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Dr Phoebe Allan

I am a Junior Research Fellow at Gonville and Caius College and a Oppenheimer Research Fellow in the School of Physical Sciences.  I work with the group of Professor Clare Grey in the Department of Chemistry.  

My research focuses on understanding charging processes in electrochemical systems such as sodium-ion batteries and electric double-layer capacitors (also known as supercapacitors) using techniques such as X-ray powder diffraction, pair distribution function analysis, solid-state NMR and X-ray adsorption spectroscopy.  I am particularly interested in the role that local-structure plays in determining the physical properties of both the electrode materials themselves, and the interactions between the electrolyte and the electrode surface.  

Publications

Investigating Sodium Storage Mechanisms in Tin Anodes: A Combined Pair Distribution Function Analysis, Density Functional Theory, and Solid-State NMR Approach.
JM Stratford, M Mayo, PK Allan, O Pecher, OJ Borkiewicz, KM Wiaderek, KW Chapman, CJ Pickard, AJ Morris, CP Grey
– Journal of the American Chemical Society
(2017)
139,
7273
Mechanistic insights into sodium storage in hard carbon anodes using local structure probes.
JM Stratford, PK Allan, O Pecher, PA Chater, CP Grey
– Chemical communications (Cambridge, England)
(2016)
52,
12430
A radially accessible tubular in situ X-ray cell for spatially resolved operando scattering and spectroscopic studies of electrochemical energy storage devices
H Liu, PK Allan, OJ Borkiewicz, C Kurtz, CP Grey, KW Chapman, PJ Chupas
– Journal of Applied Crystallography
(2016)
49,
1665
In situ studies of materials for high temperature CO 2 capture and storage
MT Dunstan, SA Maugeri, W Liu, MG Tucker, OO Taiwo, B Gonzalez, PK Allan, MW Gaultois, PR Shearing, DA Keen, AE Phillips, MT Dove, SA Scott, JS Dennis, CP Grey
– Faraday Discussions
(2016)
192,
217
Tracking Sodium-Antimonide Phase Transformations in Sodium-Ion Anodes: Insights from Operando Pair Distribution Function Analysis and Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy
PK Allan, JM Griffin, A Darwiche, OJ Borkiewicz, KM Wiaderek, KW Chapman, AJ Morris, PJ Chupas, L Monconduit, CP Grey
– Journal of the American Chemical Society
(2016)
138,
2352
A Neutron Diffraction Study of the Electrochemical Double Layer Capacitor Electrolyte Tetrapropylammonium Bromide in Acetonitrile.
EK Humphreys, PK Allan, RJL Welbourn, TGA Youngs, AK Soper, CP Grey, SM Clarke
– J Phys Chem B
(2015)
119,
15320
New Insights into the Structure of Nanoporous Carbons from NMR, Raman, and Pair Distribution Function Analysis
AC Forse, C Merlet, PK Allan, EK Humphreys, JM Griffin, M Aslan, M Zeiger, V Presser, Y Gogotsi, CP Grey
– Chemistry of Materials
(2015)
27,
6848
Elucidation of the local and long-range structural changes that occur in germanium anodes in lithium-ion batteries
H Jung, PK Allan, YY Hu, OJ Borkiewicz, XL Wang, WQ Han, LS Du, CJ Pickard, PJ Chupas, KW Chapman, AJ Morris, CP Grey
– Chemistry of Materials
(2015)
27,
1031
Multirate delivery of multiple therapeutic agents from metal-organic frameworks
AC McKinlay, PK Allan, CL Renouf, MJ Duncan, PS Wheatley, SJ Warrender, D Dawson, SE Ashbrook, B Gil, B Marszalek, T Düren, JJ Williams, C Charrier, DK Mercer, SJ Teat, RE Morris
– APL Materials
(2014)
2,
124108
Medical Applications of Solid Nitrosyl Complexes
PK Allan, RE Morris
– NITROSYL COMPLEXES IN INORGANIC CHEMISTRY, BIOCHEMISTRY AND MEDICINE II
(2014)
154,
225
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Research Group

Telephone number

01223 760836

Email address

pka22@cam.ac.uk