Principal Investigators

Dr. Darren Walsh

Darren Walsh is Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry in the School of Chemistry. He was born and attended school in Dublin. After obtaining his PhD from Dublin City University, he left Ireland and took up a research position at the University of Texas in Austin. He is currently Associate Professor of Physical in the School of Chemistry and runs a research group interested in electrochemistry. The group works on a range of electrochemical topics, many of which are related to electrochemical energy storage and conversion. He is the author of over 50 original research articles and invited book chapters in the areas of physical and analytical electrochemistry. He also enjoys bringing his science to the public. He performs chemistry demonstration lectures for general audiences and is a presenter on the Periodic Table of Videos, an award-winning chemistry channel on YouTube.

Dr. Graham Newton

Graham Newton received his M.Sci. (2005) and PhD. (2009) from the University of Glasgow under the guidance of Prof. Lee Cronin. His doctoral studies focused on the synthesis of polynuclear coordination compounds and the use of cold-spray ESI-MS as a means of tracking their self-assembly. Upon completion of his doctorate he moved to the University of Tsukuba to work with Prof. Hiroki Oshio on a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship, investigating the synthesis and properties of multi-stable transition metal clusters.  He became an Assistant Professor at the University of Tsukuba in 2011, before moving to the University of Nottingham as a Nottingham Research Fellow in April 2015.

Dr. Lee Johnson

Lee Johnson received a MChem (Hons.) degree from Newcastle University in 2006 after which he completed a PhD in physical chemistry and electrochemistry at the University of Nottingham. In 2011 he was awarded a EPSRC Doctoral Prize for the development of scanning electrochemical microscopy methods. In 2012 he joined the research group of Prof P.G. Bruce FRS (University of St Andrews 2012-2014, University of Oxford 2014-2017). As a PDRA, he developed a research programme focused on understanding the elementary processes taking place within the lithium-O2 battery using fundamental electrochemical methods. In 2017 he was awarded a Nottingham Research Fellowship in the Propulsion Futures Beacon of Excellence and the School of Chemistry.