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Gibson Group: Nina Kinney


Nina is from Glasgow in Scotland. She studied at the University of Edinburgh (2015 - 2019) graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Chemical Physics. While at Edinburgh, she worked on a short research project looking at mechanically- and laser-induced nucleation of simple salt solutions, supervised by Dr Andrew Alexander.

Following her graduation, Nina returned to Glasgow to complete an MSc by Research in Chemistry, under the supervision of Prof Klaas Wynne in the Chemical Photonics section. During her time at the University of Glasgow, she studied non-photochemical laser-induced nucleation (NPLIN); primarily investigating the crystallisation of potassium chloride solutions by femtosecond-laser irradiation. Her MSc thesis was titled: 'Investigating Laser Control over Crystal Nucleation'.

In October 2020, she began her PhD based at the University of Warwick to study the heterogenous nucleation of ice by pollen. She is currently investigating differences in ice-nucleating activity of pollen from various plant species; and working towards better identification of the ice-nucleating macromolecules responsible for this activity. Nina’s PhD is supervised by Dr Tom Whale and Prof Matthew Gibson at University of Warwick, and Dr Daniel Ballesteros at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. Her PhD research is funded by NERC as part of the CENTA DTP.

Research Interests

Characterised by her background in chemical physics, Nina enjoys interdisciplinary research, with a keen interest in developing understanding of the physical and chemical mechanisms underlying nucleation phenomena.


1. Eleanor R. Barber, Nina L. H. Kinney, and Andrew J. Alexander. "Pulsed laser-induced nucleation of sodium chlorate at high energy densities." Crystal Growth & Design 19.12 (2019): 7106-7111


CENTA Conference 2021 - University of Birmingham, UK, September 2021 (best short talk winner)

CRYO2021 - Vitual meeting, July 2021 (invited oral presentation)


BSc (Hons) in Chemical Physics, University of Edinburgh (2015 - 2019)

MSc by Research in Chemistry, University of Glasgow (2019 - 2020)

PhD student in Chemistry, University of Warwick (2020 - )