Professor Erwin Reisner received his education and professional training at the University of Vienna (PhD in 2005 and Habilitation in 2010), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (postdoc from 2005-2007) and the University of Oxford (postdoc from 2008-2009). After a brief stint as an EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellow at The University of Manchester, he joined the University of Cambridge as a University Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and as a Fellow of St. John’s College in 2010. He was appointed to Reader in 2015 and to his current position of Professor of Energy and Sustainability in 2017.
He has been directing the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Sustainable SynGas Chemistry from 2012-2019 and the UK Solar Fuels Network, which coordinates the national activities in artificial photosynthesis, from 2017-2021. He currently holds an ERC Consolidator and Proof-of-concept Grant on enzyme-hybrid materials for solar fuel synthesis and is the academic lead of the Cambridge Circular Plastics Centre (CirPlas). He is also a co-director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Integrated Functional Nano (nanoCDT) in Cambridge and a member of the European research consortia solar2chem and Sofia. His laboratory explores the interface of chemical biology, synthetic chemistry, materials science, and engineering relevant to the development of solar-driven processes for the sustainable synthesis of fuels and chemicals from waste streams such as lignocellulosic biomass and plastics, water and components in air such as carbon dioxide and nitrogen.