Sustainable energy

Bill Lee

Professor Lee's current research involves detailed processing/property/microstructure relations in a range of ceramic materials relevant to the defence and security sectors

Andrew Horsfield

Professor Horsfield's research focuses on electrons that are out of equilibrium. There are several active projects at the moment. A long standing one is to understand structural materials for hydrogen fusion power plants: the electrons are taken out of equilibrium by fast particles that collide with the walls. A major focus at the moment is the aqueous corrosion of metals. This includes the atomistic simulation of reactions at electrodes under a bias.

Sandrine Heutz

Professor Heutz's research concentrates on the growth and characterisation of organic thin films with interesting optoelectronic and magnetic properties. The material components are based on polyaromatic molecules such as phthalocyanines, and porphyrins, close analogues to natural products (e.g. chlorophyll). Particular emphasis is placed on developing growth methods to obtain new types of structures and morphologies, and charge-transfer complexes.

Nicholas Harrison

Professor Harrison's has worked on the development an efficient computational implementation of quantum mechanical theories of condensed matter for over 20 years. His current research is aimed at the use of computer simulations to aid the discovery and optimisation of advanced materials.

Saif Haque

Dr. Haque is a Reader in Materials Chemistry in Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London. He is a physical chemist with a particular interest in nanomaterials, molecular electronic materials and photochemistry. His group's research activities include the function and development of solar cells based upon liquid processable hybrid inorganic / organic semiconducting materials and all-inorganic structures.

James Durrant

Prfoessor Durrant's group expertise is focused around photochemistry and physical chemistry. However their research is very much interdisciplinary, with expertise in the group ranging from inorganic materials synthesis and photoelectrochemistry to device physics.

Neil Alford

Professor Neil Alford runs the Physical Electronics and Thin Film Materials group in the Department of Materials, Imperial College. The group have internationally recognised expertise in Pulsed Laser Deposition of ferroelectric based thin films and multilayer structures and their application for microwave tuneable devices.

Geoff Thornton

Prof Thornton's research focusses on structure/property relations of metal oxide surfaces and nanostructures, particularly of TiO2, with a shift in emphasis towards solid/liquid interfaces relevant to light harvesting applications. Scanning probe, laser and related instruments are employed, as well as synchrotron radiation and laser facilities at Harwell Lab.


Neal Skipper

  • 1983: BSc Chemical Physics, University of Bristol.
  • 1987: PhD Physics, University of Bristol.
  • 1987: Research Assistant, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford.
  • 1991: Sir Henry Jones Research Fellow, Pembroke College, Cambridge.
  • 1994: Lecturer, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCL.
  • 1999: Reader, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCL.
  • 2005: Principal Investigator, London Centre for Nanotechnology, UCL.
  • 2006: Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Angelos Michaelides

Prof Michaelides' research aims to understand important phenomena in surface materials and nano-science. Using concepts from quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics, his team applies and develops methods and computer simulations to study processes of relevance to catalysis such as the properties of metal surfaces and chemical reactions at surfaces and processes of environmental relevance such as the nucleation of ice or the dissolution of salts. Water and ice are major focuses of their work.