Meet the team

Post Doctoral Researchers

University of Oxford

Dr. Junfu Bu

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. Marco Carboni

Before joining The Pasta Group at The Oxford University in April 2020, I worked in the R&D team at Oxis Energy ltd (UK) as Research Scientist in 2018-2019, aiming to the pre-processing and protection of metallic lithium foil as anode for liquid and all-solid state Li-S batteries by means ceramic and polymeric coatings, plasma treatments, and Physical Vapour Deposition techniques.

I obtained the PhD degree in Chemical Sciences at "La Sapienza", University of Rome (Italy) in 2016 discussing a thesis titled "A combined experimental/theoretical investigation on the operation mechanisms at the nanoscale in a aprotic-based Li-O2 battery". 

After a short period at Padua University (Italy) as research fellow studying Redox Flow Batteries, I moved to the Uppsala University (Sweden) to work as Post-Doc Researcher (2017-2018) developing mainly two different projects. One concerned the study of electrodes and electro-catalysts for Li-O2 batteries in partnership with Toyota Motor Europe. The second project dealt with negative electrodes for Li-ion, Na-ion and K-ion batteries and it was developed at the Ångström Advanced Battery Centre (ÅABC) at the Uppsala University, leaded by full prof. Kristina Edström.

University of Oxford

Dr. Peiyu Chen

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 Liverpool

Dr. Yun Dang

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 Oxford

Dr. Ed Darnbrough

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 Sheffield

Dr. Hany El-Shinawi

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 Oxford

Dr. Georgina Gregory

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 College London

Dr. Shuai Hao

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 of Oxford

Dr. Hyeon-Jeong Lee

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. Guanchen Li

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. Boyang Liu

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 Cambridge

Dr. Ushasi Roy

Dr. Ushasi Roy earned her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA. For her PhD, she worked on microstructure-sensitive multiscale modelling of fracture in polycrystalline metals. She joined Prof. Norman Fleck's group at the University of Cambridge in January, 2020 after successfully defending her PhD. She currently works on degradation mechanisms of solid state Li-ion batteries.

University of Liverpool

Dr. Elvis Shoko

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 Oxford

Dr. Jin Su

Jin Su obtained his PhD degree from the Department of Chemical System Engineering at the University of Tokyo under the supervision of Prof. Kazunari Domen in Sep. 2017. His PhD research focused on electrochemistry for solar fuel production. He previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in Japan. His research was atomic layer deposition for solid-state ion batteries. He is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Materials at the University of Oxford working with Prof. Chris Grovenor for the SOLBAT project. His research is thin-film materials for Lithium-ion batteries.

University of Oxford

Dr. Chris Thomas

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 St. Andrews

Dr. Mihkel Vestli

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 Oxford

Dr. Xiaoyu Xu

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 Liverpool

Dr. Yundong Zhou

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.

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