Robert Weatherup is Associate Professor in the Department of Materials, where he leads a group of 15 postdoctoral researchers and DPhil students working on materials for energy storage and conversion. His research aims to understand the reactions occurring at the interfaces between these materials and their operating environment in areas including Li-ion batteries, electrochemical hydrogen production, and carbon dioxide conversion.
Robert gained his PhD from the University of Cambridge (2013) working with Professor Stephan Hofmann. He then held a research fellowship at St John’s College, Cambridge (2013–2017), spending two years as a Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellow at Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory (2015–2017). After a brief return to Professor Dame Clare Grey’s group in Cambridge, he started his research group as a Diamond-Manchester fellow (2018–2019) based at Diamond Light Source and took up his current position at Oxford in October 2019.
He is a CAMS-UK Fellow, a Visiting Scientist at Diamond Light Source, and the Research Area Lead for Electrochemical Systems within the Royce Institute, the UK’s national institute for advanced materials research and innovation. He currently holds an ERC starting grant and UKRI future leaders fellowship, through which he is developing new methods to probe electrochemical and catalytic interfaces in action using X-ray techniques.