Dr Laura Offin, PhD

  • Senior Lecturer in Chemistry
  • Institute of Science and Environment
  • Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas (CNPPA)
  • Science
Dr Laura Offin, PhD

Biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Cumbria and Programme Lead for the BSc Applied Chemistry Top-Up and University Programme Lead for the FdSc Applied Chemistry. I currently teach on and am module leader for several level 6 modules on the BSc Applied Chemistry Top-Up including Advanced Analytical Applications, Chemistry in the Environment- Industry and the Dissertation module.

I completed an undergraduate degree (MChem in Chemistry with Environmental Science) and a PhD (in Chemistry) both at the University of Southampton, where I took part in research projects related to fuel cell catalysis and the removal of arsenic from drinking water. I have also completed teaching qualifications including a PGCE in secondary school science/chemistry teaching and a postgraduate certificate in Learning and Teaching for Higher Education.

I am interested in STEM subjects, their communication and the role they can play in understanding and protecting the environment. This is reflected in my employment history before coming to the University of Cumbria where I have held roles: writing energy efficiency update reports as a housing consultant at BRE; teaching Science and Chemistry at a secondary school in Southampton; as a Scientist/Associate Director of Intellectual Property at Ilika Technologies where I lead on a fuel cell catalyst research and development project and was involved in the protection of new scientific ideas; and managing and running a schools outreach programme for Lancaster University Engineering Department.

Qualifications and memberships

Fellow of HEA (FHEA).

PgC Learning and Teaching for Higher Education, University of Cumbria, 2020.

PGCE INSPIRE Postgraduate Certificate of Education in Secondary Science (Chemistry), Canterbury Christ Church University with Imperial College London, 2009.

PhD: Supervisors: Professor Brian Hayden; Professor Derek Pletcher., Thesis title: Electrocatalysis on Model Titania Supported Platinum., Research areas: Electrochemistry, electrocatalysis, surface science, nanoparticle size effects, catalyst support effects. University of Southampton, 2008.

MChem: 1st Class honours Master of Chemistry with Environmental Science. University of Southampton, 2004.

Publications

Stabilising Oxide Core-Platinum Shell Catalysts for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction, J. C. Davies, B. E. Hayden and L. Offin, Electrochimica Acta, 248, 470-477, (2017).

Metal Alloy Catalysts for Fuel Cell Anodes, B. E. Hayden, J. C. Davies and L. J. Offin, International Patent Application No. WO2014191740 (A1), 2014.

Composite Materials, B. E. Hayden, J. C. Davies and L. J. Offin, International Patent Application No. WO2014111716 (A1), 2014.

Composite Materials, B. E. Hayden, C. Mormiche, J. C. Davies and L. J. Offin, International Patent Application No. WO2014111715 (A1), 2014.

A Mixed Metal Oxide Material of Tin and Titanium, B. E. Hayden, J. C. Davies and L. J. Offin, International Patent Application No. WO2014111714 (A1), 2014.

The Particle Size Dependence of the Oxygen Reduction Reaction for Carbon Supported Platinum and Palladium, J. C. Davies, L. Hannah, C. E. Lee, C. Milhano, C. Mormiche, L. Offin, A. Anastasopoulos and B. E. Hayden, ChemSusChem, 6, 1973-1982, (2013).

The Influence of Support and Particle Size on the Platinum Catalysed Oxygen Reduction Reaction, B. E. Hayden, D Pletcher, J. P. Suchsland and L. J. Williams, Phys.Chem.Chem.Phys, 11, 9141-9148, (2009).

The Influence of Pt Particle Size on the Surface Oxidation of Titania Supported Platinum, B. E. Hayden, D Pletcher, J. P. Suchsland and L. J. Williams, Phys.Chem.Chem.Phys, 11, 1564-1570, (2009).

Science from Scratch: Greenhouse Gases, L. Williams, Imperial College London Reporter, 120, 10, (2009).

Science from Scratch: Fuel Cells, L. Williams, Imperial College London Reporter, 119, 10, (2008).

Energy Use in Homes 2006: A series of reports on domestic energy use in England: Space and Water Heating, L. Williams, Department of Energy and Climate Change, BRE and Energy Saving Trust. Crown Copyright, (2008).

Poster: High-throughput study of Electrocatalysis on Model Titania Supported Platinum, The Southampton Electrochemistry Conference, Southampton, (2007).

Poster: High-throughput study of Electrocatalysis on Model Titania Supported Platinum, 5th Spring Meeting of The International Society of Electrochemistry, Dublin, (2007).

Combinatorial Approach to the Study of Particle Size Effects in Electrocatalysis: Synthesis of Supported Gold Nanoparticles, S. Guerin, B. E. Hayden, D. Pletcher, M. E. Rendall, J. P. Suchsland and L. J. Williams, J. Comb. Chem, 8, 791 - 798, (2006).