Dr Serena Corr
- Reader (School of Chemistry)
Research in the Corr group focuses on the design, synthesis and full characterisation of functional nanomaterials whose applications include insertion electrodes for energy storage, biomedical diagnostics and therapeutics and electronically responsive materials. Using a variety of synthetic approaches and a range of characterisation techniques spanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, physical property measurements and local structure probes, we are particularly interested in understanding the intimate structure-property interplay in functional nanomaterials. A current major strategy is the development of lower energy, quicker synthetic routes to highly crystalline nanoparticles using green routes such as microwave approaches, which drive down reaction times from days to minutes, and the development of molecular precursors to afford novel routes to nanostructured functional materials. These kinds of approaches can lead not only to monodisperse, crystalline materials of desired functionality but also afford a degree of control over the resulting crystal chemistry. Our local structure examinations, in combination with bulk measurements, give us crucial and unique insight into the underlying mechanisms governing behaviour in these important materials, aiding us in the design of future materials.
This research is supported by state-of-the-art equipment and facilities at the University of Glasgow, together with funding from EPSRC, Royal Society and access to the Diamond Light Source and ISIS Muon and Neutron facility. We welcome applications from enthusiastic new group members and further details on our research can be found on our personal research webpage.
- S. A. Corr, Metal oxide nanoparticles. In: Nanoscience: Nanostructures through Chemistry. Series: Nanoscience, 1. RSC Publishing, 180-207.
- P. Barpanda, M. Ati, B. C. Melot, G. Rousse, J-N. Chotard, M-L. Doublet, M. T. Sougrati, S. A. Corr, J-C. Jumas and J-M. Tarascon, A 3.90 V iron-based fluorosulphate material for lithium-ion batteries crystallizing in the triplite structure, Nature Mater., 2011, 10, 772.
- S. A. Corr, D. P. Shoemaker, B. C. Melot and R. Seshadri, Real space investigation of structural changes at the metal-insulator transition in VO2, Phys. Rev. Lett., 2010, 105, 056404.
- Y. Shi, B. Guo, S. A. Corr, Q. Shi, Y.-S. Hu, K. R. Heier, L. Chen, R. Seshadri and G. D. Stucky, Ordered mesoporous metallic MoO2 mateirals with highly reversible lithium storage capacity, Nano Lett., 2009, 9, 4215 – 4220.
- S. A. Corr, S. J. Byrne, R. Tekoriute, C. J. Meledandri, D. F. Brougham, M. Lynch, C. Kerskens, L. O’Dwyer and Y. K. Gun’ko, Linear Assemblies of Magnetic Nanoparticles as MRI Contrast Agents, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2008, 130, 4214-4215.
- C. O’Dalaigh, S. A. Corr, Y. K. Gun’ko and S. J. Connon, A Magnetic-Nanoparticle-Supported 4-N,N-Dialkylaminopyridine Catalyst: Excellent Reactivity Combined with Facile Catalyst Recovery and Recyclability, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2007, 46, 4329-4332.
Barpanda, P., Ati, M., Melot, B.C., Rousse, G., Chotard, J.-N., Doublet, M.-L., Sougrati, M.T., Corr, S.A., Jumas, J.-C. and Tarascon, J.-M. (2011) A 3.90V iron-based fluorosulphate material for lithium-ion batteries crystallizing in the triplite structure. Nature Materials, 10(10), pp. 772-779. (doi:10.1038/nmat3093)
Corr, S.A., Shoemaker, D.P., Melot, B.C. and Seshadri, R. (2010) Real-space investigation of structural changes at the metal-insulator transition in VO₂. Physical Review Letters, 105(5), 056404. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.056404)
Shi, Y., Guo, B., Corr, S.A., Shi, Q., Hu, Y.-S., Heier, K.R., Chen, L., Seshadri, R. and Stucky, G.D. (2009) Ordered mesoporous metallic MoO2 materials with highly reversible lithium storage capacity. Nano Letters, 9(12), pp. 4215-4220. (doi:10.1021/nl902423a)
Corr, S.A., Byrne, S.J., Tekoriute, R., Meledandri, C.J., Brougham, D.F., Lynch, M., Kerskens, C., O'Dwyer, L. and Gun'ko, Y.K. (2008) Linear assemblies of magnetic nanoparticles as MRI contrast agents. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 130(13), pp. 4214-4215. (doi:10.1021/ja710172z)
Level-4 Advanced Chemical Thermodynamics
PhD (Trinity College Dublin), MRSC
Selected Recent Talks
- University of Southern California, Invited seminar, Dec 2013
- XXII International Materials Research Congress, Invited lecture, Cancun, August 2013
- Structure and Dynamics meeting, IISER Pune, Invited lecture, Dec 2012
- Synchrotron Users Meeting, Diamond Light Source, Invited lecture, Sep 2012
- ISIS Neutron Facility, Oxford, Invited seminar, Jan 2012
- British Crystallographic Association Spring Meeting, Keele University, Invited lecture, Apr 2011
- Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, Boston Dec 2010
External appointments and positions
- Associate editor, RSC Nanoscale (2013 – present)
- Committee member RSC Solid State Group and RSC Glasgow and West of Scotland Local Section
- Working group for I15-1, XPDF side-station to I15 at Diamond Light Source