Nuria graduated in Chemistry from the University of Barcelona. After this, she pursued her PhD studies in hydrogen storage materials with Prof. Gregory at the University of Glasgow. She then moved to the University of St. Andrews to work as a Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Bruce in energy storage materials. In 2014, she moved with Prof. Bruce and his research group to Oxford (Materials Department, University of Oxford) to work as a Research Fellow where she took up the role of Team Leader of the Sodium-ion battery team. She started her independent career as a Lecturer in Chemistry at Lancaster University in 2017 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2020. In November 2022 her research group and lab moved to Imperial College London where she is Senior Lecturer.
Dr Tapia-Ruiz has been the recipient of some awards including, the SRUK Emerging Talent Award (2022), the Lancaster Researcher of the Year Award (2021), the Royal Society of Chemistry mobility Award (2019), the CAMS Fellowship Award (2019), the STFC Batteries Proof of Concept Award (2017), the STFC Batteries Experimental Design Award (2016), the Elizabeth Aitken Award (2011), and the Rotary Club Award (2003).
The Tapia-Ruiz lab consists of a multidisciplinary research group of students and postdocs with an interest in the Physics and Chemistry of Materials for Energy Storage, primarily in the area of electrochemical energy storage devices such as rechargeable batteries and supercapacitors.
Our research goal is to provide a rational design of electrochemical energy storage materials (electrodes and electrolytes) to improve battery performance in terms of energy, power and durability. We are interested in a range of battery chemistries with a particular focus on low cost and sustainability, from Li-ion batteries to post-lithium battery technologies. We employ a comprehensive range of lab and synchrotron-based techniques to probe materials at different length scales that allow us to gain insight into the structure-property relationships that govern the electrochemical activity in these materials. For more information about our research visit our website.
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et al., 2022, Misreported non-aqueous reference potentials: The battery research endemic, Joule, Vol:6, Pages:928-934
et al., 2022, Synthesis, characterisation, and feasibility studies on the use of vanadium tellurate(vi) as a cathode material for aqueous rechargeable Zn-ionbatteries, Rsc Advances, Vol:12, Pages:12211-12218
Fitzpatrick JR, Costa SIR, Tapia-Ruiz N, 2022, Sodium on Batteries: Current Understanding of the Sodium Storage Mechanism in Hard Carbons, Johnson Matthey Technology Review, Vol:66, ISSN:2056-5135, Pages:44-60
et al., 2021, Na2.4Al0.4Mn2.6O7 anionic redox cathode material for sodium-ion batteries - a combined experimental and theoretical approach to elucidate its charge storage mechanism, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Vol:10, ISSN:2050-7488, Pages:7341-7356
Michail A, Silvan B, Tapia-Ruiz N, 2021, Progress in high-voltage MgMn2O4 oxyspinel cathode materials for Mg batteries, Current Opinion in Electrochemistry, Vol:31, ISSN:2451-9103