Dr Neil V Rees BA(Hons), DPhil, MRSC

Dr Neil V Rees

School of Chemical Engineering

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Neil Rees is a lecturer in fuel cell research within the Centre for Hydrogen Energy and Fuel Cell Research in the School of Chemical Engineering.

Neil has published over 80 scientific articles in journals and books, and has wide-ranging research interests in fundamental and applied electrochemistry with particular focus on nanoelectrochemistry.


  • DPhil in Electrochemistry 2004
  • BA(Hons) Chemistry 1995


Neil Rees qualified with a BA(Hons) in Chemistry from Oxford University in 1995. After a short career in finance as a chartered accountant and chartered tax consultant, he returned to Oxford in 2001 and obtained his DPhil in Electrochemistry in 2004.

Postdoctoral research at Cardiff University into in-situ electrochemical SERS (Prof. G.A. Attard) and Oxford (Prof. R.G. Compton) followed until his appointment at Birmingham in Summer 2012.


Research Themes

  • Nanoelectrochemistry
  • Hydrodynamic electrochemistry
  • Charge transfer kinetics


Some recent publications include:

Kahk J.M., Rees N.V., Pillay J., Vilakazi S., Tshikhudo R., Compton R.G., (2012). Electron transfer kinetics at single nanoparticles, Nano Today 7:174-179

Stuart E.J.E, Zhou Y-G., Rees N.V., Compton R.G. (2012).Determining unknown concentrations of nanoparticles: the particle-impact electrochemistry of nickel and silver. RSC Adv. 2:6879-6884. 2:6879-6884

Zhou Y-G., Rees N.V., Compton R.G. (2012). The electrochemical detection of tagged nanoparticles via particle-electrode collisions: nanoelectroanalysis beyond immobilisation Chem. Commun. 48:2510-2512

Zhou Y-G., Rees N.V., Compton R.G. (2012). Making contact: charge transfer during particle-electrode collisions. RSC Adv. 2:379-384

Zhou Y-G., Rees N.V., Pillay J., Vilakazi S., Tshikhudo R., Compton R.G., (2012). Gold nanoparticles show electroactivity: counting and sorting nanoparticles upon impact with electrodes Chem. Commun. 48:224-226

Rees N.V., Compton R.G. (2011). Sustainable energy: a review of formic acid electrochemical fuel cells. J. Solid State Electrochem. 15:2095-2100.

Rees N.V., Compton R.G. (2011).Carbon-free energy: a review of ammonia- and hydrazine-based electrochemical fuel cells. Energy Environ. Sci. 4:1255-1260

Rees N.V., Compton R.G. (2011). Electrochemical CO2 sequestration in ionic liquids; a perspective. Energy Environ. Sci. 4:403-408

Zhou Y-G., Rees N.V., Compton R.G. (2011).The Electrochemical Detection and Characterization of Silver Nanoparticles in Aqueous Solution. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 50:4219-4221

Rees N.V., Compton R.G. (2010). Voltammetry as a probe of displacement. Chem. Commun. 46:4238-4248

Rees N.V., Matthews S.M., Yunus K., Fisher A.C., Compton R.G. (2009). A Method for the Positioning and Tracking of Small Moving Particles. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 48:2376-2378