Prof Chris Grovenor

Research interests

Chris Grovenor has interests in the application of advanced analytical techniques to understanding the relationship between chemistry and microstructure and the properties of functional materials.  Current areas of research include:

  • Oxidation and hydriding mechanisms of Zr nuclear fuel cladding alloys (with Rolls Royce, Westinghouse, EPRI, EDF, CNL, Manchester University and Imperial College.
  • Synthesis and characterisation of the new superconducting materials (with Prof. Susannah Speller).  Chris is the Director of the £6.5M Centre for Applied Superconductivity funded by the Oxfordshire LEP and working with local companies and research organisations, and with the Clarendon Laboratory, on industrially relevant problems in applied superconductivity.
  • Leadership of the group using high resolution SIMS analysis to study a variety of industrially relevant problems, including hydrogen (deuterium) pickup mechanisms in zirconium alloys and the mechanisms of degradation of solid state Li-on batteries.
  • The application of thin film science for improving the performance of solid state batteries. 


New Research Projects Available

For details of new research projects available for postgraduate students and post-doctoral research fellows, please refer to the Chris's webpage or contact him ( 



See Chris’ google scholar profile for a list of recent publications.