Staff Profile

Professor Lidija Siller

Professor of Nanoscale Science


Prof Lidija Siller is a Professor of Nanoscale Science at the School of Engineering, Newcastle University

Roles and Responsibilities

Head of Advanced Materials and Electrochemical Engineering Group

Academic in charge of NEXUS - Surface characterisation facility at Faculty of SAGE


BSc (Zagreb)
PhD (Cambridge)

Previous Positions

  • 1999-2004  EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow
  • 1996 – 1999 The Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow at the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Birmingham, UK
  • 1994 – 1995 EC Postdoctoral Fellow , Physics department, University of Modena, Italy.


Institute of Physics (IOP)

Honours and Awards

The WES top 50 Women in Engineering, national award by Women's Engineering Society (WES) on 23/06/2022

Innovator of The Year 2015 Award, Newcastle University

EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship, UK (1999-2004)

Associate Western Universities Fellowship, Washington State, USA (1999)

The Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship, UK (1996-1999)

EC Postdoctoral Fellowship in Condensed Matter, Italy (1995)

Bryce Tebb Graduate Scholarship, Girton College, Cambridge. Awarded twice, in two consecutive years 1991/1992 and 1992/1993.

ORS Award



Informal Interests

Reading, music, geography, travel and painting




Research Interests

Nanoscale science and nanotechnology, CO2 capture and storage, Aerogel materials, Thermoelctrics, Supercapacitors, Nanotoxicology
Physics and Chemistry at Solid Surfaces; Optical, electronic and structural properties of nanoscale materials; Electron and Photon stimulated desorption in ices

Other Expertise

High resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS), photoemission, X-ray emission and X-ray absorption (NEXAFS), AFM, STM

Postgraduate Supervision

Currently I am supervisor of 6 PhD students

1. Mr Yujing Liu

2. Mr Steve Laidler

3. Mr Feng Xiong

4. Harry Orendi

5. Kaniaw Marof

6. Tianzhou Yuan

I have supervised successfully 20 PhD students 

I am always very keen to start a new PhD or MPhil project especially with bright and enthusiastic students who would like to join us!

Esteem Indicators

Discovery of gold nitride has been the subject of significant media attention. I was interviewed by BBC Radio Newcastle, The Journal newspaper, and by ITV news. The discovery was also published on the BBC News web pages23, Physics World web pages, in Process Engineering, November 2003 issue (Centaur Publishing Ltd) and articles have appeared in other international newspapers and journals such as Physicist (Australia), Advanced Packaging (USA), and The Hindu (India).

Referee for UKRI (since 2000)

Referee and Panel Member for DTI

Referee for Panel meetings (Material Science, Physics, Large National facilities)

Referee for the following International research journals: Physical Review B
Applied Physics Letters, Surface Science, Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena
Nuclear Instruments and Methods B, Surfaces and Coatings, Materials Characterisation
Thin Solid Films

On editorial board of Vacuum and Scientific Reports

Šiller L. and Han X. received the Newcastle University Innovator of the Year 2015 Award

Siller L awarded Winner of top 50 engineering women in UK (WE50) for Innovation by Women's engineering society in 2022

Industrial Relevance

Scale up and licencing patent to Element 6 on de-agglomeration of diamonds.

Co-founder of spin out company Dragonfly Insulation Ltd. (Co number 12026868)

Commercial licencing to Evoltec and CaptiCO2 of Carbon Capture


1. Contaminant Removal Method, international patent No. PCT/GB99/03409

2. L. Šiller, S. Krishnamurthy and Y. Chao, Method of making gold nitride, UK patent, GB 0413036.5, 10th June 2004

3. L. Šiller L and GA Bhaduri, Carbon Capture, PCT/GB2013/051243 (WO 2013171480 A2, WO2013171480 A3,US20150151248 A1, EP2849871 A2, CN104428051 A).


Undergraduate Teaching

PHYS8030 Applied Solid State

Postgraduate Teaching

CME8055 Energy sources and storage

CME8215 Introduction to nanomaterials

CME8216 Nanomaterials case studies