Shuchi Vaishnav is a research fellow at The University of Sheffield, UK, working on the development of next-generation sodium-ion battery materials. She holds dual master’s degrees in Nuclear Engineering and Nuclear Physics, which she earned from INSTN, CEA Saclay in France. Following her studies, she worked as a nuclear materials researcher in the Materials & Modeling department of EDF Lab Renardières, France. In 2013, she enrolled at Sheffield Hallam University, UK where she completed her Ph.D. in material science. Her doctoral research focused on the development of high activity waste glasses with enhanced sulphate and chloride solubilities, contributing to the field of nuclear waste management. After obtaining her Ph.D., she continued her research at Sheffield Hallam University as a postdoctoral researcher in the Glass and Ceramics group. Her work encompassed a range of projects centered around glass materials and their applications. She delved into the synthesis and characterization of high-level waste glasses, carbon-rich sodium silicate glasses, and amorphous solid-state electrolytes for lithium-sodium batteries.
Her primary interest has been to establish structure-composition-property relationships in various amorphous and disordered materials for which she uses a range of spectroscopy and diffraction-based techniques, including Raman spectroscopy, solid-state MAS Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), and neutron diffraction. She has co-authored eight papers in various scientific journals which have significantly contributed to the field of non-crystalline materials.
Her current focus on developing disordered and poly-crystalline electrodes for batteries demonstrates her dedication to exploring sustainable and efficient energy storage solutions. As a dedicated researcher, she remains committed to advancing the potential of novel glass and ceramic compositions for energy based applications.