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.
Shiny Mathew (Lead supervisor: Dr. Rob Palgrave, UCL)
Before joining the CDT in Advanced Characterisation of Materials for a PhD, Shiny graduated with an MSci in Chemistry from UCL. Shiny’s MSci research project, supervised by Prof Richard Catlow, involved using DFT calculations to investigate the effects of reagents and products on the mechanistic role of nanoparticle co-catalysts, in semi-conductor photocatalysis. Her PhD is investigates a similar topic, exploring solid-state diffusion in photocatalytic titanium dioxide. Currently, Shiny is studying diffusion profiles of doped Rutile single crystals using secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) alongside studying the elemental composition and electronic structure of the valence band using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Her project aims to understand the fundamental behavior of dopants in TiO2. Shiny is co-supervised by Robert Palgrave (UCL) and David Payne (ICL).
Alexis Belessiotis (Lead supervisor: Professor Molly Stevens, Imperial College London)
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.