Matthew Sadd

Researcher, Materials Physics, Department of Physics

I have recently defended my doctorate thesis titled 'Operando Investigations of Materials and Processes in Next Generation Batteries', with Professor Ram Seshadri from the University of California, Santa Barbara, acting as the defence opponent.

Over the course of my doctoral studies I have worked with a wide variety of battery chemsitries and technologies, from Li-ion, to solid-state, to Na-ion, Li-S, Li-metal (the later three are explored in my thesis).

Currently, I am working on operando methodologies to investigate the complex electrochemical mechanisms that are an integral part of a battery's operation, under the supervision of Professor Aleksandar Matic. I have a keen interest in exploring ways of analysing these mechanisms, from uisng synchrotron x-ray techniques to lab based optical techniques, with an aim to leverage the complex mechanisms to see the successful implementation of these battery technologies.

Prior to joining the division of Materials Physics at the Department of Physics, I attained a Master of Chemistry from the University of Southampton, where I worked on the modification of electrode surfaces with functional groups, and in situ investigation of polysulfide speciation in Li-S batteries.
​Lab Assistant TIF295 - Teaching students how to use Raman Spectroscopy to analysis various materials.

Lab Assistant TIF350 - Teaching students the basics of battery operation and how to assemble a battery.

Lab Assistant EEN016 - Teaching students the basics of battery operation and how to assemble a battery, and how to analyse battery cycling data.
A copy of the doctorate thesis and published texts can be found at:

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