I am a new lecturer in the recently re-opened Chemistry Department at Swansea University. Our research is based on integrating molecular catalysts with nanomaterials into functional hybrid materials for solar fuel generation. Research projects cover a broad range of energy-related topics including photo- and electrocatalytic CO2 reduction and H2 generation with quantum dots, photo-electrochemical H2 evolution using perovskites and photocatalytic reforming of 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

Publications

  1. & Solar-driven reduction of aqueous CO2 with a cobalt bis(terpyridine)-based photocathode. Nature Catalysis 2(4), 354-365.
  2. & ZnSe Nanorods as Visible-Light Absorbers for Photocatalytic and Photoelectrochemical H2 Evolution in Water. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 58(15), 5059-5063.
  3. & Plastic waste as a feedstock for solar-driven H2 generation. Energy & Environmental Science 11(10), 2853-2857.
  4. & Reactivity of rhodium hydrido and silyl complexes towards 1,1-difluoroallene. Journal of Fluorine Chemistry 214, 80-85.
  5. & Solar Hydrogen Generation from Lignocellulose. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 57(13), 3290-3296.

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Teaching

  • 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, continuing reports on their project, and a final oral and 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.

Supervision

  • Photocatalyst design for solar-driven valorisation of waste (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Mariolino Carta
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    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Sudhagar Pitchaimuthu
  • The Generation of Solar Fuels in Unconventional Reaction Media (current)

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

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Sudhagar Pitchaimuthu
  • Hybrid biological-synthetic biomass utilisation through the combination of biotechnology and solar photocatalysis (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Dan Eastwood