Imperial College London

Dr Catriona M. McGilvery

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Research Facility Manager (Microscopy)



+44 (0)20 7594 2579catriona.mcgilvery




LGM 05KRoyal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





Catriona is a Research Officer in Electron Microscopy in the Department of Materials, specialising in Advanced Electron Microscopy Techniques.  Her responsibilities include helping run the Harvey Flower Electron Microscopy Facility with specific responsibility for the FEI Titan 80-300 (S)TEM and high end equipment on the other microscopes.  She is involved in training students and staff on the instruments, lecturing on undergraduate and post graduate electron microscopy courses in addition to maintaining microscopy equipment.

Her area of expertise include high resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning TEM (STEM), electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), 3D electron tomography and cryo-preparation techniques, as well as developing and implementing new techniques for the facility.  

Catriona is also involved in conducting research on specific projects and more broadly for the department as a whole.

Prior to her current role, Catriona achieved her PhD titled 'Nucleation and crystallisation of Hafnium compounds and thin films' from Imperial College London (2008) under the supervision of Prof. David W. McComb (Imperial) and Prof. Alan J. Craven (University of Glasgow), and obtained her undergraduate degree in Chemical Physics (MSci, 2004) at the University of Glasgow.



Lin CJ, Wang D, Peng L, et al., 2024, Carbides in AZ91 and their role in the grain refinement of magnesium, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Vol:971, ISSN:0925-8388

Depalle B, McGilvery CM, Nobakhti S, et al., 2021, Osteopontin regulates type I collagen fibril formation in bone tissue, Acta Biomaterialia, Vol:120, ISSN:1742-7061, Pages:194-202

McGilvery C, Jiang J, Rounthwaite N, et al., 2020, Characterisation of carbonaceous deposits on diesel injector nozzles, Fuel: the Science and Technology of Fuel and Energy, Vol:274, ISSN:0016-2361, Pages:1-9

McGilvery CM, Abellan P, Klosowski MM, et al., 2020, Nanoscale chemical heterogeneity in aromatic polyamide membranes for reverse osmosis applications, Acs Applied Materials & Interfaces, Vol:12, ISSN:1944-8244, Pages:19890-19902

Tsai C-Y, McGilvery CM, Aguadero A, et al., 2019, Phase evolution and reactivity of Pr2NiO4+δ and Ce0.9Gd0.1O2-δ composites under solid oxide cell sintering and operation temperatures, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol:44, ISSN:0360-3199, Pages:31458-31465

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