Dr. Katya Moncrieff

Dr. Katya Moncrieff


I graduated with an integrated Masters in Chemistry with French from the University of Heriot-Watt in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2017. 

My MChem project ‘Topochemical Oxidation of Layered Ferrites’ was conducted during my ERASMUS year abroad in Lille, France, under the supervision of Dr. Olivier Mentré and Dr. Houria Kabbour.

On returning to Scotland, my focus turned away from material synthesis and I was awarded the Slater Price Prize for Physical Chemistry.

Following this, I undertook a PhD at her home institution entitled ‘Transient Frequency Modulation Absorption Spectroscopy as a Probe of Gas-Liquid Scattering’ in the Reaction Dynamics group, with Professor Matt Costen and Professor Ken McKendrick as my supervisors.

Given my extensive experience in designing and implementing laser instrumentation for spectroscopic application, I worked as a postdoc for Professor Caroline Dessent at the University of York, with a focus on developing their Laser-Interfaced Mass Spectrometry (LIMS) technique for application to environmentally relevant biological molecules.

Throughout my academic career I have demonstrated personal committment to Equality and Diversity issues. During my PhD I was the joint receiver of an internal Research Culture Grant and co-led a project to support women and non-binary researchers within Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS), providing both PhD students and academic staff with a community allowing for professional and personal growth as well as a safe space to raise issues within the department.

Through this, I became the EPS PhD representative on the Heriot-Watt Athena Swan Steering Committee for 2019-2020.

In my current role as EDI Research Assistant for Panorama DTP, I am using this experience to identify and remove barriers faced by underrepresented groups in the DTP, with a particular focus on studen recruitment and retainment.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>

Professional memberships

  • Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
  • Institute of Physics (IOP)