Professor Serena Cussen (née Corr) studied Chemistry at Trinity College Dublin, completing her doctoral work with Professor Yurii Gun'ko. She then joined the University of California, Santa Barbara, working with Professor Ram Seshadri as a postdoctoral researcher. After a lectureship at the University of Kent, she moved to the University of Glasgow in 2013 where she became their first woman Professor of Chemistry in 2018. She moved to the University of Sheffield as Chair in Energy Materials and Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, where she became department head, the first woman to do so.
Serena is the recipient of an RSC Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship (2017) and an ISIS Science Impact Award (2021). Her research focuses on the design and application of energy materials. She leads the UK’s Faraday Institution FutureCat consortium, discovering new, and scaling up, next-generation cathodes for Li-ion batteries. She is deeply committed to career sustainability, early career mentoring, the promotion of women in STEM, and public outreach, including delivering Royal Institution lectures on battery materials. She sits on the Faraday Institution Expert Panel, the EPSRC Materials Working Group, and the RSC’s Materials Chemistry Community Council. She is married to Eddie and they are parents to two boys.