Professor Serena Corr
Serena obtained her BA (2002) and PhD (2007) in Chemistry from Trinity College Dublin. She completed her PhD work on New Magnetic Nanostructured Materials with Professor Yurii Gun’ko, where she developed new magnetic materials for biomedical applications. In 2007, she began working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Materials Research Laboratory with Professor Ram Seshadri at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she studied metal-insulator transitions in vanadates. After a lectureship at the University of Kent, Serena joined the School of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow as a lecturer in Physical Chemistry in 2013, was promoted to Reader in 2016 and made Professor and Chair of Energy Materials in 2018. In October 2018, she joined the University of Sheffield as Professor and Chair in Functional Nanomaterials, as a joint appointment between the Departments of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering. Her research focuses on the design, synthesis and characterization of functional nanomaterials in particular for applications in energy storage, with an emphasis on understanding their intimate structure-property interplay. She is associate editor of the RSC journals Nanoscale and Nanoscale Advances, IOP journal Progress in Energy and sits on the editorial boards of Chemistry of Materials and Nanoscale Horizons. She was Theme Coordinator for Energy Conversion and Storage for the Scottish Energy Technology Partnership until 2018 and is a member of the Supergen Energy Storage Hub and Science board. Serena also serves on the scientific and organising committees for a number of conferences (including the UK Energy Storage conference 2016; ISACS: Challenges in Inorganic Chemistry 2017; 16th European Solid State meeting 2017). Serena was appointed to the EPSRC Strategic Advisory Committee in 2017, a post she will hold for three years. She has published over 50 refereed publications, including five invited book chapters. She was awarded the 2017 Royal Society of Chemistry’s Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship. She is married to Eddie and they are parents to two boys.
Dr Esther Aluri
Esther received her master’s degree from IIT Madras (India) in 2010. Her master’s project focused on Gum Acacia coated magnetic nanoparticles for enzyme immobilization applications. After this, she worked as a Junior research Fellow at IIT madras (India) till 2011. During the period, she developed polymer-based materials for controlled drug release. She completed her PhD studies (2015) under the supervision of Dr. Andrew P. Grosvenor at University of Saskatchewan (Canada), where she worked on investigating various solid-state materials for nuclear waste immobilization applications using synchrotron facilitated X‑ray techniques. She loves painting and pencil drawing in her free time.
Dr Manik Bhosale
Manik received his PhD degree in chemical science from National Chemical Laboratory, Pune (India) under the supervision of Dr. Kothandam Krishnamoorthy in August 2016. During his PhD, he focused on the synthesis of organic small molecules and microporous polymers as an electrode material for rechargeable batteries. After this, Manik has finished his first postdoc from the Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon (South Korea) with Prof. Jae-Young Choi, where he designed and synthesis of mesoporous metal oxides and metal-doped carbon materials for energy storage and conversion devices. In his free time, he enjoys playing a cricket and spending time with family and friends.
Dr Hany El-Shinawi
Hany completed his PhD in solid state chemistry at the University of Birmingham with Prof Colin Greaves in July 2010. His PhD studies focused on the synthesis and characterization of perovskite-related materials and their possible use as cathode materials in SOFCs. After this, Hany joined Prof Jürgen Janek’s group (Giessen, Germany), as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow, in 2011 working on potential electrode materials for lithium batteries. Hany has employed sol-gel synthesis to develop and enhance the performance of several anode/cathode/solid-electrolyte materials for lithium battery applications. After a short lectureship at Mansoura University (Egypt), he joined Serena’s group as a research associate. In his free time, Hany enjoys reading and spending time with family.
Dr Naresh Gollapally
Naresh obtained his master’s degree from NIT Warangal (India) in 2010 and Ph.D. in solid state chemistry from IIT Roorkee (India) under the guidance of Dr. Tapas Kumar Mandal in 2016. His Ph.D. thesis focused on the “Development of New Layered Oxide and Oxyhalide Titanates for Solar Photocatalysis”. Then, he carried out one and half year postdoctoral research on “Facet-Dependent Optical and Photocatalytic Properties of Nanocrystals” with Prof. Michael H. Huang at National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. Currently, he is a Research Associate in University of Sheffield with Prof. Serena Corr and his present research interests is “Development of NMC Materials for Li-ion Batteries”. Naresh enjoys travelling, reading, drawing, cooking, running and workouts in gym.
Enrique Sanchez Perez
Enrique obtained a bachelor degree in Chemistry at Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) in 2013, during which he held an Erasmus Scholarship in Lund University Sweden in 2012. After working for one year in electrochemical biosensors and nanomaterials at UCM, Enrique moved to Grenoble and completed a Masters degree in Nanotechnology and Nanochemistry in Université Joseph Fourier in 2015. During his free time, Enrique enjoys rock and ice climbing, biking and travelling.
Beth obtained her undergraduate masters degree in Chemical Physics from the University of Glasgow in 2016, achieving a first class honours and was also awarded the Archibald MCauley Memorial Prize for most distinguished combined physics student. She undertook an industrial placement year at De La Rue (England) during her fourth year, working on novel security features for banknotes. Beth’s PhD focuses on synthesis of electrode materials for high voltage Li-ion batteries – continuing where she left off from her final year masters project at Glasgow. She is also a recipient of the prestigious Carnegie Trust PhD Scholarship. In her free time, she enjoys reading, driving and visiting historical sites.
Lianne graduated from the University of Manchester in 2016 with an integrated masters degree in Chemistry with industrial experience. Her third year was spent with Imerys Minerals Ltd. working on improving the strength and rheological properties of a cellulose based product through the addition of natural polymers. During the last year of her degree, Lianne undertook a masters project on sub-micron patterning of polymer brushes using super inkjet printing. In her free time Lianne enjoys playing the piano, surfing and visiting museums.
Joint PhD students
Daniel Jackson, a joint PhD student with Dr Donna Arnold at the University of Kent, who works on new synthetic routes to complex oxides and the study of their applications as active electrodes for Li-ion batteries.
Former group members and visitors
Dr Marco Amores completed his PhD in our group before taking a position at NPL. He was awarded a prestigious JSPS Fellowship to undertake postdoctoral research at the University of Tokyo and NIMS.
Dr Josefa Vidal Laveda completed her PhD in the Corr group and is now a postdoctoral researcher at EMPA, Switzerland working on battery materials.
Akansha Goyal, visiting Erasmus project student from Leiden University, who is working on the synthesis of high voltage metal oxide nanostructures for Li-ion batteries
Christian Arenas, MSc by research student, currently writing up his thesis on solid electrolytes for energy storage.
Dr Thomas Ashton completed his PhD in the Corr group and went on to postdoctoral work with Prof Jawwad Darr at UCL.
Max Terban, Columbia-Glasgow research exchange scholarship from Columbia University to work on nanoparticle conservation strategies for the Mary Rose.
Dr Marc Williams, who completed his PhD in the Corr group on magnetic nanocomposite materials. Went on to postdoctoral work at University of Kent.
Dr Parthiban Ramasamy, RSC Mobility Fellow, Kongju National University, South Korea, worked on new routes to anode materials for Li-ion batteries.
Vibhuti Chandhok, Postgraduate taught masters project student, worked on new routes to magnetic nanocomposite materials. Went on to PhD at University of Florida.
Larissa Caminhas, Science without Borders student, visited from Brazil and worked on perovskite nanoparticles for hyperthermia applications.
Paula Lins, Science without Borders student, visited from Brazil and worked on iron oxide nanoparticles for imaging applications.
Michael Hills, Nuffield summer student, worked on Li-ion batteries.
David Hevia , visiting Erasmus student from the Universitat de Barcelona
Áine Laughlin , final year chemistry student at Glasgow University, now working for Charles River.
Cheryl O’Connor , final year chemistry student at Glasgow University, now working for Charles River.
Chris Kennedy, MSci Chemical Physics student who spent the summer in our lab on an EPSRC Vacation scholarship working on vanadate nanomaterials.