Dr Nuria Tapia Ruiz


Research Overview

My research interests focus on fundamental chemistry aspects of materials for energy storage, particularly for lithium-ion and sodium-ion battery technologies. By developing a profound understanding of the physical and chemical nature of the materials of study, specific material tailoring can be done to enhance the material electrochemical performance. We make wide use of diffraction and spectroscopic techniques to characterise our materials. This involves regular trips to central facilities outside Lancaster; e.g. Diamond synchrotron and ISIS neutron spallation source @ Oxford and ESRF @ Grenoble (France). Structural characterisation is done in parallel with battery testing, which is performed in state-of-the-art facilities in our brand new Chemistry Department. Our long-term mission is to fabricate a new generation of batteries which will outperform the existing ones to deliver higher energy density, cheaper, safer and longer-lasting.

High voltage structural evolution and enhanced Na-ion diffusion in P2-Na2/3Ni1/3-xMgxMn2/3O2 (0 < x < 0.2) cathodes from diffraction, electrochemical and ab initio studies
Tapia-Ruiz, N., M. Dose, W., Sharma, N., Chen, H., Heath, J., Somerville, J.W., Maitra, U., Islam, M.S., Bruce, P.G. 16/03/2018 In: Energy and Environmental Science.
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Identification and characterisation of high energy density P2-type Na2/3[Ni1/3−y/2Mn2/3−y/2Fey]O2 compounds for Na-ion batteries
Somerville, J.W., House, R.A., Tapia-Ruiz, N., Sobkowiak, A., Ramos, S., Chadwick, A.V., Roberts, M.R., Maitra, U., Bruce, P.G. 26/02/2018 In: Journal of Materials Chemistry.
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Oxygen redox chemistry without excess alkali-metal ions in Na2/3[Mg0.28Mn0.72]O2
Maitra, U., House, R.H., Somerville, J.W., Tapia-Ruiz, N., Lozano, J.G., Guerrini, N., Hao, R., Luo, K., Jing, L. 22/01/2018 In: Nature Chemistry. 10, p. 288-295. 8 p.
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Evidence of enhanced ion transport in Li-rich silicate intercalation materials
Billaud, J., Eames, C., Tapia Ruiz, N., Roberts, M.R., Naylor, A.J., Armstrong, A.R., Islam, M.S., Bruce, P.G. 7/06/2017 In: Advanced Energy Materials. 7, 11, 9 p.
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An X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy Study of Ball-Milled Lithium Tantalate and Lithium Titanate Nanocrystals
Chadwick, A.V., Pickup, D.M., Ramos, S., Cibin, G., Tapia-Ruiz, N., Breuer, S., Wohlmuth, D., Wilkening, M. 16/02/2017 In: IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering. 169, 1, 6 p.
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Anion Redox Chemistry in the Cobalt Free 3d Transition Metal Oxide Intercalation Electrode Li[Li 0.2 Ni 0.2 Mn 0.6 ]O 2
Luo, K., Roberts, M.R., Guerrini, N., Tapia-Ruiz, N., Hao, R., Massel, F., Pickup, D.M., Ramos, S., Liu, Y., Guo, J., Chadwick, A.V., Duda, L.C., Bruce, P.G. 7/09/2016 In: Journal of the American Chemical Society. 138, 35, p. 11211-11218. 8 p.
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High Voltage Mg-Doped Na 0.67 Ni 0.3– x Mg x Mn 0.7 O 2 ( x = 0.05, 0.1) Na-Ion Cathodes with Enhanced Stability and Rate Capability
Singh, G., Tapia-Ruiz, N., Lopez del Amo, J.M., Maitra, U., Somerville, J.W., Armstrong, A.R., Martinez de Ilarduya, J., Rojo, T., Bruce, P.G. 26/07/2016 In: Chemistry of Materials. 28, 14, p. 5087-5094. 8 p.
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Ultra-rapid microwave synthesis of Li3-x-yMxN (M = Co, Ni and Cu) nitridometallates
Tapia-Ruiz, N., Laveda, J., Smith, R., Corr, S., Gregory, D. 1/11/2015 In: Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers. 2, 11, p. 1045-1050. 6 p.
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Rate Dependent Performance Related to Crystal Structure Evolution of Na0.67Mn0.8Mg0.2O2 in a Sodium-Ion Battery
Sharma, N., Tapia-Ruiz, N., Singh, G., Armstrong, A.R., Pramudita, J.C., Brand, H.E.A., Billaud, J., Bruce, P.G., Rojo, T. 27/10/2015 In: Chemistry of Materials. 27, 20, p. 6976-6986. 11 p.
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Modern microwave methods in solid-state inorganic materials chemistry: from fundamentals to manufacturing
J. Kitchen, H., Vallance, S.R., L. Kennedy, J., Tapia-Ruiz, N., Carassiti, L., Harrison, A., Gavin Whittaker, A., D. Drysdale, T., W. Kingman, S., H. Gregory, D. 22/01/2014
Review article

Rapid microwave synthesis, characterization and reactivity of lithium nitride hydride, Li4NH
Tapia-Ruiz, N., Sorbie, N., Vaché, N., Hoang, T.K.A., Gregory, D.H. 21/11/2013 In: Materials. 6, 11, p. 5410-5426. 17 p.
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The chemistry of ternary and higher lithium nitrides
Tapia-Ruiz, N., Segales, M., H. Gregory, D. 07/2013
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Mechanochemical synthesis of tin nanowires for anodes in Li+ ion secondary batteries
Tapia-Ruiz, N., Nithya, C., Jayakrishnan, S., Gopukumar, S., Gregory, D.H. 10/2012 In: Journal of the Chinese Chemical Society. 59, 10, p. 1190-1195. 6 p.
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The challenge of storage in the hydrogen energy cycle: nanostructured hydrides as a potential solution
Hanlon, J.M., Reardon, H., Tapia-Ruiz, N., Gregory, D.H. 20/02/2012
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Sustainable Energy and Fuels (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Materials Today Energy (Journal)
Publication peer-review

SFTC Experimental Design Award
Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Energy Lancaster