Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Vice-Dean (Research), Faculty of Engineering



+44 (0)20 7594 6755m.p.ryan




B338Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





Mary joined Imperial College in 1998 having spent three years at Brookhaven National Laboratory in the US, first as a post-doctoral researcher and then as staff scientist in the Materials Division. Her doctoral work at the University of Manchester was on the use of in-situ ECSTM to study the formation of ultra-thin surface oxides on base metals, showing for the first time that these surfaces are crystalline phases.  At Brookhaven she developed the use of in-situ techniques in electrochemical systems, this time with synchrotron radiation-based techniques.  

Her current research is in the area of applied electrochemistry and corrosion, with a focus on deposition of nanostructures and the study of self-forming nanocrystalline oxides; as well as fundamental work on degradation and stability of metal systems.  

She is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials Mining and Minerals (member of the Corrosion Committee and Corrosion Network 2015-) and a member of the International Society of Electrochemistry (Materials Division Chair 2013-2015)

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Cruickshank AC, Dotzler CJ, Din S, et al., 2012, The Crystalline Structure of Copper Phthalocyanine Films on ZnO(1(1)over-bar00), Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol:134, ISSN:0002-7863, Pages:14302-14305

Lyubina J, Hannemann U, Ryan MP, et al., 2012, Electrolytic Hydriding of LaFe13-xSix Alloys for Energy Efficient Magnetic Cooling, Advanced Materials, Vol:24, ISSN:0935-9648, Pages:2042-2046

Aili D, Gryko P, Sepulveda B, et al., 2011, Polypeptide Folding-Mediated Tuning of the Optical and Structural Properties of Gold Nanoparticle Assemblies, Nano Letters, Vol:11, ISSN:1530-6984, Pages:5564-5573

Ingham B, Toney MF, Hendy SC, et al., 2008, Particle size effect of hydrogen-induced lattice expansion of palladium nanoclusters, Physical Review B, Vol:78, ISSN:2469-9950

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