Portrait of Dr Lisa Gillie Dr Lisa Gillie

l.j.gillie@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472578


Lisa graduated from the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry with French, which included a placement year in a research laboratory at Bordeaux University, France. This was followed by a PhD under the supervision of Prof. Colin Greaves at Birmingham with a thesis entitled "Structural and Magnetic Characterisation of Manganese containing Perovskite-related Materials" (2002).

She then carried out postdoctoral research at Caen University in France and then returned to the U.K to the Department of Engineering Materials at Sheffield University in 2004. In October 2005, she took up a position as a Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield, where she is involved mainly in the teaching of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry.

Lisa's research interests lie in Solid-state Inorganic Chemistry and Crystallography, principally involving the study of transition-metal oxides derived from the Perovskite structure.

Research and Scholarship

Member of: Materials Chemistry Research Centre and Supramolecular and Structural Chemistry Research Group

Modern technologies, such as mobile phones and computers, require ceramic components with interesting electrical and magnetic properties in order to function. As devices become smaller, it is essential to find new compositions and crystal structures which offer improved performance. The discovery of new materials is therefore essential for this continuous development. Ceramics, often based on mixed transition metal oxides, have proven to be a rich source of materials for many applications, exhibiting properties such as ferroelectricity, superconductivity, and magnetoresistance, to name but a few. In particular, crystal structures derived from the mineral Perovskite (CaTiO3 / ABO3) are used in a diverse array of applications, ranging from cathodes in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) to ceramic resonators in microwave communication devices.

The perovskite structure shows great compositional flexibility, due to its ability to distort to accommodate different sized ions within its framework. Consequently a wide variety of related crystal structures have been reported, varying in both composition and dimensionality.

Structure and properties are strongly correlated and often a very minor distortion of the crystal structure, or displacement of an ion, can lead to a significant variation in the physical properties observed. Therefore in order to synthesise new functional materials with optimised properties, it is important to have a thorough understanding of the crystal structure on an atomic level. Research in the Gillie group focuses on the synthesis and structural characterisation of functional metal oxide materials, and the evolution of crystal structure of layered perovskites as a function of composition and temperature. This is achieved primarily using high resolution diffraction techniques and Rietveld structural refinement.

Current projects are underway in the following areas:

  • The development of microwave techniques for physical property measurement in ceramic, glass-ceramic and glassy materials (in collaboration with Dr. Gareth M.B. Parkes)
  • Cation-ordering in new ferroelectric materials with the Aurivillius structure
  • Structure-property-composition relations in B-site deficient hexagonal perovskites

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Ward, A., Walton, K., Box, K., �stergaard, J., Gillie, L., Conway, B. and Asare-Addo, K. (2017) ‘Variable-focus microscopy and UV surface dissolution imaging as complementary techniques in intrinsic dissolution rate determinationInternational Journal of Pharmaceutics , 530 (1-2), pp. 139-144. ISSN 03785173


Rout, S., Radford, J., Laws, A., Sweeney, F., Elmekawy, A., Gillie, L. and Humphreys, P. (2014) ‘Biodegradation of the Alkaline Cellulose Degradation Products Generated during Radioactive Waste Disposal.PLoS ONE , 9 (9), p. e107433. ISSN 1932-6203


Aiken, S., Gabbutt, C., Gillie, L., Heywood, J., Jacquemin, D., Rice, C. and Heron, B. (2013) ‘The Remarkable Hyperchromicity of Ketohydrazone Dyes and Pigment Lakes Derived from 4-Morpholino-2-naphtholEuropean Journal of Organic Chemistry , 2013 (36), pp. 8097-8107. ISSN 1434-193X

Sullivan, E., Gillie, L., Hadermann, J. and Greaves, C. (2013) ‘Fluorine Intercalation in the n = 1 and n = 2 Layered Manganites Sr2MnO3.5+x and Sr3Mn2O6Materials Research Bulletin . ISSN 0025-5408


Tsang, M., Pridmore, N., Gillie, L., Chou, Y., Brydson, R. and Douthwaite, R. (2012) ‘Enhanced Photocatalytic Hydrogen Generation Using Polymorphic Macroporous TaONAdvanced Materials , 24 (25), pp. 3406-3409. ISSN 0935-9648


Gillie, L., de Souza, S., Sheptyakov, D., Reeves-McLaren, N., Pasero, D. and West, A. (2010) ‘Synthesis, structural characterization and Li+ ion conductivity of a new vanado-molybdate phase, LiMg3VMo2O12Journal of Solid State Chemistry , 183 (11), pp. 2589-2597. ISSN 00224596


Bullock, S., Gillie, L., Harding, L., Rice, C., Riis-Johannessen, T. and Whitehead, M. (2009) ‘Isomeric pyridyl-thiazole donor units for metal ion recognition in bi- and tri-metallic helicatesChemical Communications , 2009 (32), pp. 4856-4858. ISSN 1359-7345

Rawal, R., McQueen, A., Gillie, L., Hyatt, N., McCabe, E., Samara, K., Alford, N., Feteira, A., Reaney, I. and Sinclair, D. (2009) ‘Influence of octahedral tilting on the microwave dielectric properties of A[sub 3]LaNb[sub 3]O[sub 12] hexagonal perovskites (A=Ba, Sr)Applied Physics Letters , 94 (19), p. 192904. ISSN 00036951


Gillie, L., Hadermann, J., Hervieu, M., Maignan, A. and Martin, C. (2008) ‘Oxygen Vacancy Ordering in the Double-layered Ruddlesden?Popper Cobaltite Sm2BaCo2O7??Chemistry of Materials , 20 (19), pp. 6231-6237. ISSN 0897-4756


Pasero, D., Reeves, N., Gillie, L. and West, A. (2007) ‘Variable oxygen stoichiometry in layered rock salt cathodes, Lix(Mn,Ni)O2, depending on synthesis conditionsJournal of Power Sources , 174 (2), pp. 1078-1081. ISSN 03787753

Feteira, A., Gillie, L., Elsebrock, R. and Sinclair, D. (2007) ‘Crystal structure and dielectric properties of LaYbO3 ceramicsJournal of the American Ceramic Society , 90 (5), pp. 1475-1482. ISSN 0002-7820

Pasero, D., Reeves, N., Gillie, L., Pralong, V. and West, A. (2007) ‘Oxygen stoichiometry-structure-property correlations in Li2/3[Mn2/3Ni1/3]O2?? with O3 structureJournal of the Electrochemical Society , 154 (8), p. A760-A769. ISSN 0013-4651


Zheng, H., Woodward, D., Gillie, L. and Reaney, I. (2006) ‘Structure and microwave dielectric properties of BaLa4Ti4O15Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter , 18, pp. 7051-7062. ISSN 0953-8984

Hogben, T., Douthwaite, R., Gillie, L. and Whitwood, A. (2006) ‘Synthesis of a neutral metal-organic network solid [(MeIm) Ni(BDC)] (where MeIm = methylimidazole and BDC = 1,4-benzenedicarboxylate) in an ionic liquid solvent 1-methyl-3-propylimidazolium bromideCrystEngComm , 8 (12), pp. 866-868. ISSN 1466-8033

Hadermann, J., Abakumov, A., Gillie, L., Martin, C., Kockelmann, W. and Hervieu, M. (2006) ‘Coupled cation and charge ordering in the CaMn3O6 tunnel structureChemistry of Materials , 18 (23), pp. 5530-5536. ISSN 0897-4756


Cantrell, D., Gillie, L., Lee, A. and Wilson, K. (2005) ‘Structure-reactivity correlations in MgAl hydrotalcite catalysts for biodiesel synthesisApplied Catalysis A General , 287 (2), pp. 183-190. ISSN 0926-860X

Brooks, D., Douthwaite, R. and Gillie, L. (2005) ‘Plasma-promoted dielectric heating in the microwave synthesis of spinelsChemical Communications (38), pp. 4857-4859. ISSN 1359-7345

Pasero, D., Gillie, L. and West, A. (2005) ‘Lithium (De)Intercalation Capacity of Li[sub 1.93]Mn[sub 0.97]Ni[sub 0.10]O[sub 3??]Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters , 8 (8), p. A392-A395. ISSN 1099-0062


Gillie, L., Hadermann, J., P�rez, O., Martin, C., Hervieu, M. and Suard, E. (2004) ‘SrMn3O6: an incommensurate modulated tunnel structureJournal of Solid State Chemistry , 177 (10), pp. 3383-3391. ISSN 00224596

Gillie, L., Palmer, H., Wright, A., Hadermann, J., Van Tendeloo, G. and Greaves, C. (2004) ‘Crystallographic and magnetic structures of Y0.8Sr2.2Mn2GaO8??: a new vacancy-ordered perovskite structureJournal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids , 65 (1), pp. 87-93. ISSN 00223697


Gillie, L., Wright, A., Hadermann, J., Van Tendeloo, G. and Greaves, C. (2003) ‘Synthesis and characterization of the reduced double-layer manganite Sr3Mn2O6+xJournal of Solid State Chemistry , 175 (2), pp. 188-196. ISSN 00224596


Gillie, L., Wright, A., Hadermann, J., Van Tendeloo, G. and Greaves, C. (2002) ‘Synthesis and Characterization of the Reduced Single-Layer Manganite Sr2MnO3.5+xJournal of Solid State Chemistry , 167 (1), pp. 145-151. ISSN 00224596

Aikens, L., Gillie, L., Li, R. and Greaves, C. (2002) ‘Staged fluorine insertion into manganese oxides with Ruddlesden–Popper structures: LaSrMnO4F and La1.2Sr1.8Mn2O7FJournal of Materials Chemistry , 12 (2), pp. 264-267. ISSN 09599428


Greaves, C., Kissick, J., Francesconi, M., Aikens, L. and Gillie, L. (1999) ‘Synthetic strategies for new inorganic oxide fluorides and oxide sulfatesJournal of Materials Chemistry , 9 (1), pp. 111-116. ISSN 09599428

Research Degree Supervision

  • The development of microwave techniques for physical property measurement in ceramic, glass-ceramic and glassy materials (in collaboration with Dr. Gareth M.B. Parkes)
  • Cation-ordering in new ferroelectric materials with the Aurivillius structure
  • Structure-property-composition relations in B-site deficient hexagonal perovskites