Dr Shirin Alexander
Ser Cymru II Fellow
Telephone: (01792) 606230
Room: Research Hub - 204
Second Floor
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. & Size and morphology dependent surface wetting based on hydrocarbon functionalized nanoparticles. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 543, 328-334.
  2. & Tunable Surface Properties of Aluminum Oxide Nanoparticles from Highly Hydrophobic to Highly Hydrophilic. ACS Omega 2(6), 2507-2514.
  3. & Branched Hydrocarbon Low Surface Energy Materials for Superhydrophobic Nanoparticle Derived Surfaces. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 8(1), 660-666.
  4. & Silica Nanoparticle Enhancement in the Efficiency of Surfactant Flooding of Heavy Oil in a Glass Micromodel. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
  5. & pH-responsive octylamine coupling modification of carboxylated aluminium oxide surfaces. Journal of Materials Chemistry A 3(18), 10052-10059.

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  • EGDM01 Colloid and Interface Science

    Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the properties of colloids and their importance in industry.


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

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Andrew Barron