Imperial College London

Dr Steph Pendlebury

Faculty of Engineering

IMSE Institute Manager



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Steph is Institute Manager of the Institute for Molecular Science and Engineering. She manages the Institute's operations, including events, finances, external relations, and co-ordinating the Molecular Science and Engineering MRes. The Institute for Molecular Science and Engineering (IMSE) was founded in 2015 as one of Imperial College London's six Global Challenge Institutes.

The Institute transcends disciplinary boundaries and brings together Imperial's world class engineers, scientists, clinicians and business researchers to find innovative molecular-based science and engineering solutions to grand challenges facing our world. Such pressing challenges include the race to realise a viable 'green' energy supply and to tackle the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance.


Steph graduated from Edinburgh University with Masters in Chemistry, having studied Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Astronomy. Fascinated by physical and materials chemistry, Steph's PhD with the Durrant group in the Chemistry Department at Imperial College focused on time-resolved (μs-s) spectroscopy of materials for solar energy conversion, particularly water oxidation on hematite photoanodes. Her postdoctoral research investigated processes at shorter timescales (fs-ns) on a variety of photocatalyst materials.

In December 2015, Steph became Programme Manager of the Centre for Plastic Electronics at Imperial. The CPE brings together over 25 research groups, with shared interests in flexible and solution processable electronic materials and devices.  

Steph joined IMSE as Institute Manager in May 2018.



Mesa Zamora CA, Kafizas A, Francàs L, et al., 2017, Kinetics of photoelectrochemical oxidation of methanol on hematite photoanodes, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol:139, ISSN:1520-5126, Pages:11537-11543

Kafizas A, Ma Y, Pastor E, et al., 2017, Water Oxidation Kinetics of Accumulated Holes on the Surface of a TiO2 Photoanode: A Rate Law Analysis, Acs Catalysis, Vol:7, ISSN:2155-5435, Pages:4896-4903

Ma Y, Mesa CA, Pastor E, et al., 2016, Rate law analysis of water oxidation and hole scavenging on a BiVO4 photoanode, Acs Energy Letters, Vol:1, ISSN:2380-8195, Pages:618-623

Morris MR, Pendlebury S, Hong J, et al., 2016, Effect of internal electric fields on charge carrier dynamics in a ferroelectric material for solar energy conversion, Advanced Materials, Vol:28, ISSN:0935-9648, Pages:7123-7128

Ma Y, Kafizas A, Pendlebury SR, et al., 2016, Photoinduced Absorption Spectroscopy of CoPi on BiVO4: The Function of CoPi during Water Oxidation, Advanced Functional Materials, Vol:26, ISSN:1616-301X, Pages:4951-4960

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