Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Chemistry

Professor of Photochemistry



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Miss Lisa Benbow +44 (0)20 7594 5883




134aChemistrySouth Kensington Campus





The development of renewable, low cost energy technologies is a key scientific challenge for the 21st century. My group’s primary research interest is the development of new chemical approaches to solar energy conversion – harnessing solar energy either to produce electricity (photovoltaics) or molecular fuels (e.g.: hydrogen). We undertake fundamental scientific studies of new materials and device concepts, aiming to elucidate design principles which enable technological development. Our research is based around using transient laser spectroscopies to undertake photochemical studies of light driven electron and energy transfer reactions. Such studies are undertaken in parallel with device development and functional characterisation, including studies of materials and device stability, employing a wide range of molecular, polymeric and inorganic materials. Control of materials structure on the nanometer length scale is often essential for efficient utilisation of solar energy, and therefore the nano-morphology and the use of nanostructured materials is a key component of our research.

My group’s expertise is focused around photochemistry and physical chemistry. However our research is very much interdisciplinary, with expertise in the group ranging from  inorganic materials synthesis and photoelectrochemistry to device physics. We are fortunate to have many collaborations, both with academic groups and with industry, enabling us to work closely with colleagues working on innovative materials synthesis, theoretical modeling and practical device development and commercialisation, including in particular members of Imperial's Centre for Plastic Electronics and Artificial Leaf initiative and Swansea's SPECIFIC IKC.

More details of my research and my research team can be found on my group's website.

Alongside leading my research group at Imperial College, I am leading the Sêr Cymru Solar Initiative based at the SPECIFIC IKC, Swansea University, which compliments the more fundamental scientific studies of my group, and of my colleagues at Imperial College, through the technological development of printed photovoltaic devices.

I am also Director of Imperial's Centre for Plastic Electronics, and co-ordinator of the UK's Solar Fuels Network.


Bryant D, Aristidou N, Pont S, et al., 2016, Light and oxygen induced degradation limits the operational stability of methylammonium lead triiodide perovskite solar cells, Energy and Environmental Science, ISSN:1754-5692

Lindquist RJ, Phelan BT, Reynal A, et al., 2016, Strongly oxidizing perylene-3,4-dicarboximides for use in water oxidation photoelectrochemical cells, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Vol:4, ISSN:2050-7488, Pages:2880-2893

Brinkert K, Le Formal F, Xiaoe L, et al., 2016, Photocurrents from photosystem II in a metal oxide hybrid system: Electron transfer pathways., Biochim Biophys Acta, ISSN:0006-3002

Morais A, Longo C, Araujo JR, et al., 2016, Nanocrystalline anatase TiO2/reduced graphene oxide composite films as photoanodes for photoelectrochemical water splitting studies: the role of reduced graphene oxide, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Vol:18, ISSN:1463-9076, Pages:2608-2616

Willkomm J, Orchard KL, Reynal A, et al., 2016, Dye-sensitised semiconductors modified with molecular catalysts for light-driven H-2 production, Chemical Society Reviews, Vol:45, ISSN:0306-0012, Pages:9-23

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