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Simon Engelke is PhD Student working with Prof Clare Grey (Chemistry) and Dr Michael de Volder (Engineering) on vertically aligned electrode structures. Hereby, he is actively involved in the synthesis of nanoparticles and 2D materials, their assembly and characterization with SEM, AFM, XRD, (Diffusion) NMR and electrochemical measurement techniques. More information about him can be found below. 


University of Cambridge October (2014 - )

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Graphene Technology
Supervisors: Dr Michael de Volder and Prof Clare Grey

Trinity Bradfield Prize 2018
World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting 2018, Global Shaper
WEF Global Future Council on Advanced Energy Technologies 2018, Fellow
STFC Futures Early Career Award 2017
Global Young Scientists Summit (GYSS) 2016
CUE Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

Maastricht University September (2011 - July 2014)

Bachelor in physics and chemistry, Honours programme
Semester abroad at University of California Berkeley, Materials Science and Engineering
Masterclass in nanotechnology and nanomaterials
Scholarship by German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung)
Overall grade: 8.4, Cum laude


University of Cambridge (February 2017 - )
Course Coordinator and Teaching Assistant

”Applications of Graphene for Energy Storage” module for the MRes in Graphene Technology
Coordinated curriculum, gave three lectures (between 30-60min), conducted practical sessions (120-150min) accompanying each lecture and prepared handouts. Previously, Teaching Assistant in 2017.

University of Cambridge (November 2014 - August 2015)
Project Student

Prof Clare Grey Group, Chemistry and Dr Michael de Volder Group, Engineering Department
Worked on a flexible battery (Grey) and oxidized graphene surfactants (Volder)

Google (May - August 2014)
Google Summer of Code Participant

Academic project in collaboration with Berkeley Lab and MIT
Scientific search engine for solid-state syntheses. Data extraction with python and NLP and search with Meteor.JS and MongoDB

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (January - April 2014)
Research Assistant

Dr Kristin Persson Group, Materials Project,
In charge of a project to extract experimental data out of journal publications in collaboration with Prof Gerbrand Ceder, MIT

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (September - December 2013)
Student Assistant

Dr Marca Doe Group, Materials Sciences Division
Synthesised a new anode material for sodium-ion batteries and computed voltage profile in collaboration with Prof Marc Asta Group, UC Berkeley

Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (June - July 2013)
Panel speaker and writer Lindau Nobel Online Community

Spoke in a panel with Sir Harold Kroto, Brian Kobilka, Ada Yonath and Beatrice Lugger on "Why Communicate?" and wrote for


Programming Python, CASTEP, MongoDB, LaTeX
Languages German (native), English (TOEFL: 111)


Self-Assembly of Hybrid Nanorods for Enhanced Volumetric Performance of Nanoparticles in Li-Ion Batteries
M. H. Modarres; S. Engelke; C. Jo; D. Seveno; M. De Volder, Nano Lett., 2019, 19, 228–234. DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.8b03741

Carbon nanotube conductive additives for improved electrical and mechanical properties of flexible battery electrodes
S. Jessl; D. Beesley; S. Engelke; C. J. Valentine; J. C. Stallard; N. Fleck; S. Ahmad; M. T. Cole; M. De Volder, Mater. Sci. Eng. A, 2018, 735, 269–274. DOI: 10.1016/j.msea.2018.08.033

Experimental and Computational Investigation of Lepidocrocite Anodes for Sodium-Ion Batteries
Markus, I.; Engelke, S.; Shirpour, M.; Asta, M; Doeff, M. Chem. Mater (2016) DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b01074

Selected Publications 

Three dimensional Pulsed Field Gradient NMR measurements of self-diffusion in anisotropic materials for energy storage applications
S Engelke, LE Marbella, NM Trease, M De Volder, CP Grey – Phys Chem Chem Phys (2019) 21, 4538

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