Professor Serena Margadonna

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. Mazzali, F., Orzech, M., Adomkevicius, A., Pisanu, A., Malavasi, L., Deganello, D., Margadonna, S. Designing a High-Power Sodium-Ion Battery by in Situ Metal Plating ACS Applied Energy Materials 2 1 344 353
  2. Povia, M., Sottmann, J., Portale, G., Knudsen, K., Margadonna, S., Sartori, S. 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. Yusenko, K., Riva, S., Crichton, W., Spektor, K., Bykova, E., Pakhomova, A., Tudball, A., Kupenko, I., Rohrbach, A., Klemme, S., Mazzali, F., Margadonna, S., Lavery, N., Brown, S. High-pressure high-temperature tailoring of High Entropy Alloys for extreme environments Journal of Alloys and Compounds 738 491 500
  4. Orzech, M., Mazzali, F., McGettrick, J., Pleydell-Pearce, C., Watson, T., Voice, W., Jarvis, D., Margadonna, S. 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. Sottmann, J., Di Michiel, M., Fjellvåg, H., Malavasi, L., Margadonna, S., Vajeeston, P., Vaughan, G., Wragg, D. Chemical Structures of Specific Sodium Ion Battery Components Determined by Operando Pair Distribution Function and X-ray Diffraction Computed Tomography Angewandte Chemie International Edition 56 38 11385 11389

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  • EG-108 Engineering Sustainability


  • EG-290 Order and Disorder in Materials

    Introduction to crystallography powder diffraction. Factors governing atomic arrangements in crystals. Crystal structures of the elements, ionic compounds, interstitial and substitutional solid solutions. Introduction to imperfections in crystals; point defects (impurities and vacancies), line defects (dislocations) and planar defects (interfaces and grain boundaries). Understanding of crystal growth and defects. The positive and negative effects of defects on different types of crystalline materials; and how understanding can lead to control.

  • 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.


  • Development of molecular vapor deposition methods for highly integrated battery/ device systems. (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Owen Guy
  • Protection of Li-metal anode by surface coating to enhance the cycling performance of Li-S batteries (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Owen Guy
  • Development of Solid Electrolytes for Solid-State Lithium batteries (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Anji Munnangi
  • “A new concept for advanced large-scale energy storage: secondary batteries with seawater as open self-replenishing cathode”. (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Davide Deganello
  • New-concept rechargeable batteries for large scale energy storage (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Cecile Charbonneau
  • Sodium-ion batteries: new approaches for medium to large scale energy storage (awarded 2020)

    Other supervisor: Prof David Worsley