Gillian obtained her PhD in 2011 under the supervision of Prof Justin Holmes working on the synthesis, characterisation and surface passivation of semiconductor nanowires. Her postdoctoral work in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin, focused on manipulating nanomaterial properties (electrical properties, wetting behavior, and stability) through surface functionalization and developing new synthetic strategies for organic functionalization. of inorganic surfaces.
Gillian is now a senior postdoctoral researcher in the Materials Chemistry and Analysis Group. Her current research focuses on the synthesis of noble metal (Pd, Pt, Ru, Au, Ag,) nanoparticles, alloyed nanoparticles and oxide supported nanostructures for heterogeneous catalytic applications; surface and interface analysis (SEM, TEM, EDX, XPS) of noble metal nanowires and core-shell structures; understanding structure-property relationships in nanomaterials such as such as the influence of size, shape and crystal defects on catalytic activity of noble metal nanoparticles.