Imperial and UCL Projects

  • Energy Materials

    ● Accessing the local strain/stress state in structural materials using advanced characterisations
    ● Advanced electrodes for redox flow batteries
    ● Combinatorial analysis of mixed metal coatings deposited via inkjet printing
    ● Novel electrode materials for next-generation sustainable metal-ion batteries
    ● Investigating the nanoscale solid–liquid Interface for next generation batteries via cryogenic sub-atomic scale electron microscopy
    ● Microstructure characterisation of membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) in fuel cells and water electrolysers
    ● Operando spectroscopic analysis of (photo)electrocatalysts for green hydrogen
    ● Understanding morphology evolution during thermal processing of energy materials for green hydrogen
    ● Understanding the role of interfacial charge transfer states in charge photogeneration and recombination in solar energy conversion materials
    ● New directions in transparent conducting oxides (TCOs)
  • Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine

    ● Alveolar-on-a-chip cellular model to better understand alveolar regeneration
    ● ATR-FTIR imaging of nanoparticle-cell interactions
    ● Characterisation of interfacial biological materials: from membranes to phase separated systems
    ● Determining the micro-biomechanical signature of lung disease: correlated micromechanical and advanced-optical mapping of lung tissue
    ● Development of on-demand theranostic nanomaterials using flow chemistry
    ● Development of piezoelectric tough hydrogels for cartilage regeneration
    ● Nanoscale characterisation of broad-spectrum polymyxin antibiotics on live bacteria
  • Engineering Materials

    ● Complexion transitions in transparent ceramics
    ● Pore structure characterisation of green infrastructure using novel permeable pavements (PoreStruct)
    ● Resolving the multifunction demands of sodium battery electrodes
    ● Advanced chiral graphene systems for magnetic sensors
    ● Targeted iron oxide nanogels for ovarian cancer hyperthermia therapy
  • Electronic and Magnetic Materials

    ● Controlling carrier-phonon interactions in bismuth chalcohalides for sensitive medical imaging devices
    ● Controlling spins in two-dimensional magnets probed by GHz spectroscopy techniques
    ● Design and characterisation of bespoke magnetic nanomaterials for neuromorphic and reservoir computing hardware
    ● Developing a deeper understanding of doping and defects in metal oxide semiconductors
    ● Developing polarization-resolved ultrafast spectroscopies for charactersiation of chiral conjugated materials
    ● Exploring novel polar topologies for low power nano-electronics
    ● Life-like self-assembly of magnetic colloidal materials for photonics
    ● Quantum point defects in two-dimensional materials
    ● Quantum properties of engineered atomic-scale structures in germanium for future device applications
    ● Unveiling the electronic transport and optical properties of networks of two-dimensional materials: from transition metal dichalchogenides to MXenes.
  • Instrumentation & Technique Development

    ● Developing photo-induced enhancement of Raman scattering (PIERS) for large scale materials measurements of atomistic defects and surface-active sites
    ● From batteries to biomaterials: Next generation electrochemical EPR techniques to study redox flow reactions
    ● Smart flow synthesis of nanomaterials for energy and healthcare: Development of in-situ techniques for the characterisation and control of nanoparticle properties