School of Physical Sciences


Silvia studied her degree at the University of Salamanca (Spain). She spent the last year of her degree at the University of Bristol as an Erasmus student and stayed there for her PhD (1997-2001), funded by a Marie Curie Research Fellowship and supervised by Dr. G. W. Neilson. She then moved to Grenoble (France) to work at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility as a post-doctoral researcher. In 2004 she returned to the U.K to work as a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Birmingham with Prof. Ted Forgan. In 2008 she became a beamline scientist at Diamond Light Source, where she was part of the scientific team that built, commissioned and operated one of the X-ray spectroscopy instruments at the synchrotron. Silvia joined SPS at Kent in 2013, taking the position of Lecturer in Materials.

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Room 230B, Ingram Building

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Düvel, A. et al. (2017). Is Geometric Frustration-Induced Disorder a Recipe for High Ionic Conductivity? Journal of the American Chemical Society [Online]. Available at:
Luo, K. et al. (2016). Anion Redox Chemistry in the Cobalt Free 3d Transition Metal Oxide Intercalation Electrode Li[Li0.2Ni0.2Mn0.6]O2. Journal of the American Chemical Society [Online] 138:11211-11218. Available at:
Chadwick, A. et al. (2015). X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy and Computer Modelling Study of Nanocrystalline Binary Alkaline Earth Fluorides. IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering [Online] 80:12005. Available at:
Sun, H. et al. (2015). Soft Chemical Control of Superconductivity in Lithium Iron Selenide Hydroxides Li1xFex(OH)Fe1ySe. Inorganic Chemistry [Online] 54:1958-1964. Available at:
Lester, C. et al. (2015). Field-tunable spin-density-wave phases in Sr3Ru2O7. Nature Materials [Online] 14:373-378. Available at:
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Research Interests

My research interests are mainly in the area of strongly correlated electron systems. Within this broad research area, I study the correlation between structural and electronic properties using X-ray, neutron and muon techniques. The complementarity of the different microscopic probes available at large facilities makes them powerful tools from which much can be learnt. Some specific examples of areas in which I am actively working at the moment are: the properties of the Ruddlesden-Popper series of rhuthenate materials, iron pnictides and oxychalcogenides, the competition between ordered states at interfaces and the local structure of new functional materials by XAS. back to top


Convenor for:

  • PH700: “Physics Research Project”
  • CH532: “Spectroscopy and Bonding”

In addition, I teach in the following modules:

  • PH301: “Physics”
  • PH504: “Electromagnetism and Optics”
  • PS370: “Skills for Physicists”
  • PS720:”Advanced Forensics Project Laboratory”
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School of Physical Sciences, Ingram Building, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NH

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Last Updated: 28/10/2015