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Durham University

Department of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Natasha Shirshova

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Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42398
Room number: E332 (Floor 3.5 Christopherson)

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Research Grants

  • 2016 – 2020 (PI) “Beyond structural: multifunctional composites that store electrical energy” (EPSRC: EP/P007546/1) (in collaboration with Imperial College London).
  • 2014 (PI) “Autonomous smart sensors for structural health monitoring of wind turbine blades”, DEI Small grant, Durham University.

Research Interests

  • Functional polymeric materials for energy applications, e.g. separators for batteries, electrolytes for supercapacitors;
  • Porous polymers, synthesis, including emulsion templating, precipitation polymerisation, reaction-induced phase separation, and characterisation;
  • Epoxy based materials, e.g. foams, electrolytes for structural supercapacitors;
  • Fibre/matrix composites, e.g. carbon fibres/epoxy; their manufacturing and characterisation;
  • Use of environmentally friendly and sustainable resources for polymer synthesis/manufacture, e.g. vegetable oils, and processes, e.g. printing, frothing;

Selected Publications

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