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Julie Macpherson

Professor Julie Macpherson

Professor Julie Macpherson

Julie studied for her Ph.D. at The University of Warwick, where her association with electrochemistry began.In 1999 Julie became a Royal Society University Research Fellow and won the "Young Scanned Probe Microscopist Award 1999" a world-wide award of a personal SPM system, made annually by Molecular Imaging, based on the recommendation of a panel of international authorities. In 2007 Julie was promoted to Professor and in 2014 was awarded a Royal Society Industry Fellowship (2014-2018) and a Royal Society Innovation award (2017-2020) for her work on the translation and commercialisation of boron doped diamond electrode technologies.

She was awarded the Charles N. Reilley Young Investigator Award 2003 by the Society of Electroanalytical Chemistry, USA, a global award made annually and was the first winner based outside the USA. In March 2005, she was awarded the Marlow Medal by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). This is an annual prize awarded 'for the most meritorious contributions to physical chemistry or chemical physics' to any person under the age of 34. In 2006 she was chosen to be the first winner of the McBain medal created to 'honour a younger scientist who has made meritorious contribution to colloid and interface science'. This medal is awarded by the joint committees of the colloid groups of the RSC and SCI. In 2020, Julie was awarded the Geoffrey Barker Medal by the RSC Electrochemistry Group for her contribution to the fields of electrochemistry. She is the first female winner since its inception in 1988.

In conjunction with Professor Patrick Unwin the two research groups which comprise the Electrochemistry and Interfaces Group at Warwick were presented with Best Research Group 2002 (annual UK award) by Laboratory News Industry.

Julie has an excellent teaching record, winning the Andrew McCamley Prize for best undergraduate lecturer in the Department of Chemistry five times (academic years 2001, 2003, 2007, 2013 and 2018) and the Warwick University Award for Teaching Excellence (2009). She is also the author of over 220 published papers (google H index = 60 - 2020). Julie was highlighted as a Young Alpha Female, in an article featuring young successful women from all walks of life, in the 21st July 2002 edition of the Sunday Observer Magazine and in December 2005, was awarded the title of Young Researcher of the Year in the Times Higher Awards for her 'groundbreaking' and 'imaginative' research with single-walled carbon nanotubes.