Imperial College London

Louise Oldham

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Chemistry

Research Postgraduate







Molecular Sciences Research HubWhite City Campus





Project title: Fabrication and kinetic characterisation of metal oxide heterojunctions for photoelectrochemical water splitting.

My research focuses on the use of operando spectroscopic techniques to analyse photoelectrode materials for sustainable fuel synthesis. The initial focus will be on green hydrogen generation through water splitting, but there is also scope to investigate the application of these systems in the oxidation of other small molecules, such as glycerol, again coupled to green hydrogen generation.

My project is funded by the Department of Chemistry's Schrödinger Scholarship. I am also part of the Transition to Zero Pollution Initiative, and through this am aligned with the Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet Doctoral Training Partnership at the Grantham Institute.


I am involved in public engagement at Imperial's Invention Rooms. Along with a colleague, I developed an activity pack on clean energy vehicles which was sent out to local families during the pandemic. I have since adapted this activity into an in-person session which I run once a term as part of the Saturday Science Club.


PhD, Imperial College London, 2021-present

MRes Green Chemistry, Energy & the Environment, Imperial College London, 2019-2020

BA Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge, 2015-2018