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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

SFG Study of the Potential-Dependent Adsorption of the p-Toluenesulfonate Anion at an Activated Carbon/Propylene Carbonate Interface
EK Humphreys, MTL Casford, PK Allan, CP Grey, SM Clarke
– Journal of Physical Chemistry C
(2017)
121,
20567
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<inf>2</inf>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
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Research Group

Telephone number

01223 760836

Email address

pka22@cam.ac.uk