Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Chair in Sustainable Energy Materials



+44 (0)20 7594 5601m.titirici




ACE ExtensionSouth Kensington Campus





Magda Titirici received her PhD in Materials Chemistry from University of Dortmund in Germany. She then joined the Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces as a Postdoctoral Fellow and later become a Group Leader, starting her independent research on sustainable carbon materials in 2006. Magda received her Habilitation in 2013 from University of Potsdam/Max-Planck Institute. She then moved to UK, to Queen Mary University of London as a Reader in Materials Science and in 2014 she was promoted to Full Professor. Magda moved to Imperial College London in January 2019 to take up a Chair in Sustainable Energy Materials.

Magda is the author of over 250 articles and is included in the Global Highly Cited Researchers (Clarivate Analytics) over the past four years.  She is the author of 13 book chapters and one book. She also hold 7 patents. Magda has received the Rosenhein Medal from IoM3, an Honorary PhD from University of Stockholm in 2017, the Chinese Academy of Science President Fellowship, the Royal Society of Chemistry Corday-Morgen prize in 2018 and a Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies fellowship in 2019.

Her current research interests involve sustainable materials with focus on carbon and carbon hybrids produced via hydrothermal processes, waste recycling into advance products, avoidance of critical elements in renewable energy technologies and the development of truly sustainable clean energy storage and conversion paths including alternative chemistries beyond Li, flexible and structural supercapacitors made from lignin/cellulose, carbon-based O2 electrocatalysis, CO2 capture and conversion and exploring the optoelectronic properties of nanocarbons. Her research is supported by UKRI, EU, Royal Society, Royal Society of Engineering and industry.

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Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Qiao M, Titirici M-M, 2018, Engineering the Interface of Carbon Electrocatalysts at the Triple Point for Enhanced Oxygen Reduction Reaction, Chemistry - A European Journal, Vol:24, ISSN:0947-6539, Pages:18374-18384

Zhang DW, Papaioannou N, David NM, et al., 2018, Photoelectrochemical response of carbon dots (CDs) derived from chitosan and their use in electrochemical imaging, Materials Horizons, Vol:5, ISSN:2051-6347, Pages:423-428

Chai G-L, Qiu K, Qiao M, et al., 2017, Active sites engineering leads to exceptional ORR and OER bifunctionality in P,N Co-doped graphene frameworks, Energy & Environmental Science, Vol:10, ISSN:1754-5692, Pages:1186-1195

Gao H, Sapelkin AV, Titirici MM, et al., 2016, In Situ Synthesis of Fluorescent Carbon Dots/Polyelectrolyte Nanocomposite Microcapsules with Reduced Permeability and Ultrasound Sensitivity, ACS Nano, Vol:10, ISSN:1936-0851, Pages:9608-9615

Rybarczyk MK, Peng H-J, Tang C, et al., 2016, Porous carbon derived from rice husks as sustainable bioresources: insights into the role of micro-/mesoporous hierarchy in hosting active species for lithium-sulphur batteries, Green Chemistry, Vol:18, ISSN:1463-9262, Pages:5169-5179

Li Y, Hu Y-S, Titirici M-M, et al., 2016, Hard Carbon Microtubes Made from Renewable Cotton as High-Performance Anode Material for Sodium-Ion Batteries, Advanced Energy Materials, Vol:6, ISSN:1614-6832

Tang C, Wang H-F, Chen X, et al., 2016, Topological Defects in Metal-Free Nanocarbon for Oxygen Electrocatalysis, Advanced Materials, Vol:28, ISSN:0935-9648, Pages:6845-+

Ferrero GA, Preuss K, Marinovic A, et al., 2016, Fe-N-doped carbon capsules with outstanding electrochemical performance and stability for the oxygen reduction reaction in both acid and alkaline conditions, ACS Nano, Vol:10, ISSN:1936-0851, Pages:5922-5932

Briscoe J, Marinovic A, Sevilla M, et al., 2015, Biomass-derived carbon quantum dot sensitizers for solid-state nanostructured solar cells, Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, Vol:54, ISSN:1433-7851, Pages:4463-4468

Tang K, Fu L, White RJ, et al., 2012, Hollow Carbon Nanospheres with Superior Rate Capability for Sodium-Based Batteries, Advanced Energy Materials, Vol:2, ISSN:1614-6832, Pages:873-877

Titirici M-M, White RJ, Falco C, et al., 2012, Black perspectives for a green future: hydrothermal carbons for environment protection and energy storage, Energy & Environmental Science, Vol:5, ISSN:1754-5692, Pages:6796-6822

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