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Dr Petra Szilágyi

Dr Petra Szilágyi PhD, MSc, MA, MRSC

Dr Petra Szilágyi

Dr Petra A Szilágyi

Senior Lecturer

Department of Pharmaceutical, Chemical & Environmental Sciences

Faculty of Engineering & Science

Positions held

  • Senior Lecturer in Materials Chemistry at University of Greenwich since 2015
  • 2013-2015 University Lecturer at Curtin University, Perth (Australia)
  • 2011-2013 Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Delft University of Technology, Delft (the Netherlands)
  • 2009-2011 Fellow at University of Edinburgh
  • 2009 Project Coordinator at LCC CNRS, Toulouse (France)
  • 2007-2008 Post-Doctoral Research Associate at LCC CNRS


  • Fellow of the Higher Educational Academy
  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry


  • University of Greenwich: Dr Jiayun Pang;
  • In the UK: Dr Matthew Addicoat, Prof Andrew Beale, Dr Jan-Willem Bos, Prof Duncan Gregory, Prof Roy Johnston, Dr David Rogers;
  • In Europe: Dr Andreas Borgschulte, Dr Azzedine Bousseksou, Prof Bernard Dam, Prof Bjørn Hauback, Prof Thomas Heine, Dr Michael Hirscher, Prof Petra de Jongh, Prof Hans Geerlings, Dr Gábor Molnár, Prof Andreas Züttel;
  • World-wide: Dr Hyunjeong Kim, Dr Henrietta Langmi, Dr Mark Paskevicius, Dr Vanessa Peterson, Dr Debbie Silvester-Dean.
  • Lecturer in Physical Chemistry; Further Physical Chemistry; Green Chemistry; Advanced Spectroscopy, Thermodynamics and Quantum Mechanics; Advanced Inorganic Materials Analysis; Basic Chemistry for the Life Science; Colloids and Nanoparticles; Modern Pharmaceutical Technologies and Process Engineering; Introduction to Chemistry.
  • Supervision of PhD students
  • Supervision of research projects
  • PhD examiner

2006 and 2004 - Hevesy Niveau Award for best speaker at the National Nuclear Chemistry Symposia

2016 Media Fellowship of the British Science Association

  • 2017 Guest Editor of the Journal of Alloys and Compounds
  • 2016 Member of the Board of Delegates of the European Materials Research Society
  • 2016 Chair of the European Materials Research Society Fall meeting, Symposium 'O'
  • 2016 Invited speaker at MH2016 (Interlaken, Switzerland)
  • 2016 Invited speaker at Hydrides as Energy Materials (Aarhus, Denmark)
  • 2015 Associate Editor for Frontiers in Energy Research
  • 2012 Reviewer for the Journal  of  the  American  Chemical  Society,  Physical  Chemistry Chemical  Physics,  ChemistrySelect, Journal  of  Physical  Chemistry  C,  Powder Diffraction,  International  Journal  of  Hydrogen  Energy,  Journal  of  Alloys  and Compounds, RSC Advances, etc.
  • 2011 Reviewer for the European Commission, Royal Society, National Research Foundation, Helmholtz Centre, Australian Synchrotron, etc.
  • COST Action MP1103, Nanostructured Materials for Solid-State Hydrogen Storage
  • 2012 Reviewer for the Journal of Physical Chemistry C, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Journal of Alloys and Compounds and RSC Advances
  • 2011 FP7 expert, continuing in the Horizon 2020 framework

I'm interested in the design and engineering of materials for energy conversion and storage, particularly in the application of ultra-small spaces (< 1nm) as hosts and/or templates and how properties of materials change when their dimensions reach this level. Some metal-organic frameworks, an emerging class of organic-inorganic hybrid coordination polymers, offer such spaces as well as a rich chemistry.

At this size range (up to ca. 50 atoms so beyond nanotechnology), some solid-state physical and chemical properties of materials, particularly metals, differ drastically from those of the same materials in bulk size (>10-50 nm). I'm interested in exploring these changes for the conversion of energy and to design potential energy carriers.

I have an active interest in the storage and conversion of gases of energetic importance, such as H2, CH4 and CO2. Main conversion reactions include the elongation of the carbon chain in methane and the reduction of carbon dioxide at mild conditions.

I am also interested in the design and engineering of complex 3D structures based of metal-organic frameworks for drug delivery.

Further information can be seen here: Advanced Functional Hybrid Materials Laboratory

Funded research projects

  • 2017-2019 Royal Society International Exchange "IE161747 - Direct CO2 conversion on geometry and surface-controlled supported nanoclusters" with Prof Petra de Jongh at Utrecht University (the Netherlands)
  • 2016 Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Grant, European Commission
  • 2016 Capital Investment Funding,  University of Greenwich
  • 2015-2017 EPSRC First Grant, "EP/N00938X/1 – Ultra-small metal particles for the storage and conversion of CO2, CH4 and H2"
  • 2015 Small Grant Royal Society
  • 2015 onwards various small bids from the University of Greenwich
  • 2013: Seed funding form Curtin University for the design and electrochemical synthesis of porous metal framework
  • 2013: Travel grant of the European COST programme to study the effect of post-synthetic modification of metal-organic frameworks on their hydrogen-storage properties
  • 2011: Research grant of the Royal Society for the study of the effect of chemical pressure in non-metal hydrides supported on metal-organic frameworks
  • 2009-2011: AXA research fellowship for the synthesis and characterisation of non-metal hydrides under high pressures (Edinburgh University)

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, , , , , , , , , , , , and () . Journal of Physical Chemistry C. American Chemical Society. pp. 19572-19579. ISSN 1932-7447 ISSN 1932-7447

, , , and () . Journal of Materials Chemistry C. Royal Society of Chemistry. pp. 8146-8155. ISSN 2050-7526 ISSN 2050-7526

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