Meera Rhiannon Davidson

Meera Rhiannon Davidson


I am a cross-disciplinary EPSRC funded PhD in Chemical and Process Engineering. I graduated with a 2:1 degree in Chemistry from the University of Glasgow in 2019, having also studied Life Science modules till 2nd year and Mathematics in 1st year.  I then came to the University of Leeds to study the Masters in Materials Science and Engineering where I graduated with a Distinction in 2020. This enabled me to use my knowledge of inorganic and physical chemistry and apply it to real-world practical problems through critically considering material choice and its associated procedures.

I have studied a wide range of modules involving both individual and group work such as Materials Structures and Characterisation, Ceramics, Polymer and Composites and Team Design Project.   I also did my Research Project module under the supervision of Dr Girish Kale where I undertook a Critical Literature Review on the Selection of Anode Materials for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells. I will be building on this project during my PhD supervised by Professor Andy Brown, Dr Ali Hassanpour and Professor Andrew Bell  (main supervisors in Chemical and Process Engineering) and Professor Oscar Cespedes (co-supervisor in the School of Physics and Astronomy)  which involves researching and developing Novel Cathode Materials for Intermediate Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells . 

I have also had collaboration  with the University of Manchester for NXCT Free Beamtime in March 2023. 

Research interests

Development of synthesis methods for practical applications taking into account real world constraints

Working in multi disciplinary teams so that equipment and knowledge from different fields (for example Physics, Chemistry, Engineering) gives a better understanding of the material being studied.


  • BSc (Honours) in Chemistry from University of Glasgow (Graduated in June 2019)
  • MSc in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Leeds (Graduated in November 2020)