Mike Johnson


PhD Researcher


Mike was born in the UK and went to primary and secondary school in Liverpool. Following his A levels in chemistry, maths and physics, he went to the University of Liverpool where he completed an integrated Master’s degree in chemistry. During this time, he participated in a Bachelor’s project involving solid-state synthesis and characterisation of cathode and electrolyte materials. Followed by a Master’s project involving computationally screening properties of electrolyte materials. Thoroughly enjoying both these projects, this led him to pursue further research into energy storage systems.


Mike joined the Electrochemical Innovation Lab in October 2019 to start his PhD in the field of X-ray characterisation of battery systems beyond lithium-ion, in connection with the company, Horiba Mira. These studies will provide information on the atomic scale defects within crystalline and amorphous materials within lithium-sulfur and solid-state batteries, providing insights needed for future battery management systems.

Main research interests:

  • Lithium-ion batteries
  • Solid state batteries
  • Lithium-sulfur batteries
  • Battery management system

Other activities:

In his spare time when not thinking about batteries, Mike enjoys swimming, playing tennis, gaming and taking a nice holiday to a country he’s never been before.

Contact: michael.johnson.19@ucl.ac.uk