I am a lecturer in inorganic chemistry at Swansea's recently re-opened Chemistry Department. Our research is based on integrating molecular and biological catalysts with nanomaterials into functional hybrid materials for solar fuel generation. Our work covers a broad range of energy-related topics including photo- and electrocatalytic CO2 reduction and H2 generation with quantum dots and photocatalytic reforming of waste plastics and biomass. We are also interested in combining fluorine chemistry with solar energy conversion.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Photocatalysis
  • Electrochemistry
  • CO2 reduction
  • H2 evolution
  • Biomass utilisation
  • Fluorine chemistry


  1. Leung, J., Warnan, J., Ly, K., Heidary, N., Nam, D., Kuehnel, M., Reisner, E. Solar-driven reduction of aqueous CO2 with a cobalt bis(terpyridine)-based photocathode Nature Catalysis 2 4 354 365
  2. Kuehnel, M., Creissen, C., Sahm, C., Wielend, D., Schlosser, A., Orchard, K., Reisner, E. ZnSe Nanorods as Visible-Light Absorbers for Photocatalytic and Photoelectrochemical H2 Evolution in Water Angewandte Chemie International Edition 58 15 5059 5063
  3. Uekert, T., Kuehnel, M., Wakerley, D., Reisner, E. Plastic waste as a feedstock for solar-driven H2 generation Energy & Environmental Science 11 10 2853 2857
  4. Raza, A., Kuehnel, M., Talavera, M., Teltewskoi, M., Ahrens, M., Kläring, P., Braun, T., Lentz, D. Reactivity of rhodium hydrido and silyl complexes towards 1,1-difluoroallene Journal of Fluorine Chemistry 214 80 85
  5. Kuehnel, M., Reisner, E. Solar Hydrogen Generation from Lignocellulose Angewandte Chemie International Edition 57 13 3290 3296

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  • CH-127 Chemical Practice

    This module will introduce students to the three broad employment areas for chemistry: research, teaching or industrial positions. The lecture portion will cover fundamental aspects of being a professional chemist including safety, report writing, project management, and teaching skills. Students will then spend 60 hours with research faculty, on an industrial field trip or serving as a teacher's aide. Assessment will be by coursework and a written report.

  • CH-232 Further Inorganic Chemistry

    This module will continue discussion of concepts traditionally considered to be inorganic chemistry studying the structure and bonding of main group and transition metal compounds and major classes of reactions. Symmetry and group theory will also be introduced in this module. Note: it is expected that material, techniques and skills covered in the course of this module will require understanding of any prior module. The module will have a variety of formative assessment opportunities and summative assessments that include writing of technical reports, a presentation, homework, workshops, and an exam.

  • CH-340 Advanced Topics in Inorganic and Materials Chemistry

    This module will provide a fuller and more comprehensive understanding of inorganic chemistry built upon the principles introduced in Years 1 and 2. It will illustrate how various classes of inorganic compounds and materials, including coordination compounds and coordination polymers, cluster compounds, organometallic compounds, nanomaterials and colloidal inorganic nanoparticles, porous materials and supramolecular systems are prepared and characterised. The student will gain an understanding of inorganic materials properties and of the principles and experimental techniques that underpin their synthesis. The module will illustrate specific applications of inorganic materials and nanomaterials and will show the importance and use of inorganic chemistry, nanomaterials and metal-containing units in biology and medicine.

  • CH-345 Materials Chemistry Project

    3rd year projects are the opportunity to bring all you've learnt during your degree together and apply that knowledge to solve a problem. In Swansea these projects can be embedded in active research groups across the colleges of science, engineering or medicine, allowing you to build a network and experience in your chosen specialism within the chemical sciences. These projects are your opportunity to demonstrate to employers that you have a full understanding of your course and are able to direct your own studies, manage an independent research project and effectively communicate your findings. This selection suggests an interest in a project embedded within a research group in engineering, focusing on materials chemistry or chemical engineering

  • CH-349 Integrated Topics in Chemistry

    This module gives students the opportunity to explore options within Chemistry, giving opportunity to apply prior learning to advanced research topics and allowing students to pursue more specialised topics related to their research interests and aligned with the research areas represented within the Department. Study areas available will include advanced spectroscopic techniques, the application of instrumentation in chemistry, as well as more advanced synthetic pathways and a return to more integrated study of the traditional branches of organic/inorganic/physical chemistry. Classes will be supported with workshops which will help students gain a thorough understanding of the integrated nature of Chemistry at an advanced level. Where possible, topics will be taught using relevant examples from primary literature, encouraging students to evaluate and appraise a range of primary literature sources and locate appropriate new sources. The module is designed to be flexible to allow the content to vary with the research areas represented within the Department.


  • Tackling Acid Mine Drainage Pollutant through Solar Energy based Photoelectrocatalysis Technology (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Sudhagar Pitchaimuthu
  • Hybrid biological-synthetic biomass utilisation and valorisation through the combination of biotechnology and solar photocatalysis«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /» (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Dan Eastwood
  • The Generation of Solar Fuels in Unconventional Reaction Media (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Juan Mareque-Rivas
  • Developing and Optimising a Photoelectrocatalyst for Water Pollutant Treatment. «br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /» «br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /» (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Sudhagar Pitchaimuthu
  • Photocatalyst design for solar-driven valorisation of waste (awarded 2020)

    Other supervisor: Dr Mariolino Carta