Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Chemistry

Professor of Chemical Physics



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Mr John Murrell +44 (0)20 7594 2845




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Past funding (at Research Center Juelich/University of Duesseldorf)

Alexander von Humboldt Fellows (2), 2 year Minerva Fellows (2), TUM PhD fellow (1), DAAD Fellows (2), DFG standard 3 year grant (1), 3 year DFG Schwerpunkt Grant (1), 3 year BMWi PhD studentship (1), 3 year International Bureau Grants (2), 3 year Volkswagen Grant (1).

Immediate past funding (at Imperial College)

5 year Wolfson Research Merit Award (2002-2007) - „blue sky‟ research

3 year EPSRC grant “Physical mechanisms of DNA interactions and recognition of homologous genes.”

1 year EPSRC Adventure grant “Towards optical molecular tea spoon”

3 year Leverhulme Trust grant “Electrified liquid interfaces: structure, dynamics, functioning”

3 year Leverhulme Trust grant “Molecular Scissors”

6 months Leverhulme Visiting Professor Grant (The Leverhulme Trust)

Current funding

 3 year EPSRC-NSF International Cooperation in Chemistry grant: “Ionic-liquid in confined environments: experiments and simulation”

3 year EPSRC grant (with UCL): “Chiral theory of DNA supercoiling”

3 year transatlantic HFSP grant (Imperial, UCL, FU Amsterdam& Baylor Medical College): “Chiral effects in DNA supercoiling”

Rolling DSTL grant – “Ultra sensitive sensors”

6 months Leverhulme Visiting Professor Grant (The Leverhulme Trust)

Rsearch Achievements

Chemical physics and physical chemistry

Nonlocal electrostatics with applications to electrochemistry, physical chemistry, charge transfer kinetics and biophysics.

Modeling the nonlocal dielectric response of water and aqueous solutions and understanding solvent-solute interactions.

New model of proton transport in water and polymer electrolyte membranes


Electron theory of electrochemical interfaces: electrical and optical properties.

Theory of space-charge determined phenomena in solid electrolytes.

Theory of electrified liquid-liquid interfaces (interfaces of two immiscible electrolytic solutions): structure, dynamics, functioning.

Theory of the double layer on rough solid electrodes.

Statistical theory of field-induced surface reconstruction and roughening transitions at single crystal electrodes.

Theory of the double layer in ionic liquids.

Discovery of a new, electrochemically-based ultra-low-voltage electrowetting system for electrovariable optical applications.


Theory of STM noise caused by surface diffusion.

Explanation of the temperature and length dependence of conductance of chain molecules and discovery of a new principle of electrochemical single-molecule-based rectifiers.

Principles of electrovariable nanoplasmonics at electrochemical interfaces.


Theory of interaction, recognition and aggregation of helical biomolecules in solutions.

Discovery of a mechanism of recognition of homologous genes in protein-free environment.

Energy research

Models of the structure and function of fuel cell electrodes, membranes and whole cells.

Theory of electrical properties and principles of operation of nanotemplated supercapacitors.

Research Supervision

Graduate students, received their degrees (date) MSc: L. Burkinshaw (2008), J. Kadir (2009), S. Cho (2009) Master’s D.A. Kossakowski (1993), V. Turek (2010), J. Paget (2010)

PhD students P.G. Dzhavakhidze (1989), M. Hauser (1996), M.Wigdorovich (1996), G. Sutmann (1998) M.Eikerling (1999), J.Abel (2001), A.Cherstvy (2002), S. Malinin (2002), P.Commer (2003), L.Rudd (2008), R. Robson (2009)

Former Postdocs

1992 M. Sumetskii (USA), 1993-1994 S. Gluzman (Israel) 1994-1995 G. Makov (Israel) 1997 V. Kiselev (Belorussia) 1999 M. Eikerling (Germany) 1999-2000 S. Walbran (USA) 2003 C. Verdes (Rumania) 2003-2007 A. Wynveen (USA) 2003-2007 D.J. Lee (UK) 2004 N. Marchal (France) 2004-2007 C.W. Monroe (USA)

Current group

Senior researchers: Dr. D. Lee, Visiting Professor R. Colby Postdocs: Dr. S. Kondrat PhD students: R. Cortini, M. Marinescu, J. Paget, V. Turek , T. Wilson, MSc students: O. Alex-Duduyemi, BSc students: S Martiniani, A. Lee

Current Areas of Research