Post-Doctoral Research Associates
Andrew received a MChem (Hons) in Chemistry from the University of Manchester Institute for Science and Technology (UMIST) in 2004. He then conducted his PhD research at the University of Manchester, jointly supervised Prof. Robert Dryfe and Dr. Alan Brisdon, receiving his PhD in 2009. There he developed a number of novel, hydrophobic ionic liquids for use in electrochemistry at the interface between two immiscible electrolyte solutions (ITIES). Between 2008 and 2016 he has been working with Prof. Andrew Abbott and Prof. Karl Ryder at the University of Leicester on a variety of projects involving sustainable and low hazard electrochemical processing of metals using deep eutectic solvents (DESs) with particular focus on electrolytic deposition of metal and composite films and galvanic coatings for the electronics industry. In January 2017 he joined Dr. David Payne in the Department of Materials at Imperial College. His research interests are metal processing in DESs, in particular the use of advanced analytical methods to understand metal deposition/dissolution behavior. He is currently developing new methods using DESs to recycle lead from lead acid batteries.
I graduated from the University of Bristol with an MSci in chemistry in June of 2016. I joined Dr Payne’s group at the beginning of 2017 to start a project investigating metal/ metal-oxide support interfaces and their effects and importance for heterogeneous catalysis, with a specific focus on iron oxide supports. I will be utilising ambient pressure and diffractional photoelectron techniques throughout the project and will be situated at both Imperial and Diamond light source in Harwell. During my final year at Bristol, I undertook a project formulating Pickering stabilised water-in-water emulsions and investigated the effect that polymers, adsorbed to the stabilising particles’ surface, have on the final emulsion.
I graduated from Imperial College with an MEng in Materials Science & Engineering in June of 2016. I then joined the Advanced Characterization of Materials Centre for Doctoral Training (ACM CDT) for a PhD working jointly with Prof. Molly Stevens, Dr David Payne at Imperial and Prof. Giuseppe Battaglia at UCL. My project focuses on the fabrication and characterization of porous Silicon nanoneedles for use in direct cellular manipulation. These needles are highly efficient in delivering drugs into cells and my goal is to understand the basic science behind the biointerface between the cell membrane and this inorganic material.
I am currently in the second year of my undergraduate degree in Materials Science at Imperial College. I have joined the group for the summer as part of a research placement looking at the effect of doping on N-type organic semiconductors using XPS. Renewable energy generation is a particular interest of mine and I hope to pursue research in this field.
I recently finished my second year of the MEng Materials Science and Engineering course at Imperial. During this year a particularly interesting course in electronic devices encouraged me to pursue a summer research position studying the application of semiconductors in integrated circuits, before my 3rd year. The work I will be contributing to, surrounding the low temperature annealing of semiconductor substrates, could one day lead to flexible displays and sensors altering how we use our electronic devices.
Former Group Members
Ignacio Villar-Garcia (2016)
Post-Doctoral Research Associates
Geoffrey Nelson (2015)
Freddy Oropeza (2016)
Robert Walker (2017)
Mohd Muzamir Mahat (2016)
Matthias Kahk (2016)
Emily Brooke (2015)
Christopher Poll (2015)
Christopher Lawrence (2015)
Maura Godfrey (2015)