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Not new anymore, but it was...a while news. Now, it's the history of our group.

March 2016. Jesper Jacobsson arrives as a postdoc and Constantin Sahm as an MSc student. Kasia, Micaela and Jamues win second place in the EPSRC photo competition (category 'Equipment') for their picture of electro-deposited TiO2 (also featured on The Guardian's website - here).  The group is featured in a number of videos produced by OMV. More about the life and work of the following members can be found here: David, Georgina & Manuela, Moritz, and Jenny & Ben. Lee's paper on 'PEC H2 generation with immobilised hydrogenase on Si' accepted in Angew. Chem. (to paper). Tim and Chris' paper on 'immobilised Mn catalyst for CO2 reduction' accepted in Angew. Chem. (to paper).

February 2016. Khoa Ly receives a Marie Sklodowska Curie postdoctoral Fellowship and joins the group. Karol Fijałkowski receives Mobility Plus postdoctoral Fellowship from Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education and will join us in autumn. Yi-Hsuan starts as Assistant Professor at National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan. Tim's paper on 'molecular PEC cell' accepted in Chem. Sci. (to paper).

January 2016. Chan Beum Park joins the group as visiting Professor from KAIST, Demetra Achilleos and Dong Nam as postdocs and Mark Bajada as a PhD student. We hosted the Solar Fuels Network meeting in Cambridge and more information can be found here: flyer and article. Katherine wins prize for best talk and Tim the poster prize at this meeting. Bertrand and Julien's paper on 'H2 evolving buckypaper' accepted in Angew. Chem. (to paper).

December 2015. Nick defends his PhD thesis on the 'photophysics of Photosystem II-nanoparticle interfaces' and is on his way to Heidelberg for postdoctoral research. Project on "semi-artificial photosynthesis" funded by an European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator grant - more information - here.

November 2015. Janina's review on 'dye-sensitised photocatalysis' accepted in Chem. Soc. Rev. (to paper). Ben's paper on 'regenerating bi-functional iron electrodes' accepted in Adv. Energy Mater. (to paper).

October 2015. Sarah Karmel and Kristian Dalle join the group as postdoctoral scientists, Xin Fang as PhD student, Jamues Ng as MChem student, Anja Schlosser as Erasmus student, and Thomas Sayer and Willem Zwetsloot as Part III students.  Claire and Christine's review on '[NiFeSe]-hydrogenase chemistry' accepted in Acc. Chem. Res. (to paper). Yi-Hsuan's paper on 'tandem PEC water splitting' accepted in Adv. Energy Mater. (to paper). David wins prize for best presentation and Janina runner-up poster prize at the BP Day in the Department of Chemistry.

September 2015. We hosted 'Christian Doppler Symposium on Solar Fuels' in Cambridge. Pictures can be found - here. Tarek Kandiel joins the group as a postdoctoral visitor.

August 2015.
David P. defends his MSc thesis on 'PEC water splitting devices' and is on his way to Stanford University for PhD studies.

July 2015. Dirk defends his PhD thesis on 'Enzyme-based PEC water splitting'. Katarzyna wins poster prize at 'SFN Early Careers’ Researchers Symposium' in London. Moritz and David's paper on 'switchable formic acid photo-conversion to H2 or CO' accepted in Angew. Chem. (to paper).

June 2015. Yi-Hsuan defends her PhD thesis on 'Nanocomposite Materials for Water Splitting from Single Source Precursor Chemistry'. Xin Fang awarded CSC Cambridge International PhD Scholarship (he will join us in autumn 2015 from Fudan University, China). Jamues Ng awarded Singaporean Ministry of Education MSc scholarship (he will join us in autumn 2015 from Imperial College London). Lee appointed as Vice Chancellor's Research Fellow at University of Wollongong, Australia. Erwin promoted to University Reader. Dirk's paper on 'enzyme-PEC' cell accepted in J. Am. Chem. Soc. (to paper).  Christina and Katherine's paper on 'stripped quantum dots' accepted in special issue of J. Mat. Chem. A (to paper). Christine's paper on an 'enzyme-modified carbon nitride-TiO2 hybrid' accepted in Chem. Sci. (to paper). Chris' review on 'heterogenised CO2 reduction catalysts' accepted in special issue of Chimia (to paper). Group participates in Cambridge i-teams initiative to explore possibilities of employing our technologies in developing countries. Two molecular H2 production catalysts developed in our group are now commercially available via Strem Chemicals (see here for CoP and NiP).

May 2015.
David's perspective on 'O2-tolerant proton reduction catalysis' accepted in Energy Environ. Sci. (to paper). Collaborative paper with the Durrant group and Manuela's contribution on 'understanding pH dependent photocatalysis' accepted in Chem. Sci. (to paper). Our laboratory and work featured in science & technology TV show 'Newton' (ORF 1; to outreach). This documentary was produced by West4Media (to website) and received the Silver award at the 2015 World Media Festival in Hamburg, Germany. This triggered more filming and the filming crew has just returned to our laboratory to produce four short movies about the life of different group members.

April 2015. Isabell Sarah Karmel awarded Blavatnik postdoctoral fellowship (she will join us in autumn 2015 from the Technion, Israel). Charles Creissen joins the group for his nanoDTC midi-project and he will also stay for his PhD. Ben & Georgina's paper on 'carbon-dot photosensitisers in photo-H2 production' accepted in J. Am. Chem. Soc. and highlighted in JACS Spotlights (to paper).

March 2015. Hyun appointed as Senior Research Scientist at Korea Institute of Science & Technology (KIST), Seoul, South Korea. Our exhibition on 'Clean Energy' presented at Cambridge Science Festival (to outreach). Katarzyna receives Cambridge nanoDTC associate studentship.

February 2015. Claire's 'hot' paper on 'synthetic [NiFeSe]-hydrogenase model' accepted in Chem. Eur. J. (to paper) and highlighted as the inside front cover and in Chemistry Views (to highlight). Collaborative 'very important' paper with the groups of Lars Jeuken, Julea Butt and Tadafumi Adschiri on "a decaheme electron conduit" accepted in Adv. Funct. Mater. (to paper). Manuela receives Paul Barbara Fellowship (to information). We team up with artist Marina Velez and present a visual installation of our work during the E-luminate festival in Cambridge (to outreach).

January 2015. Bertrand Reuillard joins the group. Janina's paper on a 'rationally designed Co catalyst for immobilisation' accepted in Chem. Sci. and featured on the front cover (to paper). Erwin discusses group's research during a 'Science Talk' on TV (to outreach).

December 2014. Claire defends her PhD thesis on 'Synthetic models of the active site of [NiFeSe]-hydrogenases'. Chris W's paper on 'photocatalytic CO2 reduction with an immobilised Re catalyst on TiO2' accepted in Chem Eur. J. (to paper). Yi-Hsuan's and Hyun's paper on the 'protection and activation of a silicon photoelectrode for H2 evolution with single-source precursor chemistry' accepted in Chem Eur. J. (to paper).

November 2014.
David's paper on 'O2 and CO inhibition of molecular catalysts' accepted in Chem. Commun. (to paper). Erwin gives presentation at the International Energy Agency's World Energy Outlook 2014 in Vienna (to paper)

October 2014. Micaela Crespo Quesada, Julien Warnan (postdoctoral researchers), Jane Leung, Katarzyna Sokol, Hatice Kasap (PhD students) and David Palm (MPhil student) join the group. Chris' paper on 'reversible electrocatalysis with a Mo-containing formate dehydrogenase' in collaboration with Judy Hirst's group accepted in J. Am. Chem. Soc. (to paper).

September 2014. Group visits OMV oil up- and down-stream facilities in Vienna and Linz (to photos). Hyun's paper on a 'H2 evolving CuO|CuBi2O4 heterojunction photocathode' published in Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. (to paper). Collaborative paper with James Durrant's group on 'distance dependent electron transfer kinetics in semiconductor-catalyst hybrids' published in Chem. Commun. (to paper).

August 2014. Christine's paper on 'photo-H2 generation with hydrogenase and synthetic catalyst modified carbon nitride' accepted in Angew. Chem. (to paper). Chia-Yu's paper on a 'microstructured cobalt sulfide cathode in PEC water splitting' accepted in Chem. Sci. (to paper).

July 2014. Christina defends her MPhil thesis and is on her way to Harvard University for her PhD studies. Ahu's collaborative paper on 'color in nanocrystalline cellulose films' accepted in ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces (to paper)

June 2014. Yi-Hsuan's paper on 'comparison of Photosystem II with semiconductor electrodes' accepted in Faraday Discussions (to paper)

May 2014. Nick wins runner up award for his talk at the BP Day in the Department of Chemistry. Erwin awarded 2014 RSC Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize (link). Collaborative paper with Jeremy Baumberg's group on 'Plasmonic Effect in BiVO4 Photonic Crystals for Water Splitting' accepted in Small (to paper).

April 2014. Fezile defends her PhD thesis on "photocatalytic H2 generation with cobaloximes immobilised on dye-sensitised semiconductors".

March 2014. Austrian delegation including the CEO of OMV Group (Gerhard Roiss), the Austrian Federal Minister of Science, Research and Economy (Reinhold Mitterlehner) and Christoph Dichand (Editor-in-Chief of Kronen Zeitung) visited our laboratory. Three days of filming for a documentary on our work (to Doppler, Pictures & Outreach). 2014 Christian Doppler Lectures in Cambridge (to Doppler). Review on 'photoelectrochemistry of Photosystem II' accepted in Chem. Soc. Rev. (to paper).

February 2014. Masaru appointed as Assistant Professor at Hokkaido University (Japan). Christine accepts offer for Assistant Professorship at the University of New Hampshire (USA), where she will start in Summer 2015. Erwin recipient of 2014 RSC Bioinorganic Group (IBDG) Young Investigator Award (link). Katherine and Ahu receive NanoForum Fellowships. Two-year evaluation of our Christian Doppler Laboratory takes place in Cambridge. Collaborative paper with Jeremy Baumberg's group on 'Inverse opal AZO-BiVO4 hybrid electrodes for solar water oxidation' appears in Energy Environ. Sci.(to paper). Our first outreach video about our research and laboratory appears online (link).

January 2014. David Palm (University of Pittsburgh) awarded Churchill MPhil scholarship (he will join us in October 2014 - link). David W.'s paper on 'Electrochemical Molecular Catalyst Screening' accepted in Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. (to paper). The group receives new lab space for Materials Chemistry. Group joins COST Action TD1102 (PHOTOTECH). Group part of two 10-year Centres for Doctoral Training funded by EPSRC (Functional and Sustainable Nano & Graphene Technology).

December 2013. Manuela's paper on a 'versatile photocatalytic system for H2 generation' accepted in J. Am. Chem. Soc. (to paper). Claire's paper on 'Ni Site Models of [NiFeSe]-hydrogenases' accepted as 'hot paper' in Dalton Trans. ('Europe: New Talents' issue, to paper). Erwin recipient of 2014 Grammaticakis-Neumann Prize from Swiss Chemical Society (link).

November 2013. Christine, Chong-Yong and Micaela Crespo (she will join us from EPFL, Switzerland in autumn 2014) awarded Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowships.

October 2013. Jane Leung awarded Woolf Fisher PhD Scholarship and she will join us from Auckland, New Zealand in October 2014. Christina Chang joins the group as a Marshall scholar from Princeton for her MPhil studies. Tom Stubbs joins group for his 3-months BBSRC rotation project. Group joins COST Action CM1202 (PERSPECT-H2O).

September 2013.
We hosted RSC ISACS12 - Challenges in Renewable Chemical Energy conference, a post graduate symposium and the Christian Doppler Workshop in Cambridge. Manuela wins 1st place for her talk and Jenny the 1st poster prize at the postgraduate symposium. Ahu receives runner-up price for her poster at ISACS12. Tsubasa's paper on 'an oxygen-robust photocatalytic hydrogenase system' accepted as 'hot paper' in Angewandte Chemie (to paper).

August 2013.
Inger Lomax joins the group as administrator and PA to Erwin. Nicoleta's paper in collaboration with the group of Ulli Steiner on 'RYB electrochromism with a cobaloxime' accepted in ChemComm and featured on front cover (to paper).

July 2013. Masaru's paper on 'controlled immobilisation of photosystem II on a nanostructured electrode' accepted in J. Am. Chem. Soc. (to paper). Yi-Hsuan's paper on 'one-step assembly of a hybrid photoanode from a molecular precursor' accepted in Chem. Eur. J. (to paper).

June 2013.
Chia-Yu accepts position as Assistant Professor at National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan. Chris W joins the group as an EPSRC postdoctoral research fellow (doctoral prize winner).
Collaborative paper on 'electron transfer dynamics with cobaloximes on semiconductors' with James Durrant's group and Fezile's and Manuela's contribution published in Energy Environ. Sci. and featured on front cover (to paper).

May 2013. Hyun joins the group as a Doppler postdoctoral research associate. Janina appointed as a Kurt Hahn Scholar. William Robinson joins the group for his nanoDTC midi-project (he will also stay for his PhD).

April 2013. Georgina joins the group as a Poynton PhD student. Fezile wins runner-up award for her presentation at the BP day in the Department of Chemistry.

March 2013. Janina joins the group as a Doppler PhD student and Jenny arrives as a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow. Moritz awarded postdoctoral fellowship by the Isaac Newton Trust (Trinity College, Cambridge) and the German Research Foundation (DFG).

February 2013. Group receives Royal Society seed-corn grant for work on "Ordered Cellulose Aerogels".

January 2013. Our first open access article appears online (here). We will make more papers freely available soon.

December 2012.  Jenny Zhang (University of Sydney) awarded Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowship and she will join us in March 2013. Group starts collaboration with WPI-AIMR in Japan and Katherine Orchard arrives in our group as a WPI-Cambridge postdoctoral research associate. Joint project with Julea Butt (UEA, UK) and Lars Jeuken (Leeds, UK) on "Advancing Biotechnologies for Fuel Generation" funded by BBSRC.

November 2012.
Christopher Madden joins the group as a BBSRC postdoctoral researcher on a joint project with Judy Hirst (MRC MBU, Cambridge). Nicoleta's paper on an 'electrode-immobilised molecular Co catalyst' accepted in Angewandte Chemie (to paper). Erwin joins the Editorial Advisory Board of ChemComm.

October 2012.
We welcome our incoming PhD students Ben Martindale, Tim Rosser, Dave Wakerley and Part III student Laurence Taylor. Group receives EPSRC pump-priming grant to start work on novel photocatalytic reactions.

September 2012. Moritz awarded Schering award for best PhD dissertation at a Berlin university in the field of Chemistry. Manuela receives award for her Diploma thesis from the Austrian Chemical Society. Christine Caputo arrives and starts her work as a postdoc in the Doppler laboratory.

August 2012.
Christopher Windle awarded EPSRC Doctoral Prize (allowing him to work in our group in 2013/14). Moritz Kuehnel starts his work as postdoctoral research associate. Bettina Basel visits us from Erlangen, Germany, and starts her Summer internship. Group attends Olympic Games in London. Yi-Hsuan's paper on the assembly of 'efficient CoOx water oxidation electrocatalysts from nanocages' in collaboration with Dom Wright's group accepted in ChemComm (to paper). Chia-Yu's paper on a 'Cu2O/NiOx nanocomposite electrode' accepted in Chem. Sci. (to paper)

July 2012.
Fezile and Masaru's paper on 'selective reduction of aqueous protons with a cobaloxime catalyst under atmospheric oxygen' accepted in Angewandte Chemie as 'Hot paper' (to paper), featured on the journal cover and in the news: here. Fezile's collaborative paper with the Durrant group at Imperial College London on 'electron transfer in catalyst-modified semiconductors' accepted in Chem. Eur. J. (to paper). Collaborative paper on 'highest nuclearity polyoxotitantates' lead by Dom Wright's group and Janina's contribution published in Chem. Eur. J. (to paper)

June 2012. Georgina Hutton awarded with a Cambridge Australia Poynton PhD scholarship. Georgina will join us from the University of Sydney in April next year.

May 2012. Masaru's paper on 'photoelectrochemical water oxidation with photosystem II on a mesoporous ITO electrode' appears in J. Am. Chem. Soc. (to paper). Collaborative paper on 'encapsulated bromide in a polyoxotitanate host' with Dom Wright's group and Janina's contribution published in Chem. Sci. (to paper) and highlighted in Chemistry World (to article).

April 2012. Start and Inauguration of Christian Doppler Laboratory for Sustainable Syngas Chemistry. The programme can be found here. Manuela Gross arrives from Vienna and joins the group as the first Doppler PhD student. Doppler laboratory is featured the news: here (in English) and here (pdf, published in 'derStandard'; in German). Group receives 'New Directions for EPSRC Research Leaders' grant.

March 2012. Ahu Gumrah Parry awarded with a postdoctoral Schlumberger-Faculty for the Future fellowship. Ahu will join us from the Materials department in Cambridge. Joint project with Judy Hirst (MRC, Cambridge) on the "Reduction of Carbon Dioxide by Enzymes Adsorbed on Electrodes: from Mechanistic Studies to Bioinspired Catalysts" funded by BBSRC.

February 2012. Benjamin Martindale awarded with an Oppenheimer PhD scholarship. Ben will join us from Oxford in October.

January 2012. The group receives new lab space to house the analytical and synthetic facilities of the Christian Doppler laboratory. 

December 2011. Christian Doppler Laboratory for Sustainable Syngas Chemistry approved. More information will be available soon - here.

November 2011. Christina Chang awarded Marshall scholarship (she will join us from Princeton in October 2013). Chia-Yu awarded postdoctoral fellowship from the National Science Council Taiwan (he will stay in our group). Erwin receives Talents Sponsorship Award in category 'Science' from federal state of Upper Austria. Group receives 'EPSRC Strategic Fund' grant.

October 2011. We welcome our incoming PhD students Dirk, Nick, Yi-Hsuan, Part III student Eugene Chan and Erasmus student Janina Willkomm from Hanover, Germany.

September 2011. Tsubasa Sakai starts his work as Suntory Life Science postdoctoral fellow. Carlo di Giovanni arrives for his three months visit from ICIQ, Taragona, Spain (group of Antoni Llobet). Fezile and Erwin at Faraday Discussions meeting 155 on Artificial Photosynthesis in Edinburgh, UK.

August 2011. Yi-Hsuan Lai awarded PhD scholarships from Cambridge Trust and Ministry of Education, Taiwan. Chia-Yu Lin arrives as postdoctoral visitor from NTU, Taiwan.

July 2011: Fezile publishes paper in Artificial Photosynthesis issue of Faraday Discussions. Erwin co-organizes (with M. Dinca, MIT) RSC Workshop on Addressing Challenges in Solar Energy Utilization towards Water Splitting at MIT.

June 2011: Nicholas Paul awarded PhD studentship from the newly established Winton fund for the Physics of Sustainability (he will join us in October 2011).

May 2011: Dirk Mersch joins the group for his nanoDTC midi-project (he will also stay for his PhD) and Christopher Windle starts his three months visit from the University of York (group of Robin Perutz). Erwin gives lecture at the University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany.

April 2011: The group receives new lab space: we start to set up a laboratory for BioElectrochemistry. 

March 2011: Erwin elected as a fellow of St. John's College. Erwin gives Austrian Chemical Society lecture in Innsbruck, Austria and a talk on solar fuels at BASF in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

February 2011: Review on "solar H2 evolution with hydrogenases" featured on the cover in the special issue on hydrogenases of the European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry.

January 2011: Our paper on "photocatalytic H2 evolution with a Molecular Co catalyst on TiO2" published as Hot Article in Chemical Communications.

December 2010: PhD studentship and Postdoctoral Research Assistant position available. Erwin gives talk at Cambridge Philosophical Society meeting "Making Light Work" in Cambridge, UK.

November 2010: Laboratory for Synthesis and Analytical measurements set up and experiments started in our new home. Erwin gives lecture at the University of Nottingham, UK.

October 2010: The Reisner lab arrives in Cambridge. We welcome our graduate student Claire Wombwell and Part III students Andrew Underwood and Jon Goodwin.

August 2010:
Vignon leaves group to study at the University of California, Berkeley, in her 3rd undergraduate year.

July 2010: Debasmita Das joins the lab as postdoctoral research visitor until September 2010.

June 2010:
Ellen graduates and takes up a position as a Chemist at Glycosynth Limited, UK. Erwin obtained Habilitation in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Vienna, Austria.

May 2010:
Vignon Mansilla awarded Nuffield Bursary for her Summer project within the group.

April 2010:
Postdoctoral fellow Masaru Kato joins the lab.

March 2010:
Lab construction completed.

February 2010: Postdoctoral research assistant Nicoleta Muresan joins the lab.

January 2010: Graduate student Fezile Lakadamyali joins the lab. GC installed.

December 2009: Glovebox installed.

November 2009: Erwin receives Anton-Paar Science Award from the Austrian Chemical Society. Lab construction begins.

October 2009: MChem student Ellen Swift joins the lab.

September 2009: The Reisner lab is born in Manchester.

Previous group pictures.

Group 2014/15
(Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, November 2014)

Group 2012/13
(Peterhouse, Cambridge, October 2012)

group 2011/12
Group 2011/12
(Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, October 2011)

Group 2010/11
(Downing College, Cambridge, November 2010)

(Manchester, July 2010)

Group picture
              April 2010
(Manchester, April 2010).

              into the unknown, Picture taken 2009 (Kyoto)
"Embarking" (Kyoto, Japan 2009).