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.



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

Olsson E, Cottom J, Au H, et al., 2021, Investigating the effect of edge and basal plane surface functionalisation of carbonaceous anodes for alkali metal (Li/Na/K) ion batteries, Carbon, Vol:177, ISSN:0008-6223, Pages:226-243

Robinson J, Xi K, Kumar RV, et al., 2021, 2021 roadmap on lithium sulfur batteries, Journal of Physics: Energy, Vol:3, ISSN:2515-7655

Alptekin H, Au H, Jensen ACS, et al., 2020, Sodium Storage Mechanism Investigations through Structural Changes in Hard Carbons, Acs Applied Energy Materials, Vol:3, ISSN:2574-0962, Pages:9918-9927

Au H, Alptekin H, Jensen ACS, et al., 2020, A revised mechanistic model for sodium insertion in hard carbons, Energy and Environmental Science, Vol:13, ISSN:1754-5692, Pages:3469-3479

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