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Meet the team

Post Doctoral Researchers

Dr. Junfu Bu earned his PhD degree in Materials Science at KTH (Royal Institute of Technology), Sweden. His research interests are mainly focused on Electrochemistry, e.g. Li-ion batteries and Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs). Currently, his research work is focus on spray deposition and spark plasma sintering used for all-solid-state Li-ion batteries manufacturing.

University of Oxford

Dr. Junfu Bu

Zack earned his MSc at Dalhousie University, Canada, and his PhD at the University of Rhode Island, USA. With expertise in developing electrode and electrolyte materials, Zack will investigate phenomena that occur at electrode/electrolyte interfaces in solid-state battery technology. This research is under the direct supervision of Professor Mauro Pasta at the University of Oxford.

University of Oxford

Dr. Zachary Brown

Peiyu Chen obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and completed her DPhil at the University of Oxford in Materials. During her DPhil, she worked with Professor Martin Castell on the synthesis and characterisation of 2D nanocrystals. Peiyu now continues as a postdoctoral researcher in the same research group, and her current research is dedicated towards developing a deeper scientific understanding of the wetting behaviour of solid lithium (Li) or sodium (Na) on the cathode ceramic material using scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM).

University of Oxford

Dr. Peiyu Chen

Yun obtained her PhD at the University of Sheffield, where she worked with Professor Anthony West on the synthesis, defect chemistry and electrical properties of rutile-based materials. Yun joined Professor Matthew Rosseinsky group in September 2019 at the University of Liverpool. She currently works on the synthesis and characterisation of solid electrolyte materials for Li-ion batteries.

University of Liverpool

Dr. Yun Dang

Ed is joining the SOLBAT project as a Career Development Fellow looking to apply his skills and strengths in microscale testing to the challenges of understanding the mechanical properties of the new materials involved in realising a solid state battery.

Ed has a background in novel in-situ experimentation of hazardous materials from post doctoral work related to the nuclear sector at both Bristol and Oxford. Ed's proven in-situ techniques of measuring conductivity, following corrosion with X-rays, observing in SEM kinetics of growth and mechanical testing of microscale cantilevers will all be adapted and applied to solid state battery materials.

University of Oxford

Dr. Ed Darnbrough

Hany completed his PhD in solid state chemistry in 2010 at the University of Birmingham with Professor Colin Greaves on the synthesis and characterization of functional oxide materials. He was then awarded Alexander von Humboldt research fellowship which he held at Justus Liebig University (Germany) from 2011 to 2014, working on battery materials with Professor Jürgen Janek. In December 2015, Hany joined Professor Serena Corr group at the University of Glasgow, where he currently works on the synthesis and characterization of battery materials.

University of Sheffield

Dr. Hany El-Shinawi

Rob House completed a DPhil with Professor Peter Bruce at the University of Oxford focused on understanding oxygen redox chemistry and developing new, high energy density cathodes. Continuing as a PDRA in SOLBAT, he will investigate the stability of high voltage cathodes with solid electrolytes. 

University of Oxford

Dr. Robert House

Dr Georgina Gregory completed her PhD degree at the University of Bath. Her project focused on the synthesis of polycarbonates from sugars and carbon dioxide for biomedical applications. She joined the Williams Group in 2018 working on block copolymers for thermoplastic elastomers. Within SOLBAT, she will be working on the synthesis of polymer electrolytes for a new generation of solid-state batteries.

University of Oxford

Dr. Georgina Gregory

I am Shuai Hao in University College London. I am in Prof. Paul Shearing’s and Prof. Dan Brettt’s group as a PDRA. I am interested in studying the morphology changes in solid state batteries by advanced test technologies.

University College London

Dr. Shuai Hao

Dr. Hyeon Jeong Lee completed her PhD degree in 2018 at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). Her research was the investigation of active materials for aqueous energy storage/conversion applications with synchrotron X-ray analyses. Hyeon Jeong joined Prof. Mauro Pasta’s research group at the University of Oxford in January 2019 as a post-doctoral research associate for the SOLBAT project. She is investigating halide-based solid electrolytes as well as high voltage cathode materials.

University of Oxford

Dr. Hyeon-Jeong Lee

I am a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford. I am developing continuum transport models to study the failure mechanism of solid-state Lithium-ion batteries. I am primarily interested in modelling the electrochemomechanics near metal/electrolyte interfaces to understand the dendrite nucleation process.

I received my bachelor degrees in Physics from Peking University, China, in 2011. I was awarded a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech, USA, in 2015. My doctoral research focused on the fundamental theory and modelling of far-from-equilibrium phenomena (e.g., chemical reaction, heat and mass diffusion) using a novel nonequilibrium thermodynamic framework named steepest entropy ascent quantum thermodynamics (SEAQT).

University of Oxford

Dr. Guanchen Li

Boyang Liu received his bachelor degree (Optoelectronic Engineering) from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China in 2014. He received his Ph. D. degree (Electronics Engineering) from the University of Maryland in the USA in 2018. During Ph.D. study under the supervision of Prof. Liangbing Hu, his research was on developing safe Li-metal batteries by applying garnet-type solid-state electrolyte with advanced interface treatment and dense-porous structural design. His Ph.D. work involved ionic liquid and printable gel polymer electrolyte as well.

Boyang has started working in SOLBAT with Prof. Peter Bruce in the University of Oxford since February 2019, working on solid-state lithium batteries. His current research topic includes understanding the mechanism of cathode capacity decay in the cycling of solid-state lithium-ion batteries and preventing the Li metal dendrites.

University of Oxford

Dr. Boyang Liu

I joined Prof. Matthew Rosseinsky’s research group in January 2019 as a research associate for the SOLBAT project. My focus is crystal structure prediction for the discovery of new solid electrolytes for batteries. I completed my PhD at the University of Queensland (Australia) where I employed model Hamiltonians to study electron correlations in cerium oxides for solid-oxide fuel cells under the supervision of Prof. Ross H. McKenzie. I subsequently joined the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) as a postdoctoral fellow, respectively. In my postdoctoral work I have applied density functional theory (DFT) methods (electronic structure, lattice dynamics, and ab initio molecular dynamics) to study a range of energy materials including for solid electrolyte, thermoelectric, and photovoltaic applications.

University of Liverpool

Dr. Elvis Shoko

Weixin Song completed his PhD at Imperial College London in 2019 before he joined the SOLBAT project as a postdoctor research associate. His research is to characterise the battery materials and interface structure underpinning the development of solid state batteries by the techniques of electron microscopy, such as TEM, STEM, EELS, EDX and electron ptychography. He is based in the STEM group led by Professor Peter Nellist at the department of materials, University of Oxford.

University of Oxford

Dr. Weixin Song

I completed my PhD at the University of Liverpool with Professor Matthew Rosseinsky on the Synthesis and characterization of new functional metal oxides in 2011. I then worked as a postdoc first at the University of Oslo for Professors Fjellvåg and Sjåstad on understanding geomagnetic materials and intercalation behaviour of Ruddlesden Popper phases. I then moved to Aalto University in Helsinki working for Professor Karppinen on high pressure synthesis methods and also intercalation in titanoniobates. In May 2019 I joined Dr Edmund Cussens group at the University of Sheffield, where I currently work on the synthesis and characterization of battery materials.

University of Oxford

Dr. Chris Thomas

I obtained my Ph.D. degree in Professor Enn Lust´s group at University of Tartu in Estonia. During my Ph.D. period I studied different functional layers for solid oxide fuel cell. Since August 2017 I have been a postdoctoral fellow in Professor John T. S. Irvine´s group at University of St. Andrews. My main focus lies now on fabrication of solid-state batteries within the SOLBAT project. My research interests are synthesis and characterisation of solid-state conductors, ceramic processing and solid-state electrochemistry.

University of St. Andrews

Dr. Mihkel Vestli

Xiaoyu conducted his undergraduate studies at the University of Birmingham. He then moved to Oxford and obtained his D. Phil. under the supervision of Prof. Simon Clarke. In his doctoral project, he focused on the synthesis of new layered oxypnictides and oxychalcogenides with the characterization of their magnetic properties. Xiaoyu joined the Prof. Peter Bruce's group in October 2019 as a PDRA in SOLBAT, where he will be working on the synthesis and characterization of battery materials.

University of Oxford

Dr. Xiaoyu Xu

I finished my PhD in 2017 in Department of Materials Science at Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany, where I also stayed shortly as a postdoctoral scientific staff, before I joined Engineering Department of Cambridge University for the current position as a postdoctoral research associate. Before PhD, I obtained my M.Eng. and B.Eng. degrees from Department of Aerospace Engineering and Applied Mechanics at Tongji University, China. My research interests include the modeling of electro-chemical and mechanical behavior of lithium-ion batteries, phase-field method on phase separation and fracture, isogeometric analysis and finite cell method.

University of Cambridge

Dr. Ying Zhao

Yundong Zhou got his PhD working on the development of organic ionic plastic crystal – polymer composite as solid state electrolytes from Deakin University, Australia. He was an associate research fellow at Deakin working on prototyping all-solid-state pouch cells before moving to University of Liverpool, where he is working on In-situ spectroscopic study of the cathode- solid electrolyte interfaces within all-solid state batteries.

University of Liverpool

Dr. Yundong Zhou