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Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability

Department of Physics


Bachelor and Masters in Chemistry, Jesus College, Cambridge (2005).
DPhil in Inorganic Chemistry, “Synthesis and Characterisation of Mixed-Metal Oxides”, Supervised by Professor Peter Battle, University of Oxford (2009).
Institute of Quantum Matter (IQM) Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Princeton University (2009-11).


    Currently the use of Li-ion batteries is restricted to small portable electronic devices, such as mobile phones and laptop computers. To make Li-battery technology suitable for electric vehicles, new electrode materials with improved performance are required. I aim to explore a number of new oxide materials and by chemical manipulation optimise their performance. A targeted search for new materials with the requisite properties will also be conducted. Materials will be synthesized using a variety of techniques, including ceramic, hydrothermal and sol-gel methods. Further chemical manipulation will be attempted using ion-exchange and other soft-chemical approaches. Laboratory X-ray diffraction and neutron diffraction will be used to explore the structure of the materials and the electrochemistry investigated using electrochemical cells.

    I am based in the department of Physics with strong links with department of Chemistry and am looking for doctoral and Part III students for next academic year.

      Quantum Matter Group
      Dr Siân E Dutton