Professor Serena Margadonna

Professor Serena Margadonna
Telephone: (01792) 606083
Room: Academic Office - A213
Second Floor
Engineering East
Bay Campus

Professor Margadonna has recently been appointed as a Chair in Materials Engineering.

Her work has been inspired by the simple realisation that major advances in modern technology are always driven by the availability of materials which possess a number of functionalities and are able to operate at different length scales, in harsh conditions such as extremes of pressures/temperature and highly corrosive environments. The performance requirements for materials are increasingly demanding and necessitate a truly multidisciplinary research.

Professor Margadonna over the years has acquired knowledge and know-how in a number of fields in science starting from her chemical background, indispensable for the design and production of new materials, through condensed matter physics and process engineering. This has been achieved by working in a variety of academic environments and visiting a number of international laboratories which have resulted in the establishment of contacts and collaborations with world leading scientist. Her interdisciplinary approach produced a number of significant advances which have attracted peer-recognition as shown by a number of high-impact publications and international awards.

Professor Margadonna’s current research focusses on new materials and process technologies all related to energy production, transport and storage. Her vision is to give a contribution to the global energy challenge by developing cost-efficient and environmentally sustainable solutions.


  1. & Designing a High-Power Sodium-Ion Battery by in Situ Metal Plating. ACS Applied Energy Materials 2(1), 344-353.
  2. & Operando SAXS/WAXS on the a-P/C as the Anode for Na-Ion Batteries. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 122(11), 5917-5923.
  3. & High-pressure high-temperature tailoring of High Entropy Alloys for extreme environments. Journal of Alloys and Compounds 738, 491-500.
  4. & Synergic effect of Bi, Sb and Te for the increased stability of bulk alloying anodes for sodium-ion batteries. Journal of Materials Chemistry A 5(44), 23198-23208.
  5. & Chemical Structures of Specific Sodium Ion Battery Components Determined by Operando Pair Distribution Function and X-ray Diffraction Computed Tomography. Angewandte Chemie International Edition

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  • EG-290 Order and Disorder in Materials

    Introduction to crystallography, including vector algebra, crystal lattices, fractional co-ordinates, lattice directions, Miller indices. Factors governing atomic arrangements in crystals. Crystal structures of the elements, ionic compounds, interstitial and substitutional solid solutions, polymer crystal structures and morphology. Introduction to imperfections in crystals; vacancies and dislocations; dislocation structures in metals; mechanisms controlling dislocation movement. Dislocation interactions and their effect on the mechanical properties of metal and alloys.

  • EGA110 Instrumental and Analytical Chemistry

    This module deals with the principles and practice of analytical chemistry and gives an introduction to a number of important instrumental techniques in analytical chemistry for both qualitative and quantitative analysis including: gravimetric, titrimetric separation and spectroscopic techniques.


  • New-concept rechargeable batteries for large scale energy storage (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Cecile Charbonneau
  • Sodium-ion batteries: new approaches for medium to large scale energy storage (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof David Worsley
  • “A new concept for advanced large-scale energy storage: secondary batteries with seawater as open self-replenishing cathode”. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Davide Deganello