Research interests are focused on the photochemistry of materials for use in photovoltaic applications. Currently looking at perovskite and dye-sensitised solar cell technologies. Also interested in colourimetric and fluorescent probes and sensors.
I was appointed as Senior Lecturer on the Sêr Cymru Solar initiative in 2014. Developing capabilities in the areas of photochemistry and PV device physics and stability and currently head the Photochemistry and Laser Spectroscopy group at SPECIFIC. Previously a SPECIFIC Technology Transfer Fellow in the research group of Dr Peter Holliman at the School of Chemistry, Bangor University, I am a co-inventor of a very successful method for the ultra-fast co-sensitization of DSSCs. I carried out his Ph.D studies between Swansea and the University of Coimbra, Portugal, looking at the photophysics/photochemistry of cationic conjugated polymers and how these polymers interact with DNA.
I am passionate about the promotion of science and the importance of developing renewable energy solutions. In 2013 I organised a large-scale, ambitious, outreach project across South Africa named “Catching the Light with the Rainbow Nation” which aimed to increase the popularity and understanding of chemistry. This involved a team of 16 scientists from the UK and Africa running scientific workshops for over 1000 children over two weeks across South Africa.