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Siân Dutton is a Reader in Physics and Solid State Chemistry at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. Her research is focused on exploring the properties of complex oxides for energy applications including batteries and solid state magnetic cooling. Prior to taking up the fellowship in 2012, Siân was a postdoctoral research associate in the group of Prof. Bob Cava in Princeton University where she worked on geometrically frustrated magnetic systems. Siân completed her DPhil., ‘Synthesis and characterisation of mixed-metal oxides’ under the supervision of Prof. Peter Battle, University of Oxford in 2009.


Siân’s research is on the use of complex oxides in energy applications including batteries, solid state magnetic cooling and photovoltaics. Her work focuses on using chemical manipulation to alter the crystal and electronic structure with the aim of controlling the physical properties. Current projects include investigating low temperature metastable materials for use in batteries, exploring the viability of Mg-ion batteries and understanding the role of structure and spin dimensionality in lanthanide oxides and how this impacts their use for magnetic cooling.


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Professor in Physics and Solid State Chemistry
Director, Winton Programme for Physics of Sustainability
Fellow of Jesus College

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