Energy at Oxford Chemistry

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

The following is a selection of investigators in our department currently involved in energy-related research, along with a brief description of their activities in this area:

Simon Aldridge

is developing new hydrogen storage and carbon dioxide capture materials and investigating the mechanisms of hydrogen uptake and release from materials.

Harry L. Anderson

is working on the design and synthesis of dyes and conjugated polymers for organic photovoltaics.

Fraser A. Armstrong

is investigating and developing biological hydrogen fuel cell science, including the study of hydrogen production, the use of enzymatic catalysts to produce hydrogen using sunlight, and the construction of small-scale fuel cells.

William Barford

is performing theoretical and computation modeling of energy and charge transport in conjugated polymer systems.

Simon J. Clarke

is focused on the discovery of new solid state compounds and the correlation of structure and composition with electronic and magnetic properties.

Richard G. Compton

is applying the fundamental principles of electrochemistry toward the development of energy storage and conversion devices.

Bill I. F. David

is utilizing combinatorial synthesis and computer modeling to develop and understand energy materials, including for hydrogen storage, batteries, fuel cells, and catalysts.

Ben Davis

is studying the energetics and mechanisms of energy-related cycles in biological systems.

Prof. Jason Davis

Jason Davis

has established new methods of engineering and resolving responsive capacitance and is active in the design of photoresponsive interfaces.

Peter P. Edwards

is involved in the design, synthesis, and characterization of a wide range of energy materials, including transparent conductors, hydrogen-storage materials, and catalysts for sustainable processing in the modern petrochemical industry.

Russell G. Egdell

is a solid state chemist with a focus on the synthesis, modeling, and characterization of metal oxides with applications as transparent conductors and solar photocatalysts.

Stephen Faulkner

is involved in studying the solution chemistry of the actinide elements using ultra-fast, ultra-sensitive analysis, with the goal of developing inherently safe nuclear fuel cycle materials and processes.

Stephen P. Fletcher

is investigating the molecular prerequisites for efficiently converting light into mechanical energy.

John S. Foord

is investigating the materials chemistry of fuel cell electrodes, photcatalysis, approaches to hydrogen supply for fuel cell applications, and novel carbon-based electrodes for batteries and supercapacitors.

Jose M. Goicoechea

is developing low-valent main-group cluster complexes for the catalytic reduction of carbon dioxide, potentially allowing into be used as a chemical feedstock.


Vladimir L. Kuznetsov

is working to produce and characterize novel functional materials for a range of energy storage and conversion applications.

John McGrady

is focused on the mechanisms of water splitting in biomimetic devices and understanding how nature controls the reactivity of highly reactive catalytic species.

Dermot O'Hare

is developing chemical systems to selectively produce methanol from atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Susan Perkin

is studying liquid-solid interfaces, including applications in efficiency-improving lubricants and the use of ionic liquids as electrolytes in energy storage devices.

Fellow and Praelector in Inorganic Chemistry

S. C. Edman Tsang

is synthesizing and characterizing new nano-materials with size- and shape-dependent properties that lead to many exciting applications, including as clean energy catalysts.

Kylie A. Vincent

is developing spectroscopic and electrochemical methods for elucidating details of biological energy-cycling catalysts, including those involved in hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen cycling.


Andrew Weller

is interested in chemical storage using B-H and N-H bonds, modeling the interaction of hydrogen with metal surfaces, and the development of atom- and energy-efficient catalytic processes.