Project researchers - next destinations

Dr Sam Booth, Project Leader FutureCat 2019-December 2022


Dr Sam Booth, our FutureCat project leader from the project start in 2019 – December 2022. Sam has now moved to Integrated Graphene in Stirling and you can connect with him via LinkedIn.


Ziheng Lupreviously PDRA researcher with FutureCat, now at Microsoft


Dr Ziheng Lu, was a Post Doctoral researcher with Cambridge University FutureCat team, working with Prof Chris Pickard. His research focuses on computational and experimental design of new materials. Ziheng moved to Microsoft Research in February 2022 as a Senior Researcher and you can connect with him here at Microsoft Research.

Harry Geddes, was a PDRA researcher with FutureCat now at Nature CommunicationsDr Harry Geddes was a Post Doctoral researcher with FutureCat, working with Prof Andrew Goodwin from 2019 -2021.  Harry joined Nature Communications in January 2022 as an  Associate Editor and you can connect with him there or on LinkedIn.


Dr Viktoria Falkowski, previously PDRA with FutureCat now with Karlruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)Dr Viktoria Falkowski was a FutureCat PDRA in the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory at Oxford University. She specialised in the synthesis of new layered materials and their characterisation.  In January 2023 Viktoria moved to the laser material processing group at the Karlruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) in Germany. Please connect with Viktoria via LinkedIn.


Dr Glen Murray, was an Industry Fellow working with FutureCat, and is now working for Jaguar Land RoverDr Glen Murray was an industrial research fellow in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Sheffield working in conjunction with TFP Hydrogen Products.  Glen now works for Jaguar Land Rover as Lead Battery Materials Scientist. You can connect with Glen via Jaguar Land Rover or via LinkedIn.


Dr Kirstie McCombie, was a FutureCat PDRA based at Sheffield, now working at WMG.

Dr Kirstie McCombie was a PDRA in the department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield. FutureCat research focused on the synthesis and development of possible cathode materials for lithium ion batteries based on complex metal oxides, including disordered rock salt structures and spinels. In January 2023 Kirstie moved to Warwick Manufacturing Group as a Research Fellow. You can connect with Kirstie via WMG or LinkedIn.


Dr Xiao Hua, previously PDRA with FutureCat, now Lancaster University Lecturer in ChemistryDr Xiao Hua was a FutureCat Postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Sheffield.

His research involves the application of a variety of synchrotron techniques to study novel electrode materials’ local structures and their impact on materials’ performances. In April 2022  Xiao took up a position of Lecturer of Chemistry at Lancaster University, and continues to collaborate with us at FutureCat. You can connect with Xiao via  Lancaster University  or LinkedIn.

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