Dr Shirin Alexander
Ser Cymru II Fellow
Telephone: (01792) 606230
Room: Research Hub
Energy Safety Research Institute
Bay Campus

My principal research interest is in surface chemistry, materials, polymers, and colloids and also in developing and understanding the correlations between the structures adopted by surfactants/polymeric surfactants at interfaces and the physical properties of these materials in solutions. Such materials have an extensive range of applications and are widely used from enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and personal care formulations through to drug delivery vehicles.

My current work in the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) is focused mainly on material chemistry, functionalisation/synthesis of nanoparticles and microparticles.

Areas of Expertise

  • Material Chemistry
  • Colloid Chemistry
  • Polymer
  • Nanoparticles
  • Drug delivery


  1. & Silica Nanoparticle Enhancement in the Efficiency of Surfactant Flooding of Heavy Oil in a Glass Micromodel. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
  2. pH-responsive octylamine coupling modification of carboxylated aluminium oxide surfaces. J. Mater. Chem. A 3(18), 10052-10059.
  3. & Proppant immobilization facilitated by carbon nanotube mediated microwave treatment of polymer-proppant structures. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 513, 297-305.
  4. & Tunable Surface Properties of Aluminum Oxide Nanoparticles from Highly Hydrophobic to Highly Hydrophilic. ACS Omega 2(6), 2507-2514.
  5. & Assembly of porous hierarchical copolymers/resin proppants: New approaches to smart proppant immobilization via molecular anchors. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 466, 275-283.

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  • EG-080 Fundamentals of Materials

    This module is designed for foundation year engineering students and is intended to provide the fundamental principles underlying the properties of materials based on their elemental composition, structure, and their uses in engineering in the following areas: construction materials; steel and other metals; cement; glass; polymers; composites; timbers; fuels and oils; lubricants; adhesives.


  • Novel Nanomaterials, Polymers, and Surfactants as Emerging Platforms for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Andrew Barron