School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Structure & Dynamics of Energy Materials

Structure and Dynamics of Energy Materials

Our Research

Understanding structure and how it evolves during chemical processes is critical. We aim to establish the principles governing the structure and dynamics of molecules and materials. We then apply this understanding to a broad set of applications.

Our academics have strong links with both industry and academia.

Research includes studying properties of matter under non-equilibrium and extreme conditions.

We seek a deeper understanding of the functional properties of materials, to enhance their application in emerging technologies.

Advanced Materials for Energy Network

We lead the North East Centre for Energy Materials (NECEM). This is part of the EPSRC established Advanced Materials for Energy Network.

Collaborative Network for X-Ray Spectroscopy

We lead the Collaborative Network for X-Ray Spectroscopy (CONEXS), an EPSRC-funded network which aims to establish a UK community for X-ray spectroscopy.

We have received significant funding from both the UK, the EU and industry.

Key strengths

Our key strengths include:

  • x-ray diffraction
  • advanced spectroscopy
  • energy materials
  • excited state processes and dynamics
  • theory and computation
X-ray diffraction is one of our key strengths within the research group.
X-ray diffraction is one of our key strengths within the research group.

Themes

We work across a number of complementary themes and exploit interdisciplinary relationships to maximise academic, societal and economic impact.

Publications

Our publications by year.

Staff

Our Structure and Dynamics of Energy Materials researchers are listed here.

Group leader

Dr Thomas Penfold
Reader in Computational and Theoretical Chemistry

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6924

 

Researchers

Professor Andrew Benniston
Deputy Head of School

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5706

Emeritus Professor Bill Clegg
Senior Research Investigator

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6649

Dr Fabio Cucinotta
Lecturer in Physical Chemistry

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8507

Dr Elizabeth Gibson
Reader in Energy Materials

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5541

Dr Jerry Hagon
Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7380

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8660

Professor Werner Hofer
Professor of Chemical Physics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0)208 4638

Dr Mike Probert
Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry, Head of Crystallography

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6641

Professor Ulrich Stimming
Professor of Physical Chemistry

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6786

Dr Nick Walker
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7028

 

Research associates and assistants

Dr Julien Eng
Post-Doctoral Research Assistant

Email:
Telephone: 0191 2086636

Dr Yvelin Giret
Research Associate

Dr Theo Keane
Research Associate

Dr Charlie McMonagle
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44191 208 7049

Dr Thomas Northey
Research Associate

Dr Kripasindhu Sardar
Research Associate