Personal profile


Dr Payne was awarded her MChem in 2007 by the University of Warwick and her PhD in 2011 by Durham University (under the supervision of Dr Ivana Evans).   Following this, she worked as a PDRA in the groups of Dr Ivana Evans (Durham University, 2011-2012), Prof. Matthew Rosseinsky (University of Liverpool, 2012-2014) and Prof. John Irvine (University of St Andrews, 2014-2018).  In January 2019 Dr Payne took up a position as an independent Research Fellow in Energy Materials in the School of Chemistry at the University of St Andrews.  Dr Payne’s research spans a broad range of energy materials and she is particularly interested in using in-situ and operando techniques to link structure with properties. 

Research overview

Reducing the world’s reliance on fossil fuels is one of the greatest challenges facing society today.  In order to meet future energy demands, new materials are required for energy storage and conversion.   Our research spans a wide range of energy materials and we are currently interested in the synthesis of new materials for batteries and photovoltaics.  Work in our group focuses on the synthesis, characterisation and properties of energy materials.  We are particularly interested in understanding how the structure of materials changes during device operation (e.g. charging/discharging a battery).   To do this, we regularly carry out experiments at the UK synchrotron (Diamond Light Source) or the UK neutron facility (ISIS Neutron and Muon Source) in Oxfordshire.   We use a variety of techniques to probe energy materials, including powder diffraction (X-ray and neutron), single crystal diffraction and X-ray Absorption spectroscopy.    


For more information see the JLP group website.

Teaching activity

Julia contributes to teaching by lecturing in CH1402 Inorganic and Physical Chemistry 1 (6 lectures).  Julia also takes tutorials in CH1401 Introductory Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, CH1402 Inorganic and Physical Chemistry 1 and CH4461/5461 Intergrating Chemistry.  In addition Julia offers projects for the CH3441 Mini-project and acts as an academic monitor for external placements in CH4441.

Profile Keywords

solid state electrolytes; organic-inorganic metal halides (‘hybrid perovskites’) for photovoltaics; in-situ and operando studies

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy


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