devices.ACS Applied Energy Materials.1(2), pp.707-714.
A. Yadegari, L. Samiee, S. Tasharrofi, S. Tajik, A. Rashidi,et al.(2017).Nitrogen doped nanoporous graphene: An efficient metal-free electrocatalyst for the oxygen reduction reaction.RSC Advances.7(87), pp.55555-55566.
KA. Whitehead, M. Vaidya, CM. Liauw, DAC. Brownson, P. Ramalingam,et al.(2017).Antimicrobial activity of graphene oxide-metal hybrids.International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation.123, pp.182-190.
SJ. Rowley-Neale, GC. Smith, CE. Banks (2017).Mass-Producible 2D-MoS2-Impregnated Screen-Printed Electrodes That Demonstrate Efficient Electrocatalysis toward the Oxygen Reduction Reaction.ACS Appl Mater Interfaces.9(27), pp.22539-22548.
SJ. Rowley-Neale, CW. Foster, GC. Smith, DAC. Brownson, CE. Banks (2017).Mass-producible 2D-MoSe2 bulk modified screen-printed electrodes provide significant electrocatalytic performances towards the hydrogen evolution reaction.Sustainable Energy & Fuels.1(1), pp.74-83.
GB. de-Mello, L. Smith, SJ. Rowley-Neale, J. Gruber, SJ. Hutton,et al.(2017).Surfactant-exfoliated 2D molybdenum disulphide (2D-MoS2): the role of surfactant upon the hydrogen evolution reaction.RSC Advances.7(58), pp.36208-36213.
SJ. Rowley-Neale, JM. Fearn, DAC. Brownson, GC. Smith, X. Ji,et al.(2016).2D molybdenum disulphide (2D-MoS2) modified electrodes explored towards the oxygen reduction reaction.Nanoscale.8(31), pp.14767-14777.
SJ. Rowley-Neale, DAC. Brownson, CE. Banks (2016).Defining the origins of electron transfer at screen-printed graphene-like and graphite electrodes: MoO2 nanowire fabrication on edge plane sites reveals electrochemical insights.Nanoscale.8(33), pp.15241-15251.
SJ. Rowley-Neale, DAC. Brownson, GC. Smith, DAG. Sawtell, PJ. Kelly,et al.(2015).2D nanosheet molybdenum disulphide (MoS2) modified electrodes explored towards the hydrogen evolution reaction.Nanoscale.7(43), pp.18152-18168.
·Chapters in books
SJ. Rowley-Neale, CE. Banks (2018). Biosensors—Microelectrode Design and Operation. In:Encyclopedia of Interfacial Chemistry. Elsevier, pp.72-80.
SJ. Rowley-Neale, CE. Banks (2018). Electrocatalytic Properties of Carbon Electrode Surfaces. In:Encyclopedia of Interfacial Chemistry. Elsevier, pp.531-538.
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Engagement & Knowledge Exchange
Projects and initiatives
AQUACHECK in conjunction with Seven Trent Water have partnered, via a KTP with Dr Rowley-Neale (CI) in order to produce a portable electrochemical lead sensor.(2019-Present)
The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) partnered, via a KTP and Dr Rowley-Neale (CI) to investigate the application of 2D advanced materials as cost effective alternatives to precious metals within fuel cell technologies.(2019-Present)
Awards, Honours & Distinctions
Prizes and awards
2018 EPSRC Clean energy grant - 100,000. The grant was to explore the use of 2D-MoS2 as a cost effective alternative to Pt within electrolysers, thereby allowing for a reduction in the cost of hydrogen making it more competitive with fossil fuel counterparts.
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Manchester Met full-time employee and will teach at Manchester Metropolitan Joint Institute, Hubei University.