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About the Group

Our research group is based in the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham. We're part of the broader solid state community there, sharing lab and office space, equipment, ideas, and general research life among the various groups. We aim to foster a supportive, creative, collaborative and enthusiastic research environment.


For opportunities to join the group, click here. Chemistry should be accessible to all, and so we welcome interest from dedicated researchers regardless of gender, race, sexuality, (dis)ability, religion and background.


Current members

Josh Makepeace

Principal Investigator:

Josh is a Lecturer in Chemistry and UKRI Future Leaders Fellow in the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham. 

After completing his Bachelor degree at Flinders University of South Australia, Josh moved to the UK to study for a D.Phil. in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Oxford.

Following work at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and as a Junior Research Fellow at St John's College, University of Oxford, Josh started at the University of Birmingham in late 2019.

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Fatima Abi Ghaida

Research Fellow:

Fatima is conducting a research project on the development of new catalyst formulations for ammonia synthesis under mild conditions as part of the AMBHER project.

See Fatima's publications via Google Scholar

Beatrice Tharigopala Vincent

Research Fellow:

Beatrice joined the group after working as a SERB-National Postdoctoral Fellow at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. She completed PhD in Chemistry from Homi Bhabha National Institute, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research Campus, Kalpakkam. Her research interest is towards the development of chemical sensing devices and solid-state electrolytes for energy storage application.

See Beatrice's publications via Google Scholar

Jeremy Lowen

PhD Student:

Jeremy joined the group as a PhD student in 2020 after completing his MSci in the group in a project co-supervised by Dr Paul Anderson. His doctorate focuses on the development of M-N-H materials for battery applications.

Caitlin Brooker-Davis

PhD Student:

Caitlin joined the group in 2021 on a PhD project developing new M-N-H catalyst systems for producing hydrogen from ammonia.

Ezri McGarrigle

PhD Student:

Ezri is completing a PhD research project on M-N-H ammonia synthesis catalysts as part of the AMBHER project. Ezri previously completed a MSci project in the group.

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Una O'Hara

PhD Student:

Una is studying the hydrogen storage applications of metal borohydride - metal hydride composites as part of the SusHy CDT programme

Angharad Beach

MSci Student:

Angharad is working on a project on calcium nitride-hydride materials for ammonia synthesis applications.

Bryan Kuzov

MSci Student:

Bryan is exploring practical characteristics of solid state electrolyte materials.

Previous members

Chloe Walker

M.Sci. Student '21/22 

Maryam Aziz

M.Sci. Student '19/20 

Adam Way

M.Sci. Student '21/22 

Matthew Brookman

M.Sci. Student '20/21 

Manoj Ravi

Research Fellow 

Emily Cooper

M.Sci. Student '20/21 

Simon Fetwi

M.Sci. Student '20/21 

Alisha Sukhwani Manghnani, Part II (co-supervised with Prof Bill David)

Jonny Betteridge, Part II (co-supervised with Prof Bill David)

Jack Searle, Part II (co-supervised with Prof Bill David)

Jake Brittain, Part II (co-supervised with Prof Bill David)

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