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Group Leader

Dr. Sam Stranks


Sam Stranks (@samstranks) is a Royal Society University Research Fellow, TED Fellow, Group Leader at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge. He graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2007 with a BA (German and Applied Mathematics), BSc (Physics and Physical Chemistry), BSc (First Class Honours in Physics) and a University Medal. He completed his PhD as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University with Robin Nicholas, receiving the 2012 Institute of Physics Roy Thesis Prize for his work on carbon nantoube/polymer blends for organic solar cell applications. From 2012-2014, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher in Henry Snaith’s group at Oxford University where he was also a Junior Research Fellow at Worcester College and Lecturer in Physics at Corpus Christi College. From 2014-2016, he was a Marie Curie Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology working jointly with Vladimir Bulovic and Richard Friend (Cambridge). Sam received the 2016 IUPAP Young Scientist in Semiconductor Physics Prize for "pioneering discoveries in the field of perovskite solar cells and optoelectronics through spectroscopy” and in 2017 was awarded the Early Career Prize by the European Physical Society and named by the MIT Technology Review as one of the 35 under 35 innovators in Europe. He was recently listed by Clarivate Analytics as one of the top 10 most influential researchers in the world by citations of hot papers.

Full publications list on Google Scholar here.


Postdoctoral Researchers

Miguel Anaya

                   Geraud Delport

     Miguel              Geraud
           Started April 2018.                                Started February 2018.


Krzysztof Galkowski

  Started February 2018.


PhD Students

Zahra Andaji-Garmaroudi

Alan Bowman

Zahra's research and work experience have been on nanotechnology innovations that could help to boost solar power, which is a technology that can be a key component of our future, green energy supply system due to its easy availability, cleanness and cheap energy resources. Started October 2016 (co-supervised by Richard Friend).  Alan's PhD focuses on trying to combine low band-gap perovskites with singlet fission materials. A realisation of this new class of solar cells would have the potential to overcome the Shockley-Queisser limit in a simple and cheap fashion, with the potential to revolutionise wider solar panel technologies. Started April 2017.





Tiarnan Doherty

Stuart MacPherson

tiarnan            stuart
Started October 2017

Started October 2017






Edoardo Ruggeri

Camille Stavrakas


Started October 2017.

Camille is a NanoDTC PhD student focusing on novel microscale luminescence approaches and determining connections between local luminescence and local chemical and structural properties in perovskites. Started May 2017.



M. Phil Students

Kangyu Ji


Kangyu is focusing on film composition and architecture of perovskite solar cells. Beyond that he does some music composing and production including jazz, pop song and film scoring. He also loves anime and strategy games.

Part III Students

Harry Jones (2017/2018)


Other Students

Josh Tuffnell (NanoDTC Mini project with Dr Rachel Oliver)

Ruyi Huang (MPhil in Micro- and Nanotechnology Enterprise)


Visiting Researchers

Kyle Frohna (Trinity College Dublin)

Interested in the unique recombination processes that occur in perovskites in order to improve the efficiency of perovskite solar cells. 

Alumni/Past Visitors

Bluebell Drummond (NanoDTC Mini project with Dr Laura Torrente and Dr Robert Hoye, 2017/2018)

Kilian Lohmann (Part III Master's Student, 2017)

Daniel Ramirez (University of Antioquia, 2017/2018)

Joshua Tuffnell (Nano DTC Mini Project with Dr Rachel Oliver, 2018)

Taylor Uekert (Nano DTC Mini Project with Dr Hannah Joyce, 2017)

Zhuo (Joe) Yang (Visitor from CNRS-Toulouse, February 2017)

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