Karen Johnston is a Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry at Durham University. Karen obtained a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics from the University of St Andrews in 2006. She continued in St Andrews and obtained her PhD in Chemistry in 2010. Following her PhD research, she undertook post-doctoral work at the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Karen completed a second post-doctoral position in the Advanced Lithium Storage-European Research Institute (ALISTORE-ERI), a position joint between the Institute des Matériaux Jean Rouxel, Nantes, France and the University of Cambridge.
Her research interests are in materials chemistry, concentrating on the design and structural characterisation of new materials. Her current research aims to combine high-resolution powder diffraction (X-ray and neutron) with multinuclear solid-state NMR and first-principles DFT calculations to study structure in the solid state. She is interested in the characterisation of both ordered and disordered materials. Current areas of interest include high temperature ceramics, e.g., perovskite-based systems. She is also interested in conversion materials for use as negative electrodes in Li- and Na-ion batteries. One area of particular interest is the design, synthesis and characterisation of novel solid electrolyte materials for use in both Li- and Na-ion batteries.