Our research tackles a range of technologies geared towards producing energy without relying on fossil fuels (and excluding solar cells which are summarised in a separate section). In particular, we focus on the development of fuel cells, materials for nuclear energy, and magnetocalorics.



Thomas Anthopoulos


Professor of Experimental Physics, Department of Physics

Research is centered on understanding the physical properties of functional electronic materials and applying this fundamental understanding to develop improved materials and devices for application in electronics, displays, lighting, energy generation & harvesting and different sensor technologies


Joao Cabral


Reader in Soft Matter, Department of Chemical Engineering - focus on polymers and microfluids

Research interests are in soft condensed matter, in particular in complex polymer mixtures, multicomponent systems, often containing particles and opolymers. currently studying the thermodynamics and dynamics or polymer blends with a combination of real- and reciprocal-space techniques, including microscopy and AFM, and light, X-ray and neutron scattering.


Nicholas Harrison


Professor, Chair of Computational Materials Science, Department of Chemistry

Research interests lie in the area of quantum mechanical modelling of material properties with the aim of discovering new functional materials.


Arash Mostofi


Assistant Director of the CDT in Theory and Simulation of Materials, and Director of the Thomas Young Centre for Theory and Simulation, Department of Materials

Research is dedicated to the development and application of first-principles modelling tools for the theory and simulation of materials


John de Mello


Professor of Nanomaterials, Department of Chemistry

Specialising in the experimental and theoretical  Characterisation of nanoparticles and molecular semiconductors – with particular emphasis on their use in optoelectronic devices. In the area of organic semiconductors, primary on the fa focus is on fabrication, analysis and optimisation of light-emitting diodes and solar cells.


James Durrant


Professor of Photochemistry, Department of Chemistry

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).


Saif Haque


Reader in Materials Chemistry, Department of Chemistry

Research interests lie in the area of solar energy conversion and molecular electronics.


Peter Haynes


Professor of Theory & Simulation of Materials, Head of Department of Materials

Research interests focus on the development of new linear-scaling methods forperforming large-scale first-principles quantum-mechanical simulations and their application to materials science, nanotechnology and biological systems.


Sandrine Heutz


Reader in Functional Molecular Materials, Department of Materials

Current research directions are focused on magnetic properties of molecular thin films, spintronic applications, novel fabrication methods for oxides, detailed structural characterisation of films and interfaces, and nanowire devices.


Jenny Nelson


Professor of Physics. Department of Physics

Current research is focussed on understanding the properties of molecular semiconductor materials and their application to organic solar cells


Andrew Horsfield


Reader in the Theory & Simulation of Materials, Department of Materials

Current research interests cover the dynamics of electrons out of equilibrium, and the thermodynamics of complex interfaces


Martyn McLachlan


Lecturer in functional nanomaterials, Department of Materials

Primary research interests centre on the synthesis and characterisation of metal oxide species. More specifically, the development of low temperature deposition routes, analysing surfaces and buried interfaces of thin films and correlating structural, morphological and electrical properties with the synthesis method.


Jason Riley


Professor of Materials Electrochemistry, Department of Materials

Research activity concerns the preparation, characterisation and applications of nanomaterials. Colloid chemistry, anodisation and templated deposition are employed to obtain materials of defined dimension.


Mary Ryan


Professor of Materials Science & Nanotechnology, Department of Materials

Current research is in the area of applied electrochemistry and corrosion, with a focus on deposition of nanostructures and the study of self-forming nanocrystalline oxides; as well as fundamental work on degradation and stability of metal system.


Paul Stavrinou


Reader in Department of Physics


Natalie Stingelin


Professor of Functional Organic Materials, Department of Materials

Current research interests encompass the broad field of organic functional materials, includig organic electronics, multifunctional inorganic/organic hybrids, and smart, advanced optical systems based on organic matter.


Sophia Yaliraki


Professor of Theoretical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry

Research includes developing new mathematical and computational frameworks that can address the molecular basis (and loss) of biological function at different time and length scales.

 Felice Torrisi


A Lecturer in 2D materials and Wearable Electronics in the Department of Chemistry and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.

Research interests cover printed and flexible electronics graphene and 2D materials, with particular focus on energy, sensing, wearable electronics and bioelectronics. He also works on photonic nanomaterial-polymer composites for Visible, Mid-IR and THz optical modulation and mode-locking.