My research is focused on understanding and improving the properties of functional materials, with an emphasis on energy applications. I use advanced electron microscopy and quantum mechanical simulations to predict and study the structure and chemistry of materials at the nanoscale. This information is then used to understand the macroscopic properties of these materials, leading to improvements in existing systems and the design of new materials. My main areas of current research include:
The combination of electron microscopic techniques (EELS, STEM) with modelling (density functional theory, development of software)
Carbon nanomaterials, including doped graphene and nanotubes
Transparent conducing oxides
Materials used in nuclear applications, such as zirconia
Catalysts for use in fuel cells
My work is done in collaboration with several research groups within Oxford Materials, Engineering and Chemistry, as well as researchers at Cambridge, UCL, SuperSTEM and Johnson Matthey.