Charlie Kirchner-Burles


PhD Researcher


Armed with a steady hand and an Ipod full of New Order and Oasis, Charlie endeavoured on a 4 year Masters course at the University of Manchester. He was also lucky enough to go on a year abroad to the tropical paradise of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign but cornfields can only do so much to satisfy ones itch for adventure. After a bit too much time in California, he was forced by the American government to return home to the UK to finish his Masters in the catalytic evaluation of metallic-organic frameworks. A bar job and a failed post-uni South Asian tour later, he decided to give a hand in researching how to make batteries blow up less – or at least in a less explosive manner. Besides this, you can often find him tending to the garden, kicking a ball or roaming Verdansk.


Charlie embarked on his degree in Chemistry (MSci) at the University of Manchester in 2015. In 2018 he started a Masters project on the catalytic potential of metallic-organic frameworks. Utilising various instrumental characterisation techniques, such as powder X-ray diffraction, gas chromatography, BET, etc., he synthesised a Cu-based paddle-wheel MOF and tested its efficacy in catalysing benzylic oxidations. Graduating with a first-class honours degree, he joined the EIL as a PhD student in October 2020.

Charlie’s research centres on the quality and safety assessment of advanced batteries, with his investigations encompassing ultra-high-speed imaging in tandem with correlative thermal, calorimetric and acoustic spectroscopy. This work aims to leverage both laboratory and synchrotron imaging tools to provide comprehensive understanding of thermal runaway processes for a range of failure scenarios.