Professor Matthew Davies

Professor Matthew Davies

Professor, Chemical Engineering

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Engineering East
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Professor Matthew Davies is the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Energy Technologies, Head of the Applied Photochemistry Group and part of the Senior Management Team at the SPECIFIC IKC, and he is a member of both the Materials Science and Engineering Department, and Chemical Engineering Department at Swansea University.

He is President of the Royal Society of Chemistry Environment, Sustainability and Energy Community Council and an Honorary Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa.

His research is focused upon the photochemistry of materials that are useful for low-cost photovoltaic applications, with the goal of improving stability, sustainability, light harvesting efficiency and performance. This mainly focusses on perovskite photovoltaics, and he is particularly interested in the characterisation of re-manufactured devices and developing materials and processes to enable re-use and re-manufacture within a circular economy. Prof. Davies strongly believes that access to sustainable and renewable energy is a necessary precondition to achieving many of the Sustainable Development Goals, extending far beyond the energy sector and that renewable energy technologies that operate within a circular economy have the potential to maximise social, health, educational and environmental benefits.

Listen to Swansea University's Exploring Global Problems Podcast where Dr Davies discusses his global work in next generation solar energy technology and how we're making renewable energy sustainable.

Professor Matthew Davies: Inaugural Lecture, 2022