Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Honorary Lecturer







Molecular Sciences Research HubWhite City Campus





Ludmilla Steier is Associate Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Oxford and Honorary Lecturer at Imperial College.

She studied Chemistry at the University of Siegen (Germany) where she developed an early interest in electrochemistry and semiconductor physics driving her to pursue M.Sc. and Ph.D. research on photoelectrochemical cells and solar cells in the group of Professor Michael Grätzel at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland). She obtained her Ph.D. in 2016 for her works on oxide thin-film photoelectrodes for water splitting and perovskite solar cells.

She then joined the group of Professor James R. Durrant at Imperial College London in the Department of Chemistry to study photochemical and photophysical processes in semiconductors using time-resolved spectroscopy, and shortly after, was awarded the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship (2017-2019). She began her independent research career as Imperial College Research Fellow (2019-2021) in the Department of Materials before moving to Oxford in October 2021.

Her research is focused on material discovery for photo- and electrocatalysis of water, CO2, and other industrial waste products to energy-rich fuels and chemicals. Her lab uses atomic layer deposition to design these materials with atomic precision aiming to identify key activity, selectivity, and degradation drivers determining pathways in catalytic reaction mechanisms and operational stability.

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Moruzzi F, Zhang W, Purushothaman B, et al., 2023, Solution-processable polymers of intrinsic microporosity for gas-phase carbon dioxide photoreduction, Nature Communications, Vol:14

Stephens IEL, Chan K, Bagger A, et al., 2022, 2022 roadmap on low temperature electrochemical CO<sub>2</sub> reduction, Journal of Physics-energy, Vol:4, ISSN:2515-7655

Lin C-T, Hsieh C-T, Macdonald TJ, et al., 2022, Water-Insensitive Electron Transport and Photoactive Layers for Improved Underwater Stability of Organic Photovoltaics, Advanced Functional Materials, Vol:32, ISSN:1616-301X

Corby S, Rao R, Steier L, et al., 2021, The kinetics of metal oxide photoanodesfrom charge generation to catalysis, Nature Reviews Materials, Vol:6, ISSN:2058-8437, Pages:1136-1155

Luo H, Barrio J, Sunny N, et al., 2021, Progress and Perspectives in Photo- and Electrochemical-Oxidation of Biomass for Sustainable Chemicals and Hydrogen Production, Advanced Energy Materials, Vol:11, ISSN:1614-6832

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