Dr Kate Nixon graduated from Flinders University (Australia) with a B.Tech (Forensic and Analytical Chemistry) and B.Sc (Honours) before undertaking her PhD in Electron Momentum Spectroscopy. She has been a researcher within the Photon Science Institute at the University of Manchester as a Royal Society Newton Fellow and Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow and at the Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (Brazil). Dr Nixon spent 4 years at the University of Wolverhampton as a lecturer in physical chemistry beefore joining the Open University.
Dr Nixon’s research focuses on electron collisions with atoms and molecules. Applications of this research include aiding understanding of cancer treatments by radiotherapy and optimising the yield of second generation biofuels.