Students graduated from our 1st cohort have moved onto employment in the UK Government, the EPSRC, at the NPL, in academia and as consultants.


CDT-AMC Cohort 2014

Josh Bailey
Research Project: Characterisation of microstructure evolution in fuel cells.
Supervisors: Paul Shearing (UCL), Luc Vandeperre & Alan Atkinson (Imperial)

Josh received a First-Class Honours degree (MChem) in Chemistry from the University of Oxford in 2011. During his degree, Josh spent a short time working at the Université de Paris Sud as a voluntary researcher looking at radical reactions initiated by exposure to radiation. After teaching English and Science in Valencia and Belfast, Josh returned to London in 2014 to begin his PhD where he is researching the degradation in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells. His project title is: “Microstructural evolution in solid oxide fuel cell anodes” and involves the fabrication, characterisation and analysis of fuel cell components using a range of microscopic and tomographic techniques.
Nadir Basma
Research Project: Ordering in ‘giant’ nanocarbon polyelectrolytes and nanocomposites.
Supervisors: Chris Howard & Neil Skipper (UCL), Milo Shaffer (Imperial)

Nadir graduated from UCL in 2014 with a MSci in Natural Sciences in which he was awarded a Distinction. He explored superconductivity in MoS2 intercalated compounds. In his PhD research, Nadir uses neutron scattering techniques coupled with computational simulations to investigate the molecular arrangement of carbon nanotube solutions, and composites cast from these solutions. The project will hopefully guide the development of advanced nanocomposites and the search for exotic liquid crystal phases predicted to form in these systems at high concentrations.
Tim Ellis
Research Project: Bioactive materials for antibacterial therapeutics in the lung
Supervisors: Rachel McKendry (UCL), Alex Porter (Imperial)

Tim graduated with a first class honours degree in Biochemistry with Immunology from Newcastle University. His research investigates the development of novel biomaterials in the treatment of pulmonary infections. In particular, he assesses the potential of polymer particles in the transportation of metal species in the lung, to treat patients presenting with Tuberculosis. Tim aims to optimise and functionalise this technology to maximise patient outcome and quality of life.
Martin Hart
Research Project: Single-walled carbon nanotubes as containers for reactive materials
Supervisors: Christoph Salzmann (UCL), Milo Shaffer (Imperial)

After graduating from UCL with an MSci in Chemistry, Martin began a PhD in the CDT in the Advanced Characterisation of Materials. Having spent the previous year researching filling single-walled carbon nanotubes for his Master’s project, under Dr Christoph Salzmann’s supervision, Martin has continued this research, and his study of the formation of novel structures inside carbon nanotubes is aimed to help improve and alter properties that carbon nanotubes possess such as their dispersibility and functionality which will vastly improve the potential that they already possess.
Mohamed Koronfel
Research Project: Understanding the in-vivo reactivity of orthopaedic implants
Supervisors: Alister Hart (UCL), Mary Ryan (Imperial)

Mohamed graduated from the University of Ulster with a BSc in Biomedical Engineering. Whilst at Ulster, Mohamed spent a six-month internship at Abbott Vascular where he worked on the manufacturing of cardiovascular stents. After attaining his Bachelor’s degree Mohamed joined Imperial College London and completed an MSc in Bioengineering. He is now studying for his PhD, under the supervision of Prof Mary Ryan, researching failure mechanisms of metal implants in the body.
Sofia Marchesini Sofia Marchesini
Research Project: 2D non carbonaceous materials for chemical separations
Supervisors: Matthew Blunt (UCL), Camille Petit (Imperial)

Sofia gained her Master’s degree in Engineering of Materials from the University of Padua, in Italy. During her Master’s degree Sofia did a placement at the Université Paris Diderot, where she studied flexible hybrid magnetoelectric films. Sofia is now a PhD student studying in the Centre of Doctoral Training in Advanced Characterisation of Materials, under the supervision of Dr. Camille Petit and Dr. Matthew Blunt. Her PhD project is about the synthesis of 2D non-carbonaceous materials for chemical separations. The industrial sponsor of the project is BP-ICAM.
Shiny Mathew
Research Project: Defect diffusion in photocatalytic titanium dioxide
Supervisors: Robert Palgrave (UCL), David McPhail & David Payne (Imperial)

Shiny graduated with an MSci in Chemistry from UCL in 2014. Her Masters research project was in computational chemistry investigating the mechanistic role of nanoparticle co-catalysts in semiconductor photocatalysis. and was supervised by Professor Richard Catlow. Shiny is continuing her research in the field of photocatalysis for her PhD in Materials Chemistry in the CDT-ACM. She is studying the structure-function relationship in titania, particularly looking at the control of the spatial distribution of dopants in titania, to help design novel catalysts with optimised photocatalytic activity, for the application of water splitting for hydrogen production. Shiny uses techniques such as X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, UV-vis spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction to characterise her titania based materials to understand their electronic, optical and structural properties.
Lizzie Norris
Research Project: Multi-scale imaging of advanced materials for regenerative medicine
Supervisors: Sandro Olivo (UCL), Julian Jones (Imperial)

Lizzie completed her MEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Exeter in 2012. She then went on to work in industry before commencing her PhD in Advanced Characterisation of Materials in 2014. Her current research focuses on the design and production of new biomaterials for regenerative medicine. Lizzie plans to use a wide range of characterisation techniques in her research, such as X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, differential thermal and thermogravimetric analysis.
Jon Rackham
Research Project: Polar / non-polar oxide heterostructures
Supervisors: David Scanlon (UCL), Shelly Moram (Imperial)

Jon graduated from Cambridge with a BA and MSci in Experimental and Theoretical Physics. His Masters project on magnetic phase plates was conducted in the Thin Film Magnetism group of the Cavendish laboratory where he continued to work on thin film growth. After an internship with Oxford Instruments NanoAnalysis he started his PhD under Dr Michelle Moram of Imperial College and Dr David Scanlon of UCL in the CDT in the Advanced Characterisation of Materials. He is studying the growth and characterisation of polar/non-polar oxide heterostructures for use in wide band gap devices. His work with Dr Scanlon will be modelling the systems in parallel to the experimental work.