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Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Royal Society University Research Fellow







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Heather is a Royal Society University Research Fellow in the Department of Chemical Engineering.

After graduating with a MSci in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, Heather obtained her PhD in 2017 from Imperial College developing covalent modification strategies on carbon nanomaterials. She was a postdoctoral research associate at Queen Mary University of London and Imperial College, where her research interests shifted to investigating charge storage mechanisms in sodium-ion battery anodes, and later a Faraday Institution Research Fellow, working on the development of engineered carbon hosts for sulfur cathodes in lithium-sulfur batteries.

Heather was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in 2023, allowing her to establish an independent research team exploring sustainable materials for structural energy storage.



Guo Z, Xu Z, Xie F, et al., 2023, Investigating the Superior Performance of Hard Carbon Anodes in Sodium-Ion Compared With Lithium- and Potassium-Ion Batteries, Advanced Materials, ISSN:0935-9648

de Tomas C, Alabidun S, Chater L, et al., 2023, Doping carbon electrodes with sulfur achieves reversible sodium ion storage, Journal of Physics-energy, Vol:5, ISSN:2515-7655

Mercer MP, Nagarathinam M, Gavilan-Arriazu EM, et al., 2023, Sodiation energetics in pore size controlled hard carbons determined <i>via</i> entropy profiling, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Vol:11, ISSN:2050-7488, Pages:6543-6555

Olsson E, Cottom J, Alptekin H, et al., 2022, Investigating the Role of Surface Roughness and Defects on EC Breakdown, as a Precursor to SEI Formation in Hard Carbon Sodium-Ion Battery Anodes, Small, Vol:18, ISSN:1613-6810

Rubio N, Suter T, Rana Z, et al., 2022, Platinum deposition on functionalised graphene for corrosion resistant oxygen reduction electrodes, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Vol:10, ISSN:2050-7488, Pages:20121-20127

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