Imperial academic awarded Royal Society medal


Professor Magda Titirici

Professor Magda Titirici has been recognised with the Kavli Medal and Lecture by the Royal Society.

The Kavli Medal and Lecture is awarded annually for excellence in all fields of science and engineering relevant to the environment. The medal is of bronze gilt and is accompanied by a gift of £1,000.

Professor Magda Titirici, Chair in Sustainable Energy Materials in the Department of Chemical Engineering, was awarded the medal for her outstanding contributions to advancing the sustainability of energy storage and conversion technologies by performing interdisciplinary research at the interface between electrochemistry, materials science and chemical engineering.

Professor Titirici said: "It is a tremendous honour to receive such a prestigious award from Royal Society, the oldest scientific society in the world, which to me means the recognition of the hard work of my current and past research group and collaborators.

"I am especially flattered when looking at previous winners since the Kavli Medal and Lecture was established in 2011, scientific giants who I greatly admire for their outstanding research outputs. I am grateful to all those who have supported me to get here, especially my colleagues at Imperial College who nominated me."

Sir Adrian Smith, President of the Royal Society, said: “Through its medals and awards the Royal Society recognises those researchers and science communicators who have played a critical part in expanding our understanding of the world around us.” 

“On behalf of the Royal Society I congratulate each of our award winners and thank them for their work.” 

Professor Titirici received her PhD in Materials Chemistry from University of Dortmund in Germany. She then joined the Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces as a Postdoctoral Fellow and later became a Group Leader. In 2013 she moved to Queen Mary University of London as a Reader in Materials Science, receiving a promotion to Professor in 2014. In January 2019 Magda move to Imperial College London to take up a Chair in Sustainable Energy Materials.

Her current research interests involve sustainable materials with focus on carbon and carbon hybrids produced via hydrothermal processes, waste recycling into advance products, avoidance of critical elements in renewable energy technologies and the development of truly sustainable clean energy storage.


More information and the full list of winners can be viewed on the Royal Society website.


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