Imperial College London

Dr Leah C Frenette

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Research Associate



l.frenette CV




Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





Exploiting the photochemical reactivity of colloidal quantum dots for enhanced biosensing

Research Interests

Nanomaterials (Synthesis and characterisation), Photocatalysis, Biosensing, Point-of-Care Diagnostics


Frenette, L. C.; Krauss, T. D. “Uncovering Active Precursors in Colloidal Quantum Dot Synthesis”. Nature Communications 2017, 8, 2082. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-01936-z

Caputo, J. A.; Frenette, L. C.; Zhao, N.; Sowers, K. L.; Krauss, T. D.; Weix, D. J. “General and Efficient C-C Bond Forming Photoredox Catalysis With Semiconductor Quantum Dots” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139 (12), 4250-4253. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b13379 [Editor’s Choice in Science] [Featured in C&EN News] [Featured in RSC-Chemistry World]

Durney, A.; Frenette, L.C.; Hodvedt, E.C.; Krauss, T.D.; Mukaibo, H. "Fabrication of Tapered Microtube Arrays and Their Application as a Microalgal Injection Platform” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2016, 8 (50), 34198–34208. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b11062

Media Mentions

“Discovery could take guesswork out of making quantum dots” Amanda Staller. The Electrochemical Society. December 29, 2017.

“Chemists go ‘back to the future’ to untangle quantum dot mystery” Bob Marcotte. University of Rochester newscenter. December 12, 2017.

“Quantum dots visibly forge carbon bonds” Jake Yeston. Editor’s Choice, Organic Chemistry. Science. May 12, 2017.

“Quantum dots offer a brighter future for photocatalysis” Stephen K. Ritter. Chemical & Engineering News. American Chemical Society.  April 3, 2017.

“Quantum dot first for carbon–carbon bond photocatalysis” Katrina Kramer. Chemistry World. Royal Society of Chemistry. March 27, 2017.

“Light emitting quantum dots could ease synthesis of novel compounds” Bob Marcotte. University of Rochester newscenter. March 26, 2017.