Rutherford Fellowships

We received £40K funding to support the travel, accommodation and research expenses for three African research fellows as part of a Rutherford strategic partnerships grant building on the relationships between STP, Kenya, South Africa and Swansea. We were delighted to welcome Faan and Celsio in January of 2019 to Swansea.  Unfortunately, our fellow from Kenya couldn't make it.


The mission for the fellows over the four months of January to April 2019 is to publish a paper on the concept of solar energy storage as hydrogen and use in the developing world.

Development of a Pt/stainless steel mesh catalyst and its application in catalytic hydrogen combustion

International Journal of Hydrogen Energy Volume 44, Issue 4911 October 2019Pages 27094-27106

S. P. du Preez, D. R. Jones, D. G. Bessarabov, A. Falch and  C. W. Dunnill

Thermally stable Pt/Ti mesh catalyst for catalytic hydrogen combustion

International Journal of Hydrogen EnergyVolume 45, Issue 3324 June 2020Pages 16851-16864

S. P. du Preez, D. R. Jones, M. E. A. Warwick, A. Falch, and C. W. Dunnill

HYENA Conference Cabo Verde 2019

By Charlie | April 30, 2019

On the 29th and 30th April 2019, we held our first International 2 day HYENA conference.  It was held in Cabo Verde in collaboration with University Cape Verde.  The first day had a conference dinner and travel to the island of Santiago and the second day we had a meeting at the university facilities. The … Read more

HYENA Conference Dinner 2019

By Charlie | April 29, 2019

O Poeta Lounge & Food. A great meal out with a perfect view.  Just what we needed the night before the conference.

Rutherford Fellows HYENA Conference

By Charlie | April 26, 2019

April 18th 2019 We ran a conference in the Civic Centre to celebrate the work carried out by the Rutherford fellows and the Network. Huge thank you to all the speakers. Elaine Forde Luci Attala Karen Morrow Mark Penny Charlie Dunnill Stephanus Du Preez Celsio Quaresma

Anzel trip from SA to Swansea

By Anzel | April 25, 2019

Dr. Anzel Falch received a travel grant from South Africa to travel to Swansea in order to support Faan, our Rutherford fellow and to discuss future collaborations.

Big Bang 2019

By Charlie | March 17, 2019

We attended the Big Bang over the full 4 days of the event in 2019  with TheHydrogenBike. The Big Bang is a HUGE STEM outereach event and one of the biggest science fairs in Europe. This year we split the team into 2 teams one for the set-up and the first 2 days and then … Read more

Interdisciplinary Futures: Enhancing Research & Impact

By Charlie | February 22, 2019

Leicester University hosted 50 Rutherford Fellows representing 15 countries from various host Universities across the UK. The event, ‘Interdisciplinary Futures: Enhancing research and impact through collaboration’, welcomed representatives from UUKi and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission to the event.   We had a good day at the conference and a nice meal in the evening.

Rutherford Fellows welcome dinner

By Charlie | January 31, 2019