|David Alexander Ramsay
Research Project: Shining a light on marine archaeological iron: understanding the kinetics and mechanisms of degradation to inform future conservation strategies
Supervisor: Mary Ryan (Imperial)
Alex completed his undergraduate studies in 2014, obtaining a BSc (hons) in Chemistry from the University of Glasgow. His undergraduate research project involved developing chiral plasmonic gold nanoparticles for use in biosensing. He went on to study at the University of York, completing an MSc in Green Chemistry & Sustainable Industrial Technology in 2015. During his time at the University of York, his research project explored the potential use of plant synthesised palladium nanoparticles for use in C-C coupling reactions. Alex left the academic world in 2016, starting a role at LGC Ltd., initially as an inorganic analysis scientist and then a researcher as part of the UK National Measurement Laboratory (NML). At the NML he worked on a variety of metrology-based research projects predominantly focused on high accuracy elemental analysis and nanomaterial characterisation.Alex’s PhD project is a collaboration between ICL, Diamond Light Source and The Mary Rose Trust. Fulfilling a lifelong goal to unite his scientific background with that of cultural heritage and conservation, X-ray based synchrotron techniques will be used to characterise 16th century cast iron cannonballs, giving a better understanding of the corrosion mechanisms involved and determining the efficacy of conservation techniques.
Research Project: Single iron atoms coordinated to nitrogen within carbon electrocatalysts for fuel cells and electrolysers
Supervisor: Magda Titirici (Imperial)
Angus has joined the ACM CDT from the University of Bath, where he studied MEng Chemical Engineering with Industrial Placement. During his 3rd year, Angus conducted his research project abroad at the University of Auckland, where he investigated the Microencapsulation of Phase Change Materials using a variety of characterisation techniques, sparking his interest in joining the ACM CDT. Before graduating, Angus completed his industrial placement year at Thames Water in the Clean Water Innovation department testing novel filter media and dissolved air flotation processes to improve the resilience and sustainability of Thames Water assets.Angus’ current research interests lie in Nano-materials and sustainability.
Research Project: Synthesis and Characterisation of Green Magnetic Nanomaterials by Hydrothermal Injection for Medical Applications
Supervisor: Peter Dunne (TCD)
Annie graduated with a BA in Chemistry from Trinity College Dublin in 2019. Over the course of this degree she worked as an undergraduate research assistant in Prof. Peter Dunne’s group in TCD, working on a green synthetic protocol for hollow, spherical copper sulphide microparticles. She then went on to complete her final year project and undergraduate thesis with Prof. Daniel Gamelin at the University of Washington in Seattle, after successfully obtaining a place in the UW VISIT program in 2018. Here she worked on the chemical synthesis and characterisation of 2D ferromagnetic chromium triiodide nanocrystals and similar doped species. She is now starting her PhD in Chemistry at Trinity College Dublin, in the first year of their collaboration with the UCL and ICL CDT program.
Research Project: Engineering Solutions to Reduce the Environmental Impact of the Energy Sector – Salt Effects on Fluid Properties under Confinement
Superviors: Alberto Striolo (UCL), Matteo Salvalaglio (UCL)
Azeezat graduated from the University of Manchester with a BEng in Chemical Engineering. She then went to complete an MPhil in Advanced Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge. Her PhD research is in the Molecular and Engineering Thermodynamics group in the Chemical Engineering department at UCL. Her project looks at the thermodynamic and structural properties of confined fluids. This is in relevance to carbon dioxide sequestration in geological repositories and enhanced oil recovery. The aim is to determine how water, carbon dioxide, salts, and oil interact on different mineral substrates (calcite, kaolinite, quartz etc) at various conditions (temperature, pressure, salinity).
Research Project: Advanced petrophysics for the characterisation of trapping mechanisms for CO2 storage
Supervisor: Ann Muggeridge (Imperial)
Catrin studied MSci Chemical Physics at the University of Bristol (2014-2018); her master project was within the Interface Analysis group. Catrin deposited thin films of uranium and measured how its fundamental properties varied with crystal structure. The characterisation techniques she used were XRD and XRR. Her interests stem from understanding material structure and how it can be characterised over different scales. Catrin PhD project will be using micro-CT and a medical CT to study geological storage mechanisms for CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage). She will use materials characterisation to study natural rock core samples, with the motivation to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions.
|Claudia Tatiana Santos Maldonado
Research Project: Hydrogen Embrittlement in 3D printed Inconel 718 superalloy
Supervisors: Minh-Son Pham (Imperial), Roberto Morana (BP-ICAM)
Claudia graduated from the University of Barcelona with a BSc in Geology. In her last year she discovered the minerals and materials world and fall in love with the subject. After a gap year and pursuing a MSc at the University of Surrey she decided to enhance her knowledge in advanced materials characterisation. Claudia is now undertaking her PhD at the Department of Materials at Imperial College and in association with British Petroleum (BP). They aim to improve the properties of superalloy Inconel 718 (widely used in Oil & Gas industry and with applications also in aerospace and medical sector) via the deep understanding of 3D manufacturing process, microstructure and properties.
Research Project: New methods for targeted deposition and electronic characterisation of 2D materials
Supervisor: Chris Howard (UCL)
Eva graduated with a degree in MSci Physics from University College London (UCL). Her masters project focused on the deposition of high quality epitaxial thin films of a ferroelectric material, HZO. The crystal structures were studied primarily using the X-ray diffraction technique. Prior to that, she undertook a summer research project at Seoul National University working on 2DEG in transparent oxide semiconductor. Eva is currently undertaking a PhD with the CDT-ACM in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCL.
Research Project: Saving the Mary Rose: Determining the structural and material properties of a Tudor shipwreck
Supervisors: Finn Guiliani (Imperial), Eleanor Schofield (Mary Rose)
Hugh attended The University of Exeter where he gained a BEng in Materials Engineering, before completing an MSc in Advanced Materials Science at UCL. Hugh’s undergraduate and masters research projects have both focused on energy storage technologies. However, his PhD will involve the determination of structural and material properties of the Mary Rose shipwreck.
Research Project: Quantum properties of atomically engineered structures in silicon for future device applications
Supervisor: Neil Curson (UCL)
Jamie graduated with an MSci in Natural Sciences (specialising in Physics) from the University of Cambridge. His Masters project investigated the way that water flows through nanoscale openings (nanopores), which are used in DNA sequencing. For his PhD, Jamie is working at the London Centre for Nanotechnology, on a project involving placing individual dopant atoms on silicon in precise locations using Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy (STM). This technique may have applications in making new electronic devices such as quantum computers. The project is in collaboration with the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland, and Jamie will use the synchrotron there to measure the electron energy levels in devices produced with STM.
|Javier Gutiérrez González
Research Project: The development and assessment of tunable electroconductive materials for the repair of spinal cord injury
Supervisor: Fergal O’Brien (TCD)
Javier completed his studies of industrial Engineering in Spain at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and accomplished the 2nd year of a MSc double degree program in the UK at Cranfield University in Applied Nanotechnology. Following, he stayed in Cranfield working as a research assistant for 11 months involved in projects about electrospinning and intumescent polyurethane foams in conjunction with 2D nanomaterials.
Research Project: Block Copolymer-Derived Mesoporous Membranes for Bioprocessing
Supervisor: Daniel Bracewell
Ke graduated with a BEng in Biochemical Engineering from UCL in 2017, followed by an MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering with Biotechnology at Imperial College London in 2018. After his master’s study, he pursued his career as a technical service engineer (upstream process) in Henlius Biotech, a biopharmaceutical company based in Shanghai, China. His research interest lies in the areas of process development and analysis on novel biologics such as monoclonal antibodies, cell and gene therapy. His PhD project is to develop novel nanofiltration membranes for purifying biologics such as viral vectors and proteins. Ke works at the UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering.
Research Project: Miniatuarised Fuel Cells made from Biomass
Supervisor: Magda Titirici (Imperial)
Mengnan graduated from National University of Singapore (NUS) with B.Eng in Chemical Engineering and M.Sc in Chemistry. After that, she worked as a Research Engineer in Singapore before moving to the UK to work as a Research Associate in Lincoln. Her working experience was focused on knowledge transfer and collaboration between universities and industries.
|Mitra Ashrafi Golshan
Research Project: Development of characterisation methods for aerospace failure investigation
Supervisor: Ben Britton (Imperial)
Mitra holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering with a first-class honour and her master’s degree in Civil Engineering with Environmental System with merit. Following her master year, she worked at OAG to ensure any and all structural designs comply with all relevant legislation, standards and codes of practice. As well, prepared structural calculations for the company’s project. Her PhD project aim is Development of Characterisation Methods for Aerospace Failure Investigation. Investigating their failure is critical to ensure that we have confidence in our components. Her hobby is playing tennis and in her free time she likes to paint.
Research Project: Characterisation and testing of nitride electrodes to enable efficient N2 electroreduction
Supervisor: Ifan stephens (Imperial)
Olivia graduated from the University of Bristol in July 2018 with a Physics MSci degree. Her research background is in condensed matter physics, and she carried out an internship with the Correlated Electron Systems group in Bristol studying Uranium and Iron thin film bilayer systems. For her final year research project, she worked with the same group to investigate the magnetic and transport properties of Uranium and Iron alloy thin films with a view to characterising novel magnetic U-Fe interface affects. Olivia does not yet have an assigned PhD project, but is broadly interested in sustainability and solid-state physics.
Research Project: Understanding the cycling and degradation of alloy anodes for Li and Na-ion batteries with in-situ and in-operando microscopy and spectroscopy
Supervisor: Tom Miller (UCL)
Samia graduated from the University of Manchester with a BSc Honors degree in Chemistry. She then moved to Imperial College London and completed an MRes in Catalysis: Chemistry and Engineering. During this time, she was part of the Petit group, Multifunctional Nanomaterials. Her final year project was in collaboration with the start-up company Zero Emissions Livestock Project, where she worked to reduce methane emissions generated from our livestock, by utilizing the adsorption mechanism of the well-known porous materials metal-organic frameworks. Samia has now begun a PhD in the Electrical Innovation Lab under the supervision of Thomas Miller, Chris Howard and Magda Tritirici. She is now working on understanding the cycling and degradation mechanisms in anode materials for Na ion batteries using in-situ and in-operando microscopy and spectroscopy.
Research Project: Defects by Design: Next-Generation Solid State Batteries
Supervisor: Dave Scanlon (UCL)
Seán grew up near Dublin, where he studied Nanoscience, Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials in Trinity College Dublin (TCD). During his studies, Seán represented TCD and achieved 2nd place in the Eurachem Analytical Measurement Competition at the Dublin Institute of Technology. He also undertook an intensive course in optical and nuclear experimental physics techniques in Kazan Federal University, Russia. After experimental research projects in Nokia – Bell Labs (“Fabrication of Efficient Heat Transfer Devices via Colloidal Template Electrodeposition”) and the Nicolosi Advanced Materials group (“Synthesis and Characterisation of Ultra-Thin Tin(II) Oxide Platelets for Energy Storage Applications”), Seán decided to pursue a PhD with the CDT-ACM. Seán is particularly interested in the employment of computational methods to characterise and design next-generation energy materials. He is based at the UCL’s Chemistry department.
Research Project: New Technologies for Ultra-low Dose-rate Digital Imaging in the STEM
Supervisor: Lewys Jones (TCD)
Tiarnan graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BA in Physics in 2019. His final year research project was based on creating a digital, electron-counting imaging technique for ADF detectors used in scanning transmission electron microscopes. The aim of this was to produce cleaner, lower-noise, images with applications in low-dose imaging. He will be continuing this work with Lewys Jones in the Ultramicroscopy group for his PhD project through the CDT. He hopes to use and further develop his new technique to characterise samples previously too sensitive to image with current analogue techniques.
Research Project: Advanced Electron Microscopy characterisation of materials and devices for energy storage
Supervisor: Valeria Nicolosi (TCD)
Tigran graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a B.A.(Moderatorship) in Nanoscience, Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials (NPCAM). He performed his final year project on rhodium nanoparticle synthesis in Prof. Dr Nicola Pinna’s group at Humboldt University of Berlin.
Research Project: Molecular Cage Membranes for PX Separation
Supervisor: Qilei Song (Imperial)
Toby graduated from UCL with a BSc in Chemistry before joining Imperial for his MRes in Nanomaterials where he researched earth-abundant quantum dots for next generation photovoltaics. He is now working in the Chemical Engineering department and his research is focussed on the development of polymer and molecular materials for separation and purification applications as alternatives to industrial processes.
|Victoria Garcia Giner
Research Project: Imaging of bone formation and fracture in tissue engineered models of bone pathologies
Supervisor: Alex Porter (Imperial)
Victoria graduated with a BSc in Chemistry from Universitat de València (Spain). During her studies, she did a placement in the Bionanotools Lab (CIQUS, Spain) where she was introduced into the nanomaterials synthesis for biomedical applications. After her Erasmus stay at the Chemistry Dept. at ICL, during her BSc final year, she studied an MSc in Biomedical Engineering (Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering stream) at Imperial College London, working on the functionalization of gold nanoparticles for cancer treatment under the supervision of Prof. Alex Porter.
Research Project: Automated and Advanced Characterisation of Single Nanoparticles
Supervisor: Molly Stevens (Imperial)
Cat graduated from Imperial College with a BSc in Chemistry before completing MSc Nanoscience at University of Groningen. During this time she completed a project using Atomic Force Microscopy to characterise the mechanical properties of model nanovesicles. She also investigated how the physiochemical properties of nanomaterials influence their interactions with cells. Her research interest is in characterising biomaterials for use in medical devices.
Research Project: The Surface Properties of Particulate Materials and their Caking Behaviour
Supervisor: Daryl Williams (Imperial)
Alessandra joined the CDT with a MSc in Advanced Materials from Rijksuniversiteit Groningen and a BSc in Chemistry from Universität Würzburg. In her Master project, she developed and characterized piezoelectric composites at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology. Throughout her studies, she has conducted research between academia and industry in China, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Her PhD work with BASF focuses specifically on the analysis and characterization of powder caking.
Research Project: Suspended animation and stress response in living matter
Supervisors: Guillaume Charras (UCL)
Jessica graduated from UCL with a BSc in Natural Sciences (specialising in Molecular & Cell Biology and Mathematics & Statistics). Over the course of her undergraduate degree, she has undertaken short projects in various labs. These include the Baum lab at LMCB, where she performed image analysis using machine learning methods to study the nuclear division in S. pombe, and the Banerjee lab at UCL, where she modelled the size control mechanism in C. crescentus . Her research experience has led to her interest in Biophysics and Computational Biology. In her PhD project, she wishes to explore the states of suspended animation in living cells, through understanding the changes in the physical properties of cell structures in response to loss of oxygen, ATP, water and heat.