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Functional Inorganic Materials Group

  Welcome to the Bos group pages. We are an experimental solid-state chemistry group with an interest in advanced materials for use in future sustainable technologies.  

Left to right: Jan-Willem Bos, Maryana Asaad, Sonia Barczak and Srinivas Popuri.



  • September 2021 - Fabian Hesse submits his PhD thesis with a few days of funding left, excellent timing and well done!

  • September 2021 - Work with Mike Reece's group at Queen Mary University on high entropy half-Heusler thermoelectrics is accepted into Journal of Alloys and Compounds.

  • September 2021 - Our review of recent advances in half-Heusler thermoelectrics is published in Materials Advances, a new flagship RSC Open Access journal.

  • July 2021 - An atom probe investigation with collaborators from Oxford and Glasgow into the Cu distribution in our high-performance TiNiSn thermoelectrics is accepted in a special issue in Microscopy and Microanalysis.

  • June 2021 - Work with colleauges in chemical engineering investigating the catalytic properties of MgO is accepted into Applied Catalysis A.

  • March 2021 - Our work exploiting synchrotron X-ray diffraction to study the thermal properties of half-Heusler thermoelectrics and a collaborative paper on lattice and magnetic instabilities in CuMnO2 are accepted for publication within days of each other.

  • February 2021 - Jan-Willem's chapter on "Recent developments in half-Heusler thermoelectric materials" is published as part of the Thermoelectric Energy Conversion book, edited by Ryoji Funahashi.

  • January 2021 - Robert Quinn succesfully defends his PhD thesis on the use of semi-empirical modelling to guide the development of half-Heuslers thermoelectrics. Well done Dr Quinn!

  • October 2020 - Futher funding success! The Institute of Chemical Sciences is awarded EPSRC equipment funds to purchase a new X-ray powder diffractometer, bringing significant new capabilities.


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