Post-Doctoral Research Associates

Dr. Gwilherm Kerherve
Gwilherm obtained his PhD (2002) at the University of Liverpool under the supervision of Prof. R. Raval studying the production and adsorption of noble metal clusters on Alumina surface. He spent two years at the Max-Planck Institut fűr Mikrostrukturphysik in Halle / Germany as a Research Assistant developing efficient electron detectors for electron time-of-flight (e-TOF) measurements under coincidence conditions. Between 2004 and 2015, Gwilherm then went on working for Omicron and VG Scienta developing and managing various kinds of UHV systems: standard XPS, UPS, TPD, HREELS, Molecular Beam Scattering, ambient pressure XPS. His interests include mainly the investigation and characterisation of materials used in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells using the ambient pressure XPS.


Dr. Ola Hekselman
Ola joined the Group in December 2017. Her primary research interests are in solid-state chemistry and electrochemistry, with a focus on new materials and technologies for energy applications. Ola works on RELAB project and concentrates on developing electrochemical and chemical routes for recycling of lead from lead-acid batteries to replace industrial smelting methods. Before joining the Group, Ola worked with Dr Ainara Aguadero in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London and between 2014 and 2016 she was a Research Fellow in the Department of Materials at the University of Oxford. Ola completed her postgraduate studies at the University of St Andrews and was awarded a PhD in 2014 for research on solid-state electrolytes for Li-ion batteries supervised by Prof. Peter G. Bruce. In April 2019, Ola was awarded a Faraday Institute Entrepreneurial Fellowship.


Dr. Eleonora Cali
Eleonora carried out her PhD from 2014 to 2017 in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London under the supervision of Prof. Mary and Ryan and Prof. Luc Vandeperre. Her research focussed on developing superparamagnetic nanoparticles for selective and specific adsorption of aqueous uranium species for clean-up purposes. After obtaining her PhD she started her role as a Research Associate under the supervision of Prof. Stephen Skinner, Prof. Mary Ryan, Dr. David Payne and Dr. Ainara Aguadero. The project is focussed on investigating the exsolution of nanoparticles from perovskite for water splitting purposes with the use of advanced analytical transmission electron microscopy techniques such as HR-TEM and STEM/TEM-EDX for nanoparticles characterisation. Before moving to London Eleonora received her BSc (2011) and Masters (2013) in Chemistry from the University of Turin. During her Master’s programme she worked at the N.I.S. (Nanostructured Interfaces and Surfaces) centre of excellence in Turin focussing on the synthesis and functionalisation of nanoparticles for diagnostics application.