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    • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

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    Personal profile


    Dr Stephen David Worrall MRSC was appointed as a Lecturer in Chemistry, based in the Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry department of School of Engineering and Applied Science, in August 2019. 

    Prior to joining Aston University his research career had been based at the University of Manchester. Starting with an MChem in Chemistry under the supervision of Dr Andrew Horn in 2012 he then completed a PhD in Nanoscience in 2016 under the joint supervision of Professor Robert Dryfe and Dr Martin Attfield. This was followed by two post doctoral research positions. The first was in Atmospheric Chemistry, working for Professor Carl Percival and Professor Hugh Coe, as part of the APHH Beijing project. The second was in 2D material nanocomposites, working for Professor Sarah Haigh and Dr Steve Edmondson, as part of the DISCOVERER project.

    Research Interests

    My primary research interests are focussed upon the interface between metal-organic frameworks (MOF) and electrochemistry.

    1) In situ investigations of the mechanisms of electrochemical MOF coating formation.

    2) Computationally guided synthesis of new MOFs via electrochemical techniques.

    3) Electrochemical applications of MOFs; catalysis, charge storage and data storage.

    I have a supporting interest in developing coatings of two-dimensional materials; both for aerospace applications and for the synthesis of composite coatingss with MOFs for electrochemical applications.

    Additionally I have an ongoing collaboration focussed upon the measurement and interpreation of solid state vapour pressure data towards improving the modelling of aerosols in the atmosphere.


    PhD in Nanoscience, University of Manchester

    MChem 1st class (Hons) in Chemistry with Industrial Experience, University of Manchester


    December 2017 - August 2019 Research Associate in 2D Material Nanocomposites, University of Manchester

    September 2016 - November 2017 Research Associate in Atmospheric Chemistry, University of Manchester

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry

    Teaching Activity

    CH1105 States of Matter

    CH3010 Catalysis

    CH3011 Chemistry Research Project

    CH3117 Literature Research Project

    CE3112 Nanomaterials


    CEAC Retention and Engagement Support Team CREST

    Public Engagement and Recruitment Team PERT

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    Research Output

    • 22 Article
    • 2 Conference contribution
    • 1 Conference article

    Accessible and sustainable Cu(0)-mediated radical polymerisation for the functionalisation of surfaces

    Uttley, O. F., Brummitt, L. A., Worrall, S. D. & Edmondson, S., 21 Jun 2020, In : Polymer Chemistry. 11, 23, p. 3831-3840 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Measured solid state and subcooled liquid vapour pressures of nitroaromatics using Knudsen effusion mass spectrometry

    Shelley, P., Bannan, T. J., Worrall, S. D., Alfarra, M. R., Krieger, U. K., Percival, C. J., Garforth, A. & Topping, D., 17 Jul 2020, In : Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 20, 14, p. 8293–8314 22 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • RF Helicon-based Inductive Plasma Thruster (IPT) Design for an Atmosphere-Breathing Electric Propulsion system (ABEP)

    Romano, F., Chan, Y. A., Herdrich, G., Traub, C., Fasoulas, S., Roberts, P. C. E., Smith, K., Edmondson, S., Haigh, S., Crisp, N. H., Oiko, V. T. A., Worrall, S. D., Livadiotti, S., Huyton, C., Sinpetru, L. A., Straker, A., Becedas, J., Domínguez, R. M., González, D., Cañas, V. & 16 others, Sulliotti-Linner, V., Hanessian, V., Mølgaard, A., Nielsen, J., Bisgaard, M., Garcia-Almiñana, D., Rodriguez-Donaire, S., Sureda, M., Kataria, D., Outlaw, R., Villain, R., Perez, J. S., Conte, A., Belkouchi, B., Schwalber, A. & Heißerer, B., 10 Jul 2020, In : Acta Astronautica. 176, p. 476-483 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Strong anthropogenic control of secondary organic aerosol formation from isoprene in Beijing

    Bryant, D. J., Dixon, W. J., Hopkins, J. R., Dunmore, R. E., Pereira, K. L., Shaw, M., Squires, F. A., Bannan, T. J., Mehra, A., Worrall, S. D., Bacak, A., Coe, H., Percival, C. J., Whalley, L. K., Heard, D. E., Slater, E. J., Ouyang, B., Cui, T., Surratt, J. D., Liu, D. & 8 others, Shi, Z., Harrison, R., Sun, Y., Xu, W., Lewis, A. C., Lee, J. D., Rickard, A. R. & Hamilton, J. F., 30 Jun 2020, In : Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 20, 12, p. 7531-7552 22 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • A large source of atomic chlorine from ClNO2 photolysis at a UK landfill site

    Bannan, T. J., Khan, M. A. H., Breton, M. L., Priestley, M., Worrall, S. D., Bacak, A., Marsden, N., Lowe, D., Pitt, J., Allen, G., Topping, D., Coe, H., McFiggans, G., Shallcross, D. E. & Percival, C. J., 12 Aug 2019, In : Geophysical Research Letters. 46, 14, p. 8508-8516 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access