Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Research Postgraduate



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Madeleine received her MChem from The University of Edinburgh in 2012 and started with the Plastic Electronics Centre for Doctoral Training in October 2013, completing the MRes in 2014. She has now started her PhD and is working on probing performance enhancements of solar energy systems due to the piezoelectric and ferroelectric effects under the supervision of Prof James Durrant and Dr Steve Dunn from Queen Mary University London.

Using transient absorption spectroscopy (TAS) on picosecond-nanosecond and microsecond-second timescales, Madeleine studies the recombination dynamics of metal oxide systems for use as photoanodes in photoelectrochemical cells for water splitting. By studying both ferroelectric and non-ferroelectric systems and monitoring relaxation, trapping, recombination and reaction of photogenerated electrons and holes, the impact of the 'built-in' electric field of ferroelectric materials on electron-hole dynamics can be determined.




Morris MR, Pendlebury SR, Hong J, et al., 2016, Effect of Internal Electric Fields on Charge Carrier Dynamics in a Ferroelectric Material for Solar Energy Conversion, Advanced Materials, Vol:28, ISSN:0935-9648, Pages:7123-+

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