Maria is a research associate in the group of Prof. Magda Titirici (Department of Chemical Engineering) exploring sustainable materials for energy storage and interfacial engineering strategies to enhance performance and prolong life time. Maria's current projects focus on the autogenic carbonisation of plastic waste to produce upcycled carbon-based battery anodes, the use of tin-carbon hybrids to target higher energy densities, the structural optimisation of 3D carbon-based current collectors for metal anodes and studies the impact of microstructural and chemical electrode/electrolyte interfacial modifications in the quality of the solid electrolyte interphase (SEI).
Maria obtained her PhD in 2015, working on multifunctional nanocarbon composites (University Carlos III, Madrid). After a short period outside academia as a technology consultant, Maria was awarded with a Marie Curie individual research fellowship (2016-2018) to work on surface chemistry of stimuli-responsive graphene-based elastomeric composites at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). This position enabled her to identify energy storage as the applied field where she could exploit her expertise in composite chemistry and carbon science. In 2018 Maria started a short postdoctoral position on the development of electrospun lignin-derived carbon electrodes for all-vanadium redox flow batteries (Sobrido group, QMUL).
et al., 2021, The impact of having an oxygen-rich microporous surface in carbon electrodes for high-power aqueous supercapacitors, Journal of Energy Chemistry, Vol:53, ISSN:2095-4956, Pages:36-48
et al., 2020, A revised mechanistic model for sodium insertion in hard carbons, Energy & Environmental Science, Vol:13, ISSN:1754-5692, Pages:3469-3479
Herou S, Crespo M, Titirici M, 2020, Investigating the effects of activating agent morphology on the porosity and related capacitance of nanoporous carbons, Crystengcomm, Vol:22, Pages:1560-1567
et al., 2020, Lignin-derived electrospun freestanding carbons as alternative electrodes for redox flow batteries, Carbon, Vol:157, ISSN:0008-6223, Pages:847-856
et al., 2019, A Photoaddressable Liquid Crystalline Phase Transition in Graphene Oxide Nanocomposites, Advanced Functional Materials, Vol:29, ISSN:1616-301X
et al., 2019, Ordered mesoporous carbons from lignin: a new class of biobased electrodes for supercapacitors, Green Chemistry, Vol:21, ISSN:1463-9262, Pages:550-559
et al., 2018, Breaking the Nanoparticle Loading-Dispersion Dichotomy in Polymer Nanocomposites with the Art of Croissant-Making, ACS Nano, Vol:12, ISSN:1936-0851, Pages:9040-9050
et al., 2016, In Situ Exfoliation of Graphene in Epoxy Resins: A Facile Strategy to Efficient and Large Scale Graphene Nanocomposites, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Vol:8, ISSN:1944-8244, Pages:24112-24122