Dr. Donna Arnold was awarded her B.Sc. (Hons) in Chemistry from the University of Hertfordshire in 1997, with a placement year spent conducting research at the University of Toledo (USA) with Dr David Dollimore investigating rare earth oxalates using thermal anlysis techniques. After working in the pharmaceutical industry, Donna completed a M.Sc. in New Materials at the University of Aberdeen (2000) before completing her PhD at the Royal Institution of Great Britain (2004), working on the structure and electronic properties of porous manganese oxides, supervised by Professor Mark Green. She then moved to the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas, Crete to work with Dr Alexandros Lappas on superconducting layered oxides, before undertaking postdoctoral research at University College Cork, Ireland on functional nanomaterials with Professor Michael Morris and Professor Justin Holmes. Donna then returned to the UK for further postdoctoral research at the University of St Andrews, working with Dr Finlay Morrison on novel ferroelectric and multiferroic materials. Donna joined the School of Physical Sciences at the University of Kent as a Lecturer in Forensic Science in 2010 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Chemistry and Forensic Science in 2013.
Donna’s research interests lie broadly in the area of multifunctional oxides. In particular she is interested in understanding the structural, electronic and magnetic behaviour in doped bismuth ferrite materials as well as searching for multiferroic character in new materials. Research within her laboratories centres on materials synthesis and characterisation with an emphasis on understanding structure-property correlations in materials. Ultimately we are looking to design new lead-free materials suitable for electronics applications. More information on our research can be found here.