Alumni List


Name Postdoc Project title/Publication Year Current position
Soyeong Jeong  New Ternary Blend Strategy Based on a Vertically Self‐Assembled Passivation Layer Enabling Efficient and Photostable Inverted Organic Solar Cells ( 2021-22 Research, LG Display
Tack Ho Lee A Dual Functional Polymer Interlayer Enables Near-Infrared Absorbing Organic Photoanodes for Solar Water Oxidation 2020-22 Assisstant Professor, PNU, Korea
Deping Qian Study of voltage losses in NFA solarcells  2020-21  Professor, Fujian Normal University
Zhuo Li A supramolecular H12SubPcB-OPhCOPh/TiO2 Z-scheme hybrid assembled via dimeric concave-ligand π-interaction for visible photocatalytic oxidation of tetracycline - ScienceDirect 2029-21 Northwest University, Xian, China
Hyojung Cha Suppression of Recombination Losses in Polymer:Nonfullerene Acceptor Organic Solar Cells due to Aggregation Dependence of Acceptor Electron Affinity 2015-20 Assistant Professor, Kyungpook National University, Korea
Jinho Lee Efficient and photostable ternary organic solar cells with a narrow band gap non-fullerene acceptor and fullerene additive 2018-20 Assistant Professor, Incheon National University,Korea
Camilo Mesa Zamora Impact of synthesis route on water oxidation Kinetics of  Hematite photoanode 2019-20 Research Scientist, Institute of Advanced Materials (INAM), Universitat Jaume, Spain
Ludmilla Steier  Bright outlook on organic photoelectrochemical cells for water splitting 2016-20 Associate professor, Department of Chemistry,  University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
James Thorne  Impact of synthesis route on water oxidation Kinetics of  Hematite photoanode 2019-20  
Ernest Pastor Hernandez Interfacial charge separation in Cu2O/RuOx as a visible light driven CO2 reduction catalyst 2017-19 The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Dirección de correo, Spain
Wenxing Wang Electron accumulation induces efficiency bottleneck for hydrogen production in carbon nitride photocatalysts 2017-18 Assistant Professor, Xihu University, Hangzhou, China
Laia Francàs Kinetic analysis of an efficient molecular light-driven water oxidation system 2015-18 Research Fellow, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Robert Godin Understanding the visible-light photocatalytic activity of GaN:ZnO solid solution 2016-18 Assistant Professor, Chemistry, University of British Columbia, Canada
Hongkyu Kang Origin of Open‐Circuit Voltage Enhancements in Planar Perovskite Solar Cells Induced by Addition of Bulky Organic Cations 2016-17 Researcher, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
Stephanie Pendlebury Ultrafast charge carrier recombination and trapping in hematite photoanodes under applied bias 2012-15 IMSE Institute Manager, Faculty of Engineering, Imperial college London, UK
Andreas Kafizas Transient absorption spectroscopy of anatase and rutile: the impact of morphology and phase on photocatalytic activity 2011-16 Lecturer, Grantham Institute for Climate Change, Imperial college London, UK
Zhe Li Toward improved lifetimes of organic solar cells under thermal stress: substrate-dependent morphological stability of PCDTBT:PCBM films and devices 2013-16 Senior Lecturer, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Marie-Beatrice Madec Additive-assisted supramolecular manipulation of polymer:fullerene blend phase morphologies and its influence on photophysical processes 2012-14 Innovation Valuation Assessment Director at Solvay, Belgium
Xiuli Wang  Transient Absorption Spectroscopy of Anatase and Rutile: The Impact of Morphology and Phase on Photocatalytic Activity | The Journal of Physical Chemistry C ( 2012-13 Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Nurlan Tokmoldin Influence of Surface Recombination on Charge-Carrier Kinetics in Organic Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells with Nickel Oxide Interlayers 2012-13 Research, Universität Potsdam, Germany
Daniel Bryant Observable hysteresis at low temperature in “hysteresis free” organic–inorganic lead halide perovskite solar cells 2014-17 Research, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi
Stoichko Dimitrov Efficient charge photogeneration by the dissociation of PC70BM excitons in polymer/fullerene solar cells,  2012-16 Lecturer, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Anna Reynal Unravelling the pH-dependence of a molecular photocatalytic system for hydrogen production, 2010-14 Teaching Fellow, Newcastle University, UK
Florian Le Formal Rate law analysis of water oxidation on a hematite surface 2012-14 Senior Project Manager, Technis, Switzerland
Monica Barroso Charge carrier trapping, recombination and transfer in hematite (alpha-Fe2O3) water splitting photoanodes 2009-12 Researcher, Utrecht University, Netherland
Daniel Credgington Insights from transient optoelectronic analyses on the open-circuit voltage of organic solar cells 2009-12 The technology partnership, Cambridge, UK
Leng Wenhu Electron Diffusion Length in Mesoporous Nanocrystalline TiO2 Photoelectrodes during Water Oxidation | The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters ( 2009-11 Associate Professor,Yuquan Campus, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou
Sochman Ho Enhanced photoelectrochemical water splitting by nanostructured BiVO4–TiO2 composite electrodes - Journal of Materials Chemistry A (RSC Publishing) 2009-11 Assistant Professor, Institute of Applied Physics and Materials Engineering
Andrea Listorti Electron Transfer Dynamics in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells 2009-11 Researcher, University of Bari "A. Moro", Italy
Liqiang Jin Dynamics of photogenerated charges in the phosphate modified TiO2 and the enhanced activity for photoelectrochemical water splitting - Energy & Environmental Science (RSC Publishing) 2009-10 Professor, Key Laboratory of Functional Inorganic Materials Chemistry, Heilongjiang University, China
Mattias P Eng Charge photogeneration in donor/acceptor organic solar cells 2008-10 Researcher på RISE, Research Institutes of Sweden
Rick Hamilton Recombination in annealed and nonannealed polythiophene/fullerene solar cells: transient photovoltage studies versus numerical modeling 2007-10 Director, Vinery Technical Consultancy Ltd, UK
Tracey Clarke Charge photogeneration in low band gap polyselenophene/fullerene blend films 2007-09 Associate Professor, University College London, UK
Ana Morandeira Ru(II)-phthalocyanine sensitized solar cells: The influence of co-adsorbents upon interfacial electron transfer kinetics | Request PDF ( 2006-08 Upsala University
Junwang Tang Mechanism of Photocatalytic water splitting in TiO2 reaction of water with photo holes, importance of charge carrier dynamics, and evidence for four -hole chemistry 2005-09 Professor, University College London, UK
Brian O' Regan Performance and stability of lead perovskite/TiO2, polymer/PCBM, and dye sensitized solar cells at light intensities up to 70 suns 2005-14 Researcher, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Hideo Ohkita Radical ion pair mediated triplet formation in polymer–fullerene blend films - Chemical Communications (RSC Publishing) 2005-06 Associate Professor,Department of Polymer Chemistry, Kyoto University
Ana  M Peiro Freestanding Polymer–Metal Oxide Nanocomposite Films for Light‐Driven Oxygen Scavenging - Peiró - 2005 - Advanced Materials - Wiley Online Library 2003-05  
Jessica Kroeze Parameters Influencing Charge Separation in Solid‐State Dye‐Sensitized Solar Cells Using Novel Hole Conductors - Kroeze - 2006 - Advanced Functional Materials - Wiley Online Library 2003-05 Patent Attorney, HGF B.V., Netherlands
Kenji Kawano Degradation of organic solar cells due to air exposure - ScienceDirect 2003-04 Panasonic Cooperation, Japan
Hari Upadhyaya Kinetic competition in flexible dye sensitised solar cells employing a series of polymer electrolytes - Chemical Communications (RSC Publishing) 2002-05 Professor, South Bank university, London
Emilio Palomares Slow charge recombination in dye-Sensitized solar cells (DSSC) using Al2O3 coated nanoporous TiO2 films 2001-04 Professor, Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) Barcelona, Spain 
Topoglidis Manos Direct Electrochemistry and Nitric Oxide Interaction of Heme Proteins Adsorbed on Nanocrystalline Tin Oxide Electrodes  2001-03 Assistant Professor, at University of Patras, Peloponnisos Dytiki Ellada ke Ionio
Ana Flavia Nogueira Dye‐Sensitized Nanocrystalline Solar Cells Employing a Polymer Electrolyte - Nogueira - 2001 - Advanced Materials - Wiley Online Library 2001-02 Associate Professor, University of Campinas
Thierry Lutz Protein adsorption on nanoporous TiO2 films: a novel approach to studying photoinduced protein/electrode transfer reactions - PubMed ( 1999-01 ‪Thierry Lutz‬ - ‪Google Scholar‬

Doctoral Students (PhD)


Name PhD Project title/Publication Year Current position
Weidong Xu Optical Spectroscopic Studies of Charge Carrier Dynamics in Lead Halide Perovskite Solar Cells 2022  PDRA, University of Cambridge 
Anna Wilson  Photocatalyst materials, for the production of hydrogen fuel using solar energy 2022   
Carlota Bozal-Ginesta Spectroelectrochemical studies of multi-redox catalysts for water splitting 2021 PDRA,  University of Toronto, Canada
Yifan Dong Transient spectroscopic studies of charge carrier dynamics in organic solar cells 2020 PDRA, NREL (National  Renewable Energy Lab)
Yu Han Chang Impact of Ga gradieant and alkali treatment on minority charge carrier dynamics in CuInGaSe2 solar cells  2020 

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Benjamin Moss A spectroscopic study of charge separation in photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical water splitting devices 2020 PDRA,  Imperial college London, UK
Tian Du Bulk and surface recombination losses in planar perovskite solar cells 2020 PDRA, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg
Michael Sachs Transient spectroscopic studies of disordered semiconductors for solar-driven fuel synthesis 2020 Research Fellow, Stanford UNiversity, USA
Shababa Selim Charge carrier dynamics and water oxidation photoelectrochemical performance of bismuth vanadate 2020 Scientist, Sagentia Innovation, UK
Sacha Corby Transient optical studies of metal oxides for water oxidation 2020 Consultant, Bain & Company, Switzerland
Jiaying Wu The impact of tail states on the performance of organic bulk heterojunction solar cells 2020 Assistant professor,  Hongkong University of Science and Technology, Hongkong
Chieh-Ting Lin Enhancing the efficiency and stability of perovskite solar cells  2020 Assistant professor, National Chung Hsing university, Tiwan
Sebastian Pont Chemical and morphological stability of perovskite and organic solar cells 2019 Associate, Mckinsey, Energy Markets, UK
Madeleine Morris Barium titanate: photophysics, photocatalysis & the influence of the ferroelectric effect 2018 PDRA,  Grantham Institute, Imperial colllege London,UK
Camilo Mesa Zamora Spectroelectrochemical studies of oxidation reactions on hematite photoelectrodes 2018
Research Scientist, Institute of Advanced Materials (INAM), Universitat Jaume, Spain
Ching-Hong Tan Charge recombination losses in non-fullerene acceptor based organic solar cells 2018 PDRA,  South China University of Technology, Guangzhou , China
Chaz Keiderling  Photo-physical studies of electron acceptor function in organic photovoltaics 2017  
Scot Wheeler Bulk and surface recombination limitations to high voltage solution processed solar cells 2017 Researcher, Oxford University, UK
Jinhyun Kim Transient optical studies of carrier dynamics in perovskite solar cells  2017 PDRA, Korean Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
Elisa Collado Fregoso Charge separation in low-bandgap polymer/fullerene blends 2016 Managing Editor, Springer Nature
Ernest Pastor Hernandez Transient spectroscopic studies of photocatalysts for CO2 and proton reduction 2015 The Institute of Photonic Sciences
Dirección de correo, Spain
Yimeng Ma Dynamics of charge carriers in bismuth vanadate photoanodes for water splitting using solar energy 2015
Professor, Donghua university, China
Zheng Gang Huang Impact of film morphology upon the performance of polymer / fullerene solar cells 2014  
Florent Deledalle Competition between charge collection and non-geminate recombination in bulk heterojunction solar cells 2014 Analyst, Pöyry Management, UK
Chun Hung Law Optimisation and characterisation of alternative hole transporting media of dye-sensitised solar cells and stability study of perovskite solar cells 2014 Senior Data Scientist, Data & Analytics, Deal Advisory at KPMG, Hong kong
George Dibb Non-geminate charge recombination in organic solar cells 2014 Head of the centre for economic Justice, IPPR, London, UK
Ying  Woan Soon Charge separation, triplets and photochemical stability in polymer / fullerene solar cells 2013 Assistant Professor, University of Brunei Darulssalam, Brunei
Li Xiaoe Molecular Functionalisation of Nanocrystalline Mesoporous Metal Oxide Films 2012 Research Technician, Imperial college London, UK
Stephanie Pendlebury Charge carrier dynamics in hematite photoanodes for solar water oxidation 2012 IMSE institute Manager, Imperial College London, UK
Fiona Jamieson Charge generation in organic solar cells 2012 Industry Partnerships and Commercialisation Executive, Natural Sciences, Imperial College London, UK
Assaf Anderson Quantifying regeneration in dye sensitized solar cells: a step toward red absorbing dyes having lower energy loss 2011 CEO, MaterialZone, Israel
Safa Shoaee Charge photogeneration in organic donor/acceptor blends 2010  Associate Professor, University of Postdam, Germany
Andreas Maurano Charge carrier losses in polymer/fullerene solar cells 2010 Research Engineer, Samsung
Sara Koops Electron injection in dye sensitised solar cells 2010  
Christopher Shuttle Recombination dynamics in polythiophene:fullerene solar cells 2009 PDRA, university of Copenhagen, Denmark
Narukuni Hirata Molecular control of charge recombination dynamics in dye sensitised solar cells 2006  
Ivan Montanari Competing electron transfer pathways in molecular solar cells 2003 Scientist, Curti costruzioni Meccaniche spa, Bologna, Italy
Emmanuel Topoglidis Biosensors based on nanoporous TiO2 films 2001 Professor, Department of Material SciencePátra, Greece
Yasuhiro Tachibana Charge separation and recombination in dye sensitised semiconductor solar cells 2000 Professor, University of RMIT,  Melbourne, Australia


Master Students (MSci & MRes)


Project title


Keren Ai Photochemical Stability of Polymer Donors: PM6 and PTQ10 2021-22 
Shilin Yao Understanding of Charge Carrier Dynamics in Reticular Photocatalytic Materials by Transient Absorption Spectroscopy 2021-22
Rui Zheng Study of Temperature-dependent Charge Carrier Kinetics in Non-Fullerene Acceptor Based Organic Photovoltaics 2019-20
Louise Oldham Investigating barium bismuth niobate as a photoanode material in photoelectrochemical water splitting 2019-20
Guanda Zhou Investigating the influence of charge accumulation on electrochemical and photoelectrochemical water oxidation on BiVO4 photoanodes 2019-20
Xinyi Liu Spectroelectrochemistry studies of iridium oxides anodes for water oxidation 2019-20
Yifei Wang Organic Photoelectrochemical Cell with Gold and Silver Nanocages for CO2 Reduction 2018-19
Lingyu Zou Organic nanoparticles for hydrogen generation 2018-19
Yizhen Zheng Understanding photophysics of non-fullerene-based organic solar cells 2018-19
Richard Pacalaj Charge transfer kinetics and energy offsets at hybrid perovskite/organic interfaces 2018-19
Weidong Xu Transient spectroscopy and stability studies of printed solar cells 2017-18
Anna Wilson  
The impact of metal co-catalysts on WO3 nanostructures for photocatalytic solar fuel production
Helen Bristow Non-fullerene electron acceptors for solar cell applications 2017-18
Shayan Moghaddam Investigating perovskite solar cell stability via cesium doping 2017-18
George Fish The effect of aggregation-induced energetics on the performance of bulk heterojunction solar cells employing non-fullerene caceptors 2017-18
Haonan Le  Metal oxides for solar energy harvesting: computational materials discovery 2016-17
Yi Wen Mechanistic study of water oxidation reaction on metal oxides photoanodes 2016-17
Hou Lon Sou A study on photophysics of non-fullerene-based bulk heterojunction solar cells 2016-17
Xuerui  Ma Photophysics of perovskite solar cells 2015-16
Eric Burns Organic photocathodes and photoanodes for solar fuel production. 2015-16
Jade Nagitta A study on photophysics of non-fullerene-based bulk heterojunction solar cells 2015-16
Tian Du Characterization of point defects in CH3NH3PbI3 and their impact on Voc of planar heterojunction solar cells 2015-16
Sebastian Pont Functional evaluation of new materials for solution processed organic solar cells 2014-15
Alexander Gillet Photophysical studeis of DPPTTT/PC70BM Blends 2014-15
Hendrick Utzat The carrier-separation mechanism in polymer-fullerene blends with ultrafast spectroscopy 2013-14
Jiaying Wu Strategies to Improve Diketopyrrolopyrrole Based Organic Photovoltaic Device. 2013-14
Madeleine Morris Organic-inorganic system to probe piezoelectric performance enhancement of solar energy system 2013-14
Scot Wheeler Transient optoelectronics analysis of organic photovoltaic devices 2012-13
Jin Zhao Study of PTB7:PCBM bulk heterojunction solar cells 2011-12
Chaz Keiderling Electron transfer dynamics in organic solar cells 2010-11
Ying Soon Semiconducting polymer for polymer-fullerensolar cells 2007-08

Caption: The Durrant group in 2004

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Caption: The Durrant group in 2009, Silwood park, Ascot

Caption: The Durrant group in 2010, Burlington House, London

Caption: The Durrant group in 2011, Silwood Park, Ascot

Caption: The Durrant group in 2012, Oxford

Caption: The Durrant group in 2015, South Kensington Campus, UK

Caption: The Durrant group in 2016, Silwood park, Ascot, UK

Caption: The Durrant group in 2017, Isle of Wight, UK

Caption: The Durrant group in 2018, Malta

Caption: The Durrant group in 2019, Lisbon, Portugal


Caption: The group in 2021, Richmond Park, UK

Caption: The group in 2021, Norfolk, UK

The group in 2022 Christmas Dinner

Caption: The group in 2022 Christmas celebration, MSRH, Whitecity Campus, UK

Caption: The group in 2022, Mumbles, Swansea, UK

Caption: The group in Bandgap 2023, Gregynog, Wales, UK