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" will be held in Cambridge from 22-24 April 2020. More details on conference website here (to website).
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.
April 2019Motiar Rahaman and Florian Dorchies join the group as postdoctoral fellow and visiting Master's student respectively. Jane and Julien's paper on aqueous CO2 with a cobalt bis(terpyridine)-based photocathode published in Nat. Catal. (to paper) and their work with Julian, embedding the catalyst in a polymer matrix, published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (to paper). Subhajit Bhattacharjee awarded HRH The Prince of Wales Commonwealth Scholarship and Trinity Henry Barlow Award and he will join us in October. Taylor receives CSAR Student Award. Andi gives Gamechangers talk (to talk).
March 2019Motiar receives Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowship. Group receives funding from the Leverhulme Trust as part of a collaboration with Tijmen Euser (Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge) on "Optofluidic microreactors for advanced photocatalysis" and Maxie Roessler (Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London) on "Film-electrochemical EPR: a new method to investigate redox-based catalysis". Faraday Discussions on Artificial Photosynthesis, Doppler Symposium and 7th UK Solar Fuels Network meeting took place in Cambridge. Kasia won Chemical Science talk prize at SFN symposium.
Department of Chemistry
University of Cambridge
Lensfield Road, Cambridge
CB2 1EW, UK