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Prof Katherine Holt
Christopher Ingold Building (Chemistry)
20 Gordon St
Tel: 0207 679 4670
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  • Professor of Physical Chemistry
  • Dept of Chemistry
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

My undergraduate MChem degree (1999) is from the University of Oxford. I stayed at Oxford to study for my DPhil (awarded 2003) under the supervision of Prof John S Foord on the topic of boron-doped diamond electrodes. I then spent 2 years as a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Prof Allen Bard at the University of Texas at Austin. I returned to the UK in 2004 to take up a Ramsay Fellowship at UCL, which was followed by a 5 year EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship. I've been at UCL ever since being promoted to Reader and then Professor in 2018. 

Research Summary

My research is focused on different aspects of electrochemical and interfacial science. I have active projects in electrocatalysis (reduction of carbon dioxide, hydrogen generation); properties and characterisation of electrolytes (using in situ IR spectroelectrochemistry); properties and applications of carbon electrodes (diamond, carbon nanomaterials) and electrosynthesis. 

Teaching Summary

I am currently Vice-Dean Education for the MAPS faculty. 

I held the role of Director of Studies / Chair of the Teaching Committee for 4 years from 2014-18. Prior to that I was Teaching Coordinator for the Physical Chemistry Section for 3 years. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

I lecture on Electron Transfer (Electrochemistry) in the Year 3 Advanced Physical Chemistry module (CHEM0037) and Statistical Mechanics in the Year 2 Physical Chemistry module (CHEM0019). 

I am module organiser for CHEM0025/6 Instrumental 1 Labs (Year 3) and also demonstrate and assess the Electrochemistry practical for those modules. 

I teach data analysis/errors to Year 1 students on the Chemical Skills module (CHEM0006). 

01-NOV-2006 – 31-OCT-2011 EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow Chemistry UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2017   ATQ04 - Recognised by the HEA as a Senior Fellow University College London
2003   Doctor of Philosophy University of Oxford
1999   Master of Chemistry (Honours) University of Oxford
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