Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesThe Grantham Institute for Climate Change

Lecturer (Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow)







G22Molecular Sciences Research HubWhite City Campus





Reshma is a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow in the Department of Materials. Her research interests include understanding (electro)chemical reactivity at solid-gas and solid-liquid interfaces using operando spectroscopic techniques. Using such mechanistic insight, she aims to discover active, stable and low-cost catalysts for energy conversion technologies.

Reshma holds a MEng degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southampton (2014). In June 2019, she completed her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she worked with Professor Yang Shao-Horn on understanding the fundamental processes that occur at oxide-water interfaces under electrochemical conditions that are relevant for water splitting (The race to develop renewable energy technologies). In January 2020, she moved to Imperial College London, to conduct her postdoctoral research with Professor James Durrant in the Department of Chemistry and Dr. Ifan Stephens in the Department of Materials. 



Luo H, Yukuhiro VY, Fernandez PS, et al., 2022, Role of Ni in PtNi Bimetallic Electrocatalysts for Hydrogen and Value-Added Chemicals Coproduction via Glycerol Electrooxidation, Acs Catalysis, Vol:12, ISSN:2155-5435, Pages:14492-14506

Peng J, Schwalbe-Koda D, Akkiraju K, et al., 2022, Human- and machine-centred designs of molecules and materials for sustainability and decarbonization, Nature Reviews Materials, Vol:7, ISSN:2058-8437, Pages:991-1009

Rao RR, Mesa CA, Durrant JR, 2022, Better together, Nature Catalysis, Vol:5, ISSN:2520-1158, Pages:844-845

Bozal-Ginesta C, Rao RR, Mesa CA, et al., 2022, Spectroelectrochemistry of Water Oxidation Kinetics in Molecularversus Heterogeneous Oxide Iridium Electrocatalysts, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol:144, ISSN:0002-7863, Pages:8454-8459

Scott SB, Sorensen JE, Rao RR, et al., 2022, The low overpotential regime of acidic water oxidation part II: trends in metal and oxygen stability numbers, Energy & Environmental Science, Vol:15, ISSN:1754-5692, Pages:1988-2001

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