Supervisors: Prof. K. Kendall & Prof. J. Preece
DTC Project - Fuel Cell Catalyst Nanoparticle Preparation and Aggregation Studies
Jill has a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and a PhD in Colloid Chemistry, researching the internal morphology of polymer latices, from the University of Bristol. She worked in industrial research for several years; firstly with ICI (Corporate Colloid Science Group) on preparation of colloidally stable inorganic nanoparticles at high concentration and, secondly, with Albright and Wilson (International Technical Centre) where she researched applications for surfactant mesophases. Jill has published academic papers and patents in these areas of research.
After a career break to raise three children, Jill is now starting her second PhD in the DTC under the supervision of Prof. K. Kendall (Chem. Eng.) and Prof. J. Preece (Chemistry). Her main investigations will focus on nanoparticle catalysts for fuel cells with the aim of reducing platinum loading in PEMFC’s. She is particularly interested in nanoparticle aggregation behaviour in these systems.