Dr Olsson is a Research Fellow in Battery Materials Modelling in the group of Dr Qiong Cai in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, with primary research interest in atomic scale materials design using computaitonal approaches in close collaboration with experimental partners for energy stroage and conversion applications including batteries and fuel cells. She has collaborated widely with colleagues from different disciplines within Surrey and across institutions including UCL, Queen Mary University of London, Imperial College London, Cardiff University, Leeds University, Bath University, CEA Grenoble, Humboldt University Berlin, Western University Australia, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, and Hubei University. She is also a visiting researcher at the School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University London, and at the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London.
Prior to joining Surrey, she obtained her PhD degree in Chemistry (2017) from UCL (UK) on the EPSRC funded project Energy Materials:Computational Solutions, where she predicted, based on a range of sophisticated complementary modelling techniques, a novel cathode material composition for lower temperature solid oxide fuel cells.
Areas of specialism
University roles and responsibilities
- Doctoral College Conference Committee Member
I employ complementary cutting-edge computational modelling techniques to elucidate the atomic scale processes for complex energy materials, currently focusing on disordered carbon anode materials for metal ion batteries. My research aims to bring insights into performance limiting and enhancing mateirals properties through atomic scale modelling (using density functional theory (DFT), molecular dynamics (MD), and ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD)) of a wide range of energy materials such as perovskites, ceramics, nanoporous carbons, graphene, liquid organic solvents, and metal alloys.
Research areas include:
-Carbon and carbon-based electrode materials for batteries
-Novel electrode materials for batteries
-Novel electrode materials for low temperature solid oxide fuel cells
-Amorphous materials for memory applications
Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage
-Mg/Ca/Zn ion batteries
-Lithium Sulphur batteries
-Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
Dr Olsson is a PDRA on this EPSRC ISCF Wave 1 funded project in the Multiscale Materials Modelling Work Package led by her supervisor Dr Qiong Cai. This project is in collaboration with Prof Alan Drew at Queen Mary College London and Prof Magda Titirici at Imperial College London. The project is driven by close collaboration between theory and experiment, with us at Surrey providing computational modelling, ICL material synthesis, and QMUL advanced characterisation, allowing for intelligent materials design of next generation battery materials.