Julia Payne

Postdoctoral Researcher, 2014 – Present

Julia_graduation_01Julia completed her PhD and initial post-doctoral studies at Durham University under the supervision of Dr Ivana Evans. Her work focussed on the synthesis, characterisation and properties of oxides, with particular emphasis on their applications as oxide ion conductors. Her work involved a using a range of different synthetic and crystallographic techniques (powder X-ray and powder neutron diffraction, single crystal X-ray diffraction and neutron total scattering) and impedance spectroscopy.

During her PhD Julia spent some time at the Institut-Laue-Langevin in Grenoble, France carrying out molecular dynamics simulations.

In 2012 Julia took up a post-doctoral position in the group of Professor Matthew Rosseinsky at the University of Liverpool. Here her work focussed primarily on the synthesis, characterisation and properties of materials for lithium ion conductors. Julia was also involved in projects on a range of different materials such as oxide ion conductors and materials for SOFC cathode applications. During this time, Julia was the synchrotron powder diffraction beam-time coordinator for the group and this enabled her to be exposed to other projects in the group in areas as diverse as MOFs, ferroelectrics and superconductors. Julia is very experienced in carrying out experiments at large central facilities such as ISIS and Diamond.

Julia joined the JTSI group in 2014 and her project is based on materials for applications in photovoltaic devices.

Julia’s research interests continue to be centred on materials for energy applications. She particularly enjoys using a range of complementary techniques to probe the structure-property relationships within functional materials.