Dr Rachel C. Evans

Rachel grew up in South Wales. Following undergraduate (MChem) and graduate studies (PhD) in Swansea University, she undertook a short postdoctoral fellowship in the Marie Curie Training network CIPSNAC, spending time in the University of Coimbra, Portugal (Prof. Maria Miguel) and the Université Paris-Sud, France (Prof. Françoise Livolant).  She returned to Portugal in 2008 with an independent FCT postdoctoral fellowship jointly between the University of Coimbra and University of Aveiro. In 2009 she cut this fellowship short to take up a contract lectureship at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She was appointed the Ussher Assistant Professor of Device Fabrication in 2011, elected to Fellowship in 2015 and promoted to Associate Professor in 2016. She moved to the University of Cambridge as a Lecturer in 2017, and was promoted to Reader in Materials Chemistry in 2019. Rachel is also a Fellow and Director of Studies (Materials) at Jesus College, Cambridge.

Awards and Honours

  • ERC Consolidator Grant – 2018
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), 2018
  • Fellow, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM), 2018
  • RSC/SCI Macro Group UK Young Researchers Medal, 2017
  • Dillwyn Medal for STEMM, from the Learned Society of Wales, 2017
  • Featured in Journal of Materials Chemistry Emerging Investigators’ Issue, 2016
  • Featured in ChemComm’s Emerging Investigators’ Issue, 2014
  • Harry Hallam prize for Physical/Inorganic Chemistry, 2008
  • RSC Ronald Belcher Memorial Lectureship, 2007

External Representations

  • Editorial Board of Advanced Photonics Research
  • Scientific Committee, RSC Materials Chemistry Conference (MC15)
  • European Spallation Source – Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (SANS)
  • STFC Life Sciences & Soft Materials Advisory Panel, 2019-2022
  • RSC Photochemistry Interest Group, Chair, 2017-2020
  • RSC Member Networks Committee – Interest Group Representative, 2017-2020.
  • RSC Eastern Regional Steering Group, 2017-2020
  • Editorial Board of Materials Today Chemistry