SIRE seminar series 2019/20





10th March 2020 Prof. Keith McKenna University of York Modelling polycrystalline semiconductors for renewable energy applications
3rd March 2020 Dr John Griffin Lancaster University Linking Structure and Function in Organic Energy Materials
14th February 2020 Dr. Doug Fabini Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research

Making robust predictions from imperfect quantum chemical calculations: Materials discovery case studies from photovoltaics and topological semimetals

4th February 2020 Prof. Andrei Malkov Loughborough University

Electrochemical synthesis: from hydrocarboxylation of alkenes to coupling of heteroarenes

10th December 2019 Prof. Guangjin Hou Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics On the syngas conversion over bifunctional catalysts: insights from solid-state NMR studies


SIRE Seminar Series 2018/19





17th July 2019 Max Mann Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia The Applications of Low-Cost Polysulfide Polymers as Sorbents for Mercury-Free Subsistence and Small Scale Gold Mining and as Controlled-Release Fertilisers
16th July 2019 Professor Ellen Backus University of Vienna Ultrafast SFG Study towards Water Splitting on TiO2
3rd July 2019 Goutam Kumar Dalapati SRM University-AP, India Nanostructure incorporated photovoltaics for renewable energy application: CuO, CZTS and metallic transparent conductors
2nd April 2019 Dr Leigh Aldous King’s College, London

Using redox chemistry and entropy for waste heat harvesting via the thermogalvanic effect

26th March 2019 Dr Johan Jacquemin Queens University Belfast

In-Silico Evaluation of the Transport Properties of Electrolytes for Energy Storage Applications

12th March 2019 Dr Lee Johnson University of Nottingham The Rechargeable Aprotic Li-O2 Battery
19th February 2019 Prof. Jian-Feng Li Xiamen University, China Probing Surface Reaction and Intermediates using In Situ Raman Spectroscopy
12th February 2019 Dr Karen Johnston University of Durham Probing Ion Mobility Mechanisms in Solid Electrolytes using Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy
5th February 2019 Dr Stijn Mertens University of Lancaster From Collective to Single-Molecule Switching in 2D Materials at Solid–Liquid Interfaces
29th January 2019 Dr Ainara Aguadero Imperial College, London Local chemical degradation processes and ionic transport in garnet all-solid-state batteries
4th December 2018 Prof Peter Weightman University of Liverpool Funding for research on the FELIX free electron lasers
14:00 3rd December 2018 Nian Lin The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong Metal-organic coordination on surfaces: towards complexity and functionality
14:00 20th November 2018 Dr Paul Donaldson STFC-UKRI Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Adventures in ultrafast laser spectroscopy at the CLF. New multidimensional IR techniques and new applications in heterogeneous catalysis
13th November 2018 Jessica Stoner University of Liverpool Chemical Control of Correlated Metals as Transparent Conductors
16th October 2018 Dr Peter Priecel University of Liverpool Microwave-assisted heterogeneous catalysis in biomass conversion
9th October 2018 Dr Brant Walkley University of Sheffield Materials for a sustainable future: Composition-‘local-structure’-property relationships in materials for energy production, storage and remediation

SIRE Seminar Series 2017/18





Thursday 14th June 2018, 2:00PM
Surface Science Meeting Room
Prof. Ulrich Stimming University of Newcastle Molecular Processes in Li- and Na-Ion and Redox Flow Batteries
Tuesday 17th April 2018 Prof. David Fermin University of Bristol Electrocatalysis at Metallic and Highly Correlated Electron Phases: Worlds Apart
Tuesday 10th April 2018 Lisa Rhodes-Martin University of Liverpool Structural and electrochemical characterisation of ionic liquids using in situ X-ray and electrochemical techniques
Wednesday 28th March 2018 Dmitry Volodkin Nottingham Trent University Encapsulation of fragile biomolecules through mesoporous CaCO3 crystals
Friday 23rd February 2018, 12 noon Georgios Tritsaris Deregallera Ltd Electronic structure theory and simulation of complex surfaces and interfaces for energy
Tuesday 20th February 2018 Ken Inglis University of Liverpool Solid-State NMR Investigation of La3Li3W2O12: A Perovskite with Lithium on both A- and B-Sites
Tuesday 12th December 2017 Charlotte Smith University of Liverpool Conjugated microporous polymers for the support of CO2 reduction
Tuesday 5th December 2017 Cristina Tealdi University of Patvia, Italy Ionic conductors for clean energy applications: tailoring their properties through defects and strain
Tuesday 28th November 2017, 12 noon Julie McPherson University of Warwick Electrocatalytic applications of conducting diamond membrane electrodes
Tuesday 14th November 2017 Emma Kendrick University of Warwick Sodium ion batteries: materials to devices
Tuesday 31st October 2017
(in Chadwick Seminar Room)
Robert Palgrave University College London Photoemision spectroscopy as an analytical technique applied to energy materials
Thursday 7th September 2017, 11:00AM Jian-Feng Li Xiamen University, China Plasmon-enhanced Raman/fluorescence spectroscopy using shell-isolated mode

SIRE seminar series 2016/17





Thursday 13th July 2017, 4:00PM Kent Griffith University of Cambridge Energy Storage Mechanisms and Comprehensive Structural Characterisation of Mixed-metal Complex Oxides
Friday 30th June 2017, 3:00PM Graham Ball  University of New South Wales, Australia Characterization of alkane sigma-complexes and related exotica using NMR spectroscopy
Monday 20th March 2017, 1:00PM Nikolai Gaponik Technical University, Dresden Quantum Dots in ionic salt matrices: robust composites for optoelectronics and photonics

Tuesday 29th November 2016, 1:00PM

Paramaconi Rodriguez

University of Birmingham

Expanding the boundaries of cathodiccorrosion: The effective preparation of metal alloy nanoparticles and mixed oxides and their use as active electrocatalyst and photocatalyst

Tuesday 25th October 2016, 1:00PM

Marc Armbrüster

Technische Universität Chemnitz, Germany

Intermetallic Compounds – Key Materials for the Hydrogen-Based Infrastructure

SIRE seminar series 2015/16





Tuesday 10th May 2016, 2:00PM

Bettina Lotsch

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München 

Towards rational catalyst design? Molecularly engineered frameworks for hydrogen evolution photocatalysis

Tuesday 3rd May 2016, 1:00PM

Prof. Gleb Sukhorukov

Queen Mary, University of London

Encapsulation and remote controlled delivery of active materials 

Tuesday 22nd March 2016, 10:00AM

Dr. Angel Cuesta

University of Aberdeen 

Formic acid electrooxidation and the structure of ionic solvation shells: An analysis based on in-situ ATR-SEIRAS

Tuesday 15th March 2016, 1:00PM 

Dr Simon Beaumont

Durham University

 Catching catalysts in the act: detailed understanding of catalysts as an enabling technology for alternative liquid fuels and chemicals

Tuesday 1st March 2016, 1:00PM 

Prof. Ken Durose 


 Workshop on proposal writing

Tuesday 9th February 2016, 1:00PM 

 Prof. Maria-Magdalena Titirici

Queen Mary University of London 

Sustainable Carbon Materials and Chemicals from Biomass Hydrothermal Processes 

Tuesday 15th December 2015, 1:00PM 

Dr Alexey Sergeev 


 Catalytic transformations via selective formation and cleavage of strong C-O and C-C bonds

Tuesday 8th December 2015, 1:00PM 

Dr Roberto Ferrero 

University of Liverpool, Electrical Engineering 

Challenges in battery and fuel cell diagnostics: From lab tests to electric vehicles (and other applications)

Tuesday 1st December 2015, 1:00PM

Dr Laurence Hardwick 


Batteries not included

Tuesday 3rd November 2015, 1:00PM  

Dr Alex Chin

University of Cambridge

Spectroscopy study of the physics of charge/energy transfer in biological systems

Thursday 15th October 2015, 1:00PM 

Dr Ning Liu

University of Limerick

Manipulating the optical properties of semiconductor nanostructures for super resolution and integrated photonics applications