Beatrice Sampson

Centre for Doctoral Training Doctoral Researcher

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School of Chemical Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT
United Kingdom


Lead Supervisor

Professor Robert Steinberger-Wilckens

Research Summary

Beatrice joined the Centre for Doctoral Training in Fuel Cells and Their Fuels’ PhD Programme in September 2016 and is based at the University of Birmingham, School of Chemical Engineering. Prior to this, she studied a Master of Engineering Degree in Chemical and Energy Engineering at the University of Birmingham.

Her current research focuses on the added value of applied fuel cells, looking to improving their marketability through the added benefits and economics of total cost of ownership and externality costs. 

Beatrice is funded through the EPSRC CDT  in Fuel Cells and their fuels: EP/L015749/1.


MEng. (Hons) in Chemical and Energy Engineering, University of Birmingham.


Beatrice graduated from the University of Birmingham in July 2016, having done some research on electrode materials for the oxygen reduction reaction. She initially became interested in the CDT after completing a summer project with a current student looking at the Life Cycle Analysis of hydrogen fuel from agricultural waste products in her second year, and began her undergraduate degree with the intention of working in renewable energy technologies. 


Fuel cells generally have a significantly higher cost than the technologies they can replace, however in many applications they can offer more than just power provision and thus have ‘added value’. Beatrice is currently looking at added value benefits, total cost of ownership and externality costs, hoping to improve the marketability of fuel cells. She is working under the supervision of Professor Robert Steinberger-Wilckens. 

Other activities

Beatrice enjoys her time at the University of Birmingham Ninjutsu Club, where she gained a black belt in 2015 and spent three years on the running club committee. She is happiest making things - be it dinner, cakes, crafts or clothes - or on long winter walks in the countryside.