‌‌‌‌‌Our group studies and develops new catalytic systems for the sustainable production of fuels. We are specifically interested in the production of solar fuels, such as hydrogen or carbon based fuels (methane, methanol, carbon monoxide), that can be generated using only water, carbon dioxide and light as the inputs.NdYAG laser and OPO

We have particular expertise in studying the catalysts under operating conditions and a recent highlight was the first in-situ study of a CO2 reduction catalyst at an electrode surface using sum-frequency spectroscopy. As a team we use a range of advanced spectroscopic and electrochemical methods to guide both our own and collaborators material development programmes. More details of our research can be found here‌.‌



01/01/21: Much has changed since the last update! We sadly said goobye to Gaia and Mark after 7 years! Adrian has taken on a new role running two research faccilities and we look forward to working with him on these. A huge congratulations to Charlotte for sucessfully defending her thesis and graduating. We also offer a (very belated - sorry!) welcome to Chao and Cathy who started PhDs in 2020.

11/12/19: Congratulations to Khezar for winning the poster prize and to Gaia for a great talk at the Solar Fuels Network-Supersolar meeting in London

01/10/19: We welcome Laura And Francesca to the group!

01/08/19: Good news - a collaborative project across multiple universities, led by Prof Nigel Browning and with contributions from our team and the Hardwick group at the University of Liverpool, has been awarded funding to study Li battery interfaces as part of the Faraday programme.

12/02/19:  A PhD studentship is available in the group on the use of SFG spectroscopy to study energy materials. Project starts October 2019. To apply email acowan@liverpool.ac.uk

01/12/18: The groups work on SFG spectroscopy on CO2 electrocatalysis has been published in nature catalysis - read it here

08/11/2017: Congratulations to Mark, his paper on Ta2O5 overlayers for hematite photoelectrodes is published today in ChemPhotoChem. This work demonstrates a stable coating that enhances activity for water oxidation and allows the electrode to be used at greater range of pH's.

12/09/2017: Our new paper on VSFG spectroscopy of CO2 reduction mechanisms is published in J. Am. Chem. Soc.

12/09/2017: We welcome Khezar back to the resarch group. Khezar carried out a study on hematite photoelectrodes using transient spectroscopy as part of his undergraduate degree and he rejoins a PhD student who will work on the mechanisms of light driven water splitting.

1/09/2017: Charlottes work on the transient spectroscopy of polymer photocatalysts is published as part of a new collaborative paper with Prof Andy Cooper and his group in Advanced Energy Materials

21/6/2017: Congratulations to Jon, he has had his paper on hole delocalising ligands for CdSe QD in water accpeted.

27/01/2017: We have just returned from the 5th UK Solar Fuels Symposium. Thanks to the organisers for a great meeting and well done Charlotte - her work on electrochemical CO2 reduction won the flash presentation prize.

25/12/2016: Congratulations to Gaia, her new paper on light driven CO2 reduction in water is chosen for the front cover of Chemical Communications

01/10/2016: Welcome Verity and Daniel who join the group on joint projects with the groups of Professor Matthew Rosseinsky and Professor Dimtry Shchukin respectively.

16/09/2016: Bad news/good news - we are sad to say goodbye to Dr Jamie Walsh this week, but delighted that Jamie has been awarded an independent SFI SIRG Fellowship which he will be holding a Dublin City University. 

18/08/2016: Jamie's new paper on photocatalytic CO2 reduction using carbon nitride is published. Many thanks to the Tang group at UCL, as always it was great to work with you!

01/08/2016: Alex writes a news and views article for nature chemistry on the recent breakthrough by the Hamann group on hematite spectroscopy

05/02/2016: Congratulations to Mark his latest work with the Li group is published in Angewantde Chemie


04/01/16: Congratulations to Gaia, her work on COreduction in acidic solutions is published in RSC Chemical Science. The work was carried out in partnership with the Hardwick group at Liverpool.

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