Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Senior Lecturer



+44 (0)20 7594 7091monica.marinescu Website




722Mechanical EngineeringSouth Kensington Campus





I am interested in understanding how physical and chemical processes impact the behaviour of energy storage devices in applications. This involves identifying the mechanisms that limit behaviour under real conditions, which I do by building electrochemical and physical models. I use experimentally observed behaviour to parametrise and validate these models, and use them further to explore ways in which their performance can be improved. I also synthesise this knowledge into reduced order models, which can be used for control algorithms in a given application.

I am working on lithium ion batteries, lithium sulfur batteries, supercapacitors and Li-ion capacitors.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Li R, O'Kane S, Marinescu M, et al., 2022, Modelling solvent consumption from SEI layer growth in lithium-ion batteries, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Vol:169, ISSN:0013-4651, Pages:1-14

Cornish M, Marinescu M, 2022, Toward Rigorous Validation of Li-S Battery Models, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Vol:169, ISSN:0013-4651

Li S, Kirkaldy N, Zhang C, et al., 2021, Optimal cell tab design and cooling strategy for cylindrical lithium-ion batteries, Journal of Power Sources, Vol:492, ISSN:0378-7753, Pages:1-16

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

Ghosh A, Foster JM, Offer G, et al., 2021, A Shrinking-Core Model for the Degradation of High-Nickel Cathodes (NMC811) in Li-Ion Batteries: Passivation Layer Growth and Oxygen Evolution, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Vol:168, ISSN:0013-4651

Tomaszewska A, Chu Z, Feng X, et al., 2019, Lithium-ion battery fast charging: A review, Etransportation, Vol:1, ISSN:2590-1168, Pages:1-28

Campbell I, Gopalakrishnan K, Marinescu M, et al., 2019, Optimising lithium-ion cell design for plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles, Journal of Energy Storage, Vol:22, ISSN:2352-152X, Pages:228-238

Marinescu M, O'Neill L, Zhang T, et al., 2018, Irreversible vs reversible capacity fade of lithium-sulfur batteries during cycling: the effects of precipitation and shuttle, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Vol:165, ISSN:1945-7111, Pages:A6107-A6118

Hunt I, Zhang T, Patel Y, et al., 2017, The effect of current inhomogeneity on the performance and degradation of Li-S batteries, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Vol:165, ISSN:0013-4651, Pages:A6073-A6080

Cleaver T, Kovacik P, Marinescu M, et al., 2017, Perspective—commercializing lithium sulfur batteries: Are we doing the right research?, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Vol:165, ISSN:0013-4651, Pages:A6029-A6033

Marinescu M, Zhang T, Offer G, 2016, A zero dimensional model of lithium-sulfur batteries during charge and discharge, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Vol:18, ISSN:1463-9076, Pages:584-593

Sarwar W, Marinescu M, Green N, et al., 2015, Electrochemical double layer capacitor electro-thermal modelling, Journal of Energy Storage, Vol:5, ISSN:2352-152X, Pages:10-24

Wild M, O'Neill L, Zhang T, et al., 2015, Lithium sulfur batteries, a mechanistic review, Energy & Environmental Science, Vol:8, ISSN:1754-5692, Pages:3477-3494

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