We are interested in chemical aspects of energy and sustainability, in particular the conversion of solar energy into renewable fuels and value-added chemicals. Thus, electro- and photocatalysis are central to our work at the interface of synthetic chemistry, materials and nano-science, chemical biology and engineering. A central theme is the study and mimicry of natural processes such as plant photosynthesis and enzymes to produce a so-called solar fuel - a sustainable fuel derived from solar energy and an effectively inexhaustible raw material....
A Workshop on 'Biophotoelectrochemical Systems: Solar Energy Conversion and Fundamental Investigations" has been postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19. More details on conference website here (to website).
August 2020Virgil successfully defended his PhD viva. Motiar's paper on selective CO2 reduction using a Cu96In4 alloy in tandem PEC accepted in Energy Environ. Sci. (to paper). Qian's paper on CO2 reducing photocatalyst sheets published in Nat. Energy (to paper). Qian's work on CO2 photocatalyst sheets highlighted in The Times (to article). Stuart joins the group as a postdoc.
July 2020Demetra's photoreforming of biomass with carbon dots accepted in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (to paper). Shafeer started new position at Northumbria University, UK as a Senior Lecturer and Vice Chancellor's Fellow.
June 2020Erwin and Taylor shared our research in Plastic Photoreforming in the recent University of Cambridge film titled "Plastic:the new fantastic?" (to video). Xin and Shafeer's review on semi-biological solar-to-chemical conversion accepted in Chem. Soc. Rev. (to paper). Julien's review on synthetic organic design for solar fuel systems accepted in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (to paper). Will's paper on FDH mechanism accepted in J. Am. Chem. Soc. (to paper).
May 2020Andi successfully defended his PhD viva. Christian's paper on photoreforming in metal salt hydrate solution accepted in Chem. Comm. (to paper). Collaborative work with Andrew Wheatley's group and Andi's contribution on O2 reduction catalysis published in Adv. Func. Mater. (to paper). Taylor's paper on photoreforming of food waste into value-added products accepted in Green Chem. (to paper).
April 2020We are in a temporarily shut down due to COVID-19 until further notice. We have donated all of our lab's PPE to a local hospital to help fight the virus. Demetra's paper on pollutant utilisation for H2 production with cellulose-derived carbon dots accepted in Green Chem. (to paper). Mark's paper on hybrid electrolyser for alcohol oxidation coupled to CO2‐to‐syngas conversion accepted in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (to paper). Julien joined Technical University Munich as a Junior Group Leader. Shafeer will join Northumbria University, UK as a Senior Lecturer and Vice Chancellor's Fellow.
March 2020Mark successfully defended his PhD viva. Erwin Lam joins the group as a postdoctoral fellow, Maartje van Rijn as an Erasmus student and Beth Wilson as an administrator to Reisner Group. Our research on artificial leaf is featured on CGTN Europe (to video).
Febuary 2020Shafeer and Xin's biohybrid electrode is accepted in Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. (to paper). Nina and Nick's paper on EET pathways in Geobacter is accepted in J. Am. Chem. Soc. (to paper).
January 2020Mark's flow photocatalysis for aerobic substrate oxidations is accepted in ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces (to paper). Our research on plastic photoreformation is highlighted in Horizon (to magazine). Virgil receives Junior Research Fellowship at St. John's College. Santiago and Carla receive Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowship. Erwin Lam awarded Swiss SNSF Postdoctoral Fellowship and will join us in March. Stuart Linley receives Canadian NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship and will join us in June. Azim Dharani receives Churchill Scholarship and will join us in October (to news).
December 2019Esther's paper on hydrogenase-PVK tandem PEC cell is accepted in ACS Energy Lett. (to paper). Jenny's PSII PEC review published in Nat. Rev. Chem. (to paper). Our annual Christmas dinner photos are uploaded (to album).
November 2019Arjun's paper on 'Minisci reaction coupled to H2 generation' is accepted in Chem.Comm. (to paper). Andi and Khoa's work on 'Cucurbituril on a Au surface for CO2 reduction.' accepted in ACS Catal. (to paper). Tengfei Li joins as a postdoc.
October 2019Virgil's paper on 'solar PEC syngas production' is accepted in Nat. Mater. (to paper). Kasia and Will's work on 'semi-artificial FHL mimic' accepted in J. Am. Chem. Soc. (to paper). Sam Cobb joins as a postdoc, Subhajit and Rodrigo as PhD students, Rachel Egan as co-supervised MPhil student, and Daniel and Victor as Part III students.
September 2019Xin defended his PhD viva. Charlie’s paper on inverse opal CuCrO2 accepted in ACS Catal. (to paper). Work using Kasia's IO-ITO to study thiosulfate dehydrogenase in collaboration with UEA accepted in J. Biol. Chem. (to paper). Carla Casadevall joins the group as a postdoc. Rodrigo Castro-Ramírez receives CONACYT Cambridge Trust PhD scholarship and will join us in October.
Aug 2019Taylor's paper on 'Photoreforming of Non-Recyclable Plastic Waste over a Carbon Nitride/Nickel Phosphide Catalyst' accepted in J. Am. Chem. Soc. (to paper). Teresa Augustin joined us as a summer intern student working with Shafeer.
July 2019Christian awarded Erwin Schrödinger fellowship. Souvik's paper on CO2 reduction using carbon nitride and a polymeric cobalt phthalocyanine catalyst accepted in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (to paper).
June 2019David Wakerley awarded Lindemann Trust postdoc fellowship for his work at Stanford. Work of Taylor and Julien highlighted in Cam@Cam (to issue). Santiago Rodriguez-Jimenez joins the group as a postdoctoral fellow.
May 2019Nick's paper on "Advancing techniques for investigating the enzyme-electrode interface" published in Acc. Chem. Res. (to paper). Christian Pichler joins the lab as a postdoctoral researcher. Charlie successfully defends his PhD on delafossite CuCrO2 photocathodes. Constantin receives Kurt Hahn Award. EU ITN project on 'solar2chemicals' funded.
Department of Chemistry
University of Cambridge
Lensfield Road, Cambridge
CB2 1EW, UK