Mary joined Imperial College in 1998 having spent three years at Brookhaven National Laboratory in the US, first as a post-doctoral researcher and then as staff scientist in the Materials Division. Her doctoral work at the University of Manchester was on the use of in-situ ECSTM to study the formation of ultra-thin surface oxides on base metals, showing for the first time that these surfaces are crystalline phases. At Brookhaven she developed the use of in-situ techniques in electrochemical systems, this time with synchrotron radiation-based techniques.
Her current research is in the area of applied electrochemistry and corrosion, with a focus on deposition of nanostructures and the study of self-forming nanocrystalline oxides; as well as fundamental work on degradation and stability of metal systems.
She is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials Mining and Minerals (member of the Corrosion Committee and Corrosion Network 2015-) and a member of the International Society of Electrochemistry (Materials Division Chair 2013-2015)
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