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We are a dynamic and international research team based in the Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. Our laboratory creates novel ideas and concepts, assembles innovative prototype devices and develops emerging technologies for the solar-powered conversion of waste, water and air into sustainable fuels and chemicals. A long-standing strength of our team is commitment to collaborative and cross-disciplinary science, with chemists, physicists, materials and nano-scientists, chemical biologists, synthetic biologists, engineers and entrepreneurs working together in our laboratory. We currently focus on solar-powered technologies for the upcycling of plastic and biomass waste as well as the valorisation of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide to produce green fuels and chemicals and ultimately enable solar circular chemical industries.

Open Positions
Research Laboratory Technician (Link)
PhD Studentship in Chemistry for Catalytic CO2 Utilisation (Link)
PhD Studentship in Solar Chemical Technologies (Link)
What´s new?

July 2024

Subhajit has won the IUPAC-Solvay prize for young chemists for his PhD thesis (Link). Daniel graduated top of his class and was awarded the "Gordon Wigan Prize for the most outstanding performance in Part III Chemistry".

June 2024

Celine's paper on organic semiconductor-BiVO4 tandem devices published in Adv. Mater. (Link) and highlighted by the Chemical & Engineering News (Link). Sampurna was interviewed at the Supercluster conference (Link). Erwin awarded the Tilden Prize in recognition of our Lab's contributions to the development of solar chemical technologies (Link). Yongpeng receives Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship.

May 2024

Review on dye-microbe interface led by the Jeuken Lab published in Chem. Sci. (Link) Shannon's paper on multi-variable and multi-metric optimisation of photocatalytic micelles published in J. Am. Chem. Soc. (Link)

April 2024

Cu2O PEC paper with Stranks, Graetzel, Hagfeldt, Luo, etc. labs and Virgil's and Lu's contribution published in Nature (Link)

March 2024

Erwin has been appointed to a Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies to enable the lab-to-market transition of solar chemical technologies in our laboratory over the next ten years. (Link) Kim’s paper demonstrating CO2 photoreduction using CD and CotpyNH2 assembly published in Small (Link) Yongpeng's and Carolina's paper on solar hydrogenase-carbon nitride assembly published in Chem. Sci. (Link) Collaborative paper with Driscoll group and Subhajit's contribution on WO3 thin films published in J. Mater. Chem. C (Link) Leonardo receives Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship.

February 2024

Paper introducing operando film EPR to study surface immobilised catalysts in collaboration with Maxie Roessler's team and Sam and Mark's contributions published in Nat. Chem. (Link)

January 2024

Subhajit's and Stuart's solar reforming review published in Nat. Rev. Chem. (Link) We welcome Dr Yuzhou Shao and Dr Chen Han as new postdocs to our group.

December 2023

Find out pictures of our Annual Lab Symposium and Dinner 2023 (here). Chanon started his new position as a Lecturer at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. (to website) Sam will start his new position from Feb/2024 as a Lecturer at University of Manchester, UK. (to website)

November 2023

Sam and Santiago's mini-review on synthetic to biological CO2 reduction approaches published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (Link) Santiago's and Erwin Lam's valorisation of all lignocellulose components coupled to CO2 utilisation through a three-stage process published in Green Chem. (Link) Chanon and Ariffin's paper on solar water splitting coupled to water purification published in Nature Water. (Link) Our research has been mentioned in Rishi Sunak's recent speech on Net Zero: "...the researchers at Cambridge who pioneered a new way to turn sunlight into fuel." (Link)

October 2023

Sampurna, Afreen, Soleh, and Beverly join the group as PhD students, Leonardo as postdoc.

September 2023

Congratulations to Carolina for winning the best poster award at the Femincam Meeting. Congratulations to Ariffin for winning the poster prize at the 8th International Conference on Semiconductor Photochemistry.

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