Group photo, November 2021

group leader

Dr Nuria Tapia-Ruiz

Senior Lecturer in Chemistry

Nuria was born in Barcelona and graduated in Chemistry from the University of Barcelona in 2009. After this, she travelled to Scotland (Glasgow) to pursue her PhD studies with Prof. Gregory in the Chemistry Department at the University of Glasgow. In 2013, she moved to the east coast of Scotland (School of Chemistry, University of St. Andrews) to work as a Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Peter Bruce in energy storage materials. In 2014, she moved with Prof. Bruce and his research group to Oxford (Materials Department, University of Oxford) to work as a Research Fellow where she took up the role of Team Leader of the Sodium-ion battery team. She started her independent career as a Lecturer in Chemistry at Lancaster University in 2017 and got promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2020. ​She currently holds a CAMS-UK fellowship.


Dr Harald Schlegl

Laboratory Manager

Laura Parker

Project Administrator


Senior Research Fellow

Aqueous Zn-ion batteries

Research Fellow

Layered oxide cathode materials for Na-ion batteries (NEXGENNA)

Research Fellow

High voltage spinel cathode materials for Li-ion batteries (FutureCat)


Spinel cathode materials for Mg batteries

Year 3 PhD

High voltage spinel materials for Li-ion batteries


Oxide-type materials for Na-ion batteries

Hard Carbons for Na-ion batteries

Year 2 PhD

Rocksalt cathodes for Li-ion batteries

Year 1 PhD

Plasma Polymer Coatings for Battery Electrodes

Year 1 PhD

Microporous materials in energy storage


MChem Students

  • Alex Haslam, Chemist at EDF Energy

  • Beth Murdock, PhD at Tapia-Ruiz Group

  • Ketan Chavda, Chemist at Johnson Matthey

PhD Students

  • Cindy Soares, Analytical Scientist at Eurofins

Visiting PhD Students

  • Youzuo Hu, PhD student at R&D Center for New Energy Materials and Integrated Energy

  • Palani Molaiyan, Research Associate at iPAT, TU-BS, Germany


  • Bin Wang, Lecturer, China University of Petroleum, East China

  • Jake Entwistle, Director of Battery Materials, Ionic Mineral Technologies, USA