Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Honorary Lecturer





LM04Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





Dr Na Ni is an Honorary Lecturer in the Department of Materials and an Associate Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.
She has extensive expertise in high-resolution analysis using advanced electron and ion microscopy and her research is centred on the study of the role of nanoscale structure and chemistry in controlling material properties for improving materials design and processing. Her current research activity is mainly focused on materials for energy applications including nuclear materials, electrochemical ceramics for solid oxide fuel cells and structured nano-carbon composites materials for batteries.

Fellowships and Awards


2016: Poster Prize at 229th Electrochemical Society (ECS) Meeting

2015: STFC Early Career Plus Award

2015: STFC Travel Grant

2014: Imperial College Research Fellowship

2011: EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship



01/2008 –  05/2011: PhD at Department of Materials, University of Oxford

10/2005 – 10/2007: Master at Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Christian-Albrechts-Universitt zu Kiel (Germany)

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Ni N, Cooper SJ, Williams R, et al., 2016, Degradation of (La0.6Sr0.4)0.95(Co0.2Fe0.8)O3-δ Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Cathodes at the Nanometre Scale and Below, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Vol:8, ISSN:1944-8244, Pages:17360-17370

Skinner SJ, Ni N, 2016, Combined Cr and Mo Poisoning of (La,Sr)(Co,Fe)O3-δ Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Cathodes at the Nanoscale, Solid State Ionics, Vol:288, ISSN:1872-7689, Pages:28-31

Ni N, Barg S, Garcia-Tunon E, et al., 2015, Understanding Mechanical Response of Elastomeric Graphene Networks, Scientific Reports, Vol:5, ISSN:2045-2322

D'Elia E, Barg S, Ni N, et al., 2015, Self-healing graphene-based composites with sensing capabilities, Advanced Materials, Vol:32, ISSN:1521-4095, Pages:4788-4794

Al Nasiri N, Ni N, Saiz E, et al., 2015, Effect of microstructure and grain boundary chemistry on slow crack growth in silicon carbide at ambient conditions, Journal of the European Ceramic Society, Vol:35, ISSN:0955-2219, Pages:2253-2260

Barg S, Perez FM, Ni N, et al., 2014, Mesoscale assembly of chemically modified graphene into complex cellular networks, Nature Communications, Vol:5, ISSN:2041-1723, Pages:1-10

Nicholls RJ, Ni N, Lozano-Perez S, et al., 2014, Crystal Structure of the ZrO Phase at Zirconium/Zirconium Oxide Interfaces, Advanced Engineering Materials, Vol:17, ISSN:1527-2648, Pages:211-215

Ni N, Kaufmann Y, Kaplan WD, et al., 2014, Interfacial energies and mass transport in the Ni(Al)–Al2O3 system: The implication of very low oxygen activities, Acta Materialia, Vol:64, ISSN:1359-6454, Pages:282-296

Ni N, Hudson D, Wei J, et al., 2012, How the crystallography and nanoscale chemistry of the metal/oxide interface develops during the aqueous oxidation of zirconium cladding alloys, Acta Materialia, Vol:60, ISSN:1359-6454, Pages:7132-7149

Ni N, Lozano-Perez S, Sykes J, et al., 2011, Quantitative EELS analysis of zirconium alloy metal/oxide interfaces, Ultramicroscopy, Vol:111, ISSN:0304-3991, Pages:123-130

Ni N, Lozano-Perez S, Sykes JM, et al., 2011, Focussed ion beam sectioning for the 3D characterisation of cracking in oxide scales formed on commercial ZIRLO™ alloys during corrosion in high temperature pressurised water, Corrosion Science

Ni N, Lozano-Perez S, Jenkins ML, et al., 2010, Porosity in oxides on zirconium fuel cladding alloys, and its importance in controlling oxidation rates, Scripta Materialia, Vol:62, ISSN:1359-6462, Pages:564-567

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