Imperial College London
Research Project: Battery Materials Investigated by Atomic-scale Cryogenic Microscopy Characterisation
Supervisors: Prof Finn Giuliani (ICL), Dr Shelly Conroy (ICL)
Rahil graduated from the University of Warwick with a Masters in Physics. In the summer of 2021, he spent his time working with the Surface Physics department under supervision of Dr Gavin Bell at the University of Warwick to develop both thin film and bulk InBi for use in spintronic applications. The thin films were developed using Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) and the bulk samples were made through using a horizontal bridgemen technique. He then spent time abroad at the ATTOLab in Université Paris-Saclay studying the samples made by performing in situ ARPES and XPS measurements. In the summer of 2022, he then spent the summer working with Dr Tara Schiller at the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) to develop inhouse methods of testing if hydrophobic car coatings could be used for use on photovoltaics. Lastly in 2023, Rahil’s masters project involved studying the effects of paramagnetic ions on porous frameworks, in particular mesoporous silica structures and metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). He did this working under supervision of Dr Dominik Kubicki in the ssNMR group.
For his PhD project, Rahil will be taking advantage of the new cryo-microscopy facilities at Imperial Collage London to investigate and develop new battery materials. In particular, he will study the use of nitrides as an electrode material and the effect of degradation at electrode-electrolyte interface through use of Atom Probe Tomography.
Being part of the CDT-ACM was an all-round fantastic experience; I not only received great training in a range of advanced characterisation techniques, but I also made strong links with industry and strong bonds with my cohort which have both led to fruitful collaborations.