Welcome to the Energy Materials Interfaces group website!

Our group aims to develop a greater understanding of reactions that occur at material interfaces and underpin many sustainable technologies. We pioneer new interface-sensitive characterisation techniques to reveal the processes involved in the synthesis and operation of materials in areas including electrochemical energy storage (Li-ion batteries), heterogeneous catalysis, 2D material growth and electronic devices.




The Energy Material Interfaces group is led by Dr Robert Weatherup and based in the Rex Richards building within the Department of Materials at the University of Oxford. The group started at Oxford in October 2019 and currently consists of four postdoctoral research associates, eight DPhil students and three Masters students. We make extensive use of experimental facilities at the nearby Harwell campus, collaborating closely with scientists at Diamond Light Source and the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source.

Areas of particular interest include 2D materials synthesis and processing, the development of X-ray and electron transparent membranes, and adapting X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) and soft X-ray absoption spectroscopy (sXAS) for the study of solid-gas and solid-liquid interfaces. We continue to develop new experimental methodologies to enhance our understanding of buried interfaces under operating conditions. We are always happy to discuss our research and undertake collaborative studies with academic or industrial partners.

Energy Materials Interfaces Group - April 2021

2021 03 20 group photo


Namrata Ramesh

Conor Phelan, Jack Swallow, Jessica Wen, Erik Bjorklund

Greta Thompson, Jodie Charlton, Michael Fraser

Joshua Gibson, Lizzie Jones

Robert Weatherup