PhD Research Student
Catherine completed her Masters in Chemistry at the University of York in 2015. She completed her final year of study in industry at the Johnson Matthey Technology Centre in Teesside. Following graduation she worked with Johnson Matthey on several projects in the field of heterogenous catalysis until 2017 when she moved to Nottingham. Catherine is currently studying towards a Ph.D. with the Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Chemistry, under the supervision of Dr. Darren Walsh and Dr. Graham Newton. She is in her final year of research, working on the development of multi-electron charge carriers, such as fullerenes and polyoxometalates for high energy redox flow batteries.
Matthew graduated with an MSci in Chemistry from the University of Nottingham in 2017. During his third year of undergraduate studies, he undertook an industrial placement at 3M in their abrasives for the automotive aftermarket division. His Masters’ Project investigated materials for carbon capture and storage under the supervision of Prof Robert Mokaya.
He is a part of the Centre for Doctoral Research in Fuel Cells and their Fuels programme and is supervised by Dr Darren Walsh. His research is focused on investigating non-precious metal electrocatalysts for the oxygen and hydrogen evolution reactions in alkaline conditions. During his PhD, Matthew has assisted in other projects by providing expertise in electrochemistry and electrocatalysis.
Matthew is passionate about science communication and plans to pursue a career in the area after his PhD. He often volunteers at outreach events such as the Big Bang Fair and Pint of Science. Outside of the PhD, Matthew is heavily involved in student groups at the University, being an active member of the Creative Writing Society and the Science Editor for Impact Magazine in 2020/21. He enjoys playing squash and badminton and has recently learnt to scuba dive.
Daniel is a recent graduate from the NAMI group and whose PhD was supervised by Dr. Darren A. Walsh as part of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Fuel Cells & Their Fuels. After his undergraduate studies at the Lancaster University, and prior to starting at the University of Nottingham, Daniel undertook a masters degree by research in materials for sustainable energy technologies at the University of Birmingham.
His PhD research concerned electrocatalytic reactions in protic and aprotic ionic liquid electrolytes; specifically, the oxygen-reduction and hydrogen oxidation reactions, and formic acid-oxidation reaction. Published work resulting from his studies contain fundamental insights into the nature of proton shuttling in protic ionic liquid (PIL) electrolyte-based fuel cells and consequently, on the suitability of PILs as fuel cell electrolytes.
When not in the lab, Daniel enjoys composing music, choral conducting, singing tenor in symphonic choruses, and performing on the piano and pipe organ. His proposal for a piano in the Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry’s winter garden was supported by the School and University Executive Board, resulting in the installation of the Steinway & Sons Model O (1911) grand piano for the enjoyment of staff, students and visitors.
In 2021, Daniel was awarded the Sir Fraser and Norma Stoddart Prize for Outstanding Citizenship and Academic Excellence in Postgraduate Research.