Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Chair in Materials Design



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Aron Walsh is a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Full Professor in the Department of Materials. 

Aron joined Imperial College London in October 2016. He was awarded his PhD in Chemistry from Trinity College Dublin. He then worked for the US Department of Energy at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), followed by a Marie Curie Fellowship hosted at University College London, and a European Research Council Fellowship held at the University of Bath.

His research involves cutting-edge materials theory and similation applied to problems across solid state chemistry and physics, including materials for solar cells and solar fuels, information storage, batteries, thermoelectrics and solid-state lighting. He has a particular expertise in the theory of semiconductors and dielectrics, and is developing innovative solutions for materials data, informatics and design.

These activities are supported by funding from the Royal Society, EPSRC, ERC and Horizon2020.

In 2015 Aron was awarded the EU-40 prize from the European Materials Research Society and the Chemistry Society Reviews Emerging Investigator Lectureship for his work on the theory of next-generation materials for solar energy conversion, including hybrid halide perovskite photovoltaics. In 2016 he was a recipient of the Philip Leverhulme prize in Chemistry, and was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. 

A full publication list can be found on Google Scholar.



Bondarchuk AN, Peter LM, Kissling GP, et al., 2017, Vacuum-annealing induces sub-surface redox-states in surfactant-structured α-Fe 2 O 3 Photoanodes prepared by ink-jet printing, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, ISSN:0926-3373

Bristow JK, Butler KT, Svane KL, et al., 2017, Chemical bonding at the metal-organic framework/metal oxide interface: simulated epitaxial growth of MOF-5 on rutile TiO2, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Vol:5, ISSN:2050-7488, Pages:6226-6232

Fritsch D, Morgan BJ, Walsh A, 2017, Self-Consistent Hybrid Functional Calculations: Implications for Structural, Electronic, and Optical Properties of Oxide Semiconductors, Nanoscale Research Letters, Vol:12, ISSN:1556-276X

Hendon CH, Butler KT, Ganose AM, et al., 2017, Electroactive Nanoporous Metal Oxides and Chalcogenides by Chemical Design, Chemistry of Materials, Vol:29, ISSN:0897-4756, Pages:3663-3670

Hoye RLZ, Schulz P, Schelhas LT, et al., 2017, Perovskite-Inspired Photovoltaic Materials: Toward Best Practices in Materials Characterization and Calculations, Chemistry of Materials, Vol:29, ISSN:0897-4756, Pages:1964-1988

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