Dr Nicole Hondow


In 2015 I commenced as a University Academic Fellow in the area of Materials Characterisation.

Prior to this I completed undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Chemistry at The University of Western Australia. I then moved to the University of Leeds where I undertook postdoctoral research in the electron microscopy of materials relevant to catalysis (with Professor Rik Brydson) and toxicology (with Dr Andy Brown) before being awarded an independent fellowship from the AXA Research Fund. This fellowship permitted two years of research on the project 'Assessing the biomedical risk of engineered nanoparticles: understanding the behaviour of nanoparticles in physiological media and cells'.

Research interests

My research focuses on materials characterisation, specifically in using analytical electron microscopy in the examination and quantification of nanomaterials in complex matrices. Engineered nanomaterials are being exploited in numerous areas including medicine, catalysis, energy and the environment; however, continued use and growth only comes with an understanding of structure property relationships.

I am particularly interested in the action of nanomaterials at the interface with life sciences; this concerns the action of particles with cells (e.g. human, animal) and environmental or biological dispersions. As a result, I am involved in interdisciplinary research spanning analytical science in both the physical and biological disciplines, and one of my primary aims is in the development of electron microscopy approaches for the analysis of nano- and soft- materials.


  • PhD
  • BSc (Hons, 1st class)

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society
  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Student education

I am involved in teaching Materials Characterisation, covering topics such as electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and chemical analysis.

Research groups and institutes

  • Complex Systems and Processes
  • Functional Materials, Products and Devices