Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Research Associate



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459ACE ExtensionSouth Kensington Campus





Heather is a Faraday Institution Research Fellow in the group of Prof. Magda Titirici (Department of Chemical Engineering), where she is exploring sustainable materials for energy storage. Her current project focuses on the development of engineered carbon hosts for sulfur cathodes in lithium-sulfur batteries.

Heather obtained her PhD in 2017 from Imperial College developing covalent modification strategies on carbon nanomaterials. She has held postdoctoral research positions at Queen Mary University of London and Imperial College, investigating the fundamental charge storage mechanisms in hard carbon anodes for sodium-ion batteries.



Trotta F, Wang GJ, Guo Z, et al., 2022, A Comparative Techno-Economic and Lifecycle Analysis of Biomass-Derived Anode Materials for Lithium- and Sodium-Ion Batteries, Advanced Sustainable Systems, Vol:6, ISSN:2366-7486

Au H, Crespo-Ribadeneyra M, Titirici MM, 2022, Beyond Li-ion batteries: performance, materials diversification, and sustainability, One Earth, Vol:5, ISSN:2590-3330, Pages:207-211

Alptekin H, Au H, Olsson E, et al., 2021, Elucidation of the Solid Electrolyte Interphase Formation Mechanism in Micro-Mesoporous Hard-Carbon Anodes, Advanced Materials Interfaces, Vol:9, ISSN:2196-7350

Rubio N, Au H, Coulter GO, et al., 2021, Effect of graphene flake size on functionalisation: quantifying reaction extent and imaging locus with single Pt atom tags, Chemical Science, Vol:12, ISSN:2041-6520, Pages:14907-14919

Tapia-Ruiz N, Armstrong AR, Alptekin H, et al., 2021, 2021 roadmap for sodium-ion batteries, Journal of Physics-energy, Vol:3, ISSN:2515-7655

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