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.



de Tomas C, Alabidun S, Chater L, et al., 2023, Doping carbon electrodes with sulfur achieves reversible sodium ion storage, Jphys Energy, Vol:5

Mercer MP, Nagarathinam M, Gavilán-Arriazu EM, et al., 2023, Sodiation energetics in pore size controlled hard carbons determined via entropy profiling, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, ISSN:2050-7488

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

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

Titirici M, Baird SG, Sparks TD, et al., 2022, The sustainable materials roadmap, Journal of Physics: Materials, Vol:5, ISSN:2515-7639, Pages:1-98

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