Principal Investigator

Dr. James A. Dawson 

Reader and Newcastle University Academic Track (NUAcT) Fellow in Energy Materials

Like Slash, Lemmy, Wedgwood and Mitchell before him, James grew up in Stoke-on-Trent, famous for oatcakes, pottery and darts players. He obtained his BSc Chemistry degree from Keele University in 2009 and then moved to Sheffield to undertake his PhD under the supervision of Professors John Harding and Derek Sinclair. After completing his studies, James was awarded a prestigious JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship at Kyoto University, which allowed him to achieve his ambition of living in Japan. Upon conclusion of the fellowship, James returned to the UK to take up a postdoctoral position at the University of Cambridge and then the University of Bath, before joining Newcastle University as a NUAcT Fellow in January 2020. Outside of research, James enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, travel, live music and sport.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. James Quirk

PDRA, Nano- and Microstructural Modelling of Solid Electrolytes for Solid-State Batteries

(May 2021)

Dr. Ying Zhou

PDRA, Design and Understanding of Solid Electrolytes for Energy Applications (May 2023)

Dr. Juliane Fiates

PDRA, Atomistic Simulations of Liquid Electrolytes and SEI Formation in Anode-Free Batteries  (July 2023)

Dr. Jack Hemingway

PDRA, Mechanochemical Modelling of Battery Materials (September 2023)

Frazer Forrester

RA, Li-Ion Transport, Defects and Interfaces in Li3PS4 for Solid-State Batteries

(December 2023)

Ana Carolina Dutra

RA, Lithium and Sodium Anti-Perovskite Solid Electrolytes for Energy Storage Applications

(April 2021–)  


Alex Bell

PhD, Understanding Electrode-Electrolyte Interfaces in Solid-State Batteries

(September 2021–)  

George Rudman

PhD, Fluorine Doping of Anti-Perovskite Solid Electrolytes for Solid-State Batteries (co-supervised with Dr. Karen Johnston at Durham University)

(September 2021–)  

Jing Xuan (Michelle) Lim

PhD, Efficacy of artificial imprinted antibodies in driving unwarranted immune responses (co-supervised with Dr. Shoba Amarnath and Dr. Marloes Peeters)

(February 2022–)  

Jemma Cox

PhD, Development of Mixed Anion Argyrodite Solid Electrolytes

(September 2022)

Alwah Alqarni

PhD, Understanding and Optimising the Formation and Electronic Properties of Metallo-DNA (co-supervised with Dr. Ben Horrocks and Prof. Andy Houlton)

(September 2022)

Joseph Thomas

PhD, Novel Modular and Eco-Designed PEM Electrolysers Integrated for Green Hydrogen Production (co-supervised with Dr. Lu Xing and Dr. Vincent Barrioz at Northumbria University)

(September 2022)

Victoria Watson

PhD, Synthesis and Characterisation of Palmierites for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (co-supervised with Prof. Abbie McLaughlin at the University of Aberdeen)

(January 2023–)  

Xudong Mao

PhD, Exploring Ion Transport in Halide-Based Solid Electrolytes

(January 2023–)  

Oscar Ballantyne

PhD, Computational Design of New Fuel Cell Materials

(September 2023–)  

Rebecca Wignall

PhD, Development of Solid Electrolytes by a Combined In-Operando XPS-Theoretical Approach (co-supervised with Dr. Elisabetta Arca)

(September 2023–)  

Alanoud Aloufi

PhD, Ion Transport and Interfaces in Hybrid Perovskites for Optoelectronics

(September 2024–)  

Visiting Researchers

Dr. Andrey Poletayev

PDRA, Stanford University with Aaron Lindenberg

(FebruaryMarch 2020)

Dr. Claire Meara

Head of Strategy for Government Science & Engineering Profession, Government Office for Science 

(November 2021)

Dr. Alexandros Vasileiadis

Veni Laureate and PDRA, TU Delft with Marnix Wagemaker

(January 2022–February 2022)

Dr. Kingsley Obodo

PDRF, North-West University with Dmitri Bessarabov

(February 2022–March 2022)

Dr. Zeyu (Jerry) Deng

PDRF, National University of Singapore with Piero Canepa

(March 2022–April 2022)


Abigail Puckey

MChem, Defects and Ion Migration at the Grain Boundaries of Hybrid Perovskites

(October 2020–June 2021)

Joe Skilbeck-Dunn

MChem, Understanding Ion Transport at the Nanoscale in Anti-Perovskite Solid Electrolytes

(October 2020–June 2021)

Tia Mlinaric

MChem, Microstructural Modelling of Li2RuO3 as a Next-Generation Cathode for Li-Ion Batteries

(October 2021–June 2022)

Jemma Cox

MChem, Pressure and Strain Effects in Li7La3Zr2O12 for Solid-State Microbatteries in Medical Devices

(October 2021–June 2022)

Dylan Spraggon

MChem, Impact of Doping on Ionic Transport and Electronic Properties of Li3PS4 Solid Electrolytes

(October 2022–June 2023)  

Alex Watkins

MChem, Understanding Superionic Transport in LaX3 (X = Cl or Br) Solid Electrolytes

(October 2023June 2024)