Research Group

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr Adam Jackson


Adam grew up in London before moving to the University of Bath to obtain an MEng in Chemical Engineering. Through the inter-disciplinary Center for Sustainable Chemical Technologies he found himself working on energy materials in the computational chemistry research group of Professor Aron Walsh. This led to a PhD studying the thermodynamics of the Cu-Zn-Sn-S system for solar energy materials. At UCL Adam is working to understand and improve a range of transparent conducting oxide materials. Adam enjoys producing, performing and criticising music as well as attending live events. Likes: thermodynamics, real ale, Emacs, black coffee, Arctangent Festival. Dislikes: Radio One, ineffective hand dryers.

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PhD Students: 1st Supervisor

James Pegg 2013-2017


James T. Pegg obtained a MSc in Chemistry from the University of Nottingham. There, his final year project entitled ‘Investigation 3+2 Cycloadditions Towards the Total Synthesis of Securinine’ specialised in Organic Chemistry. He moved to University College London where he obtain a MRes in Molecular Modelling and Materials Science in 2014. His EngD focuses on the computational modelling of the actinide oxides. He is especially interested in teaching and demonstrating. In his spare time he enjoys pubs, walks and traveling.

Ben Williamson 2014-2017

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Ben Williamson is originally from Rochester in Kent and has just completed a Masters in Chemistry from UCL. His 4th year project was on the ‘Computational Design of Next Generation P-Type Semiconductors’, looking at layered oxychalcogenides for TCO applications under the supervision of Dr. David Scanlon. He also carried out a literature review in his third year on the topic of Z-Scheme materials for photovoltaics and photocatalysis. Ben’s PhD work will be looking into mechanisms for doping and alloying TiO2 in order to improve upon the light harvesting abilities for photocatalytic applications such as water splitting and antimicrobial surfaces. Outside of Chemistry, Ben is an illustrious tenor, keen cyclist and like any Chemist, enjoys a drink.

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Chris Savory 2014-2017


Chris is from West Sussex, and spent his time as an undergraduate at the University of Oxford, graduating with an first class MChem degree. He spent his final year there attempting to find geometrical frustration in a variety of metal pseudohalide salts. Now at UCL, Chris is moving further into computational chemistry and will be attempting the prediction and synthesis of hybrid perovskite materials for use in photovoltaics. Away from the lab, Chris is a bit of a quiz enthusiast, and also likes to play squash, video games and to try to get through his collection of unread books.

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Alex Ganose 2014-2018


Alex Ganose is from Manchester, he defected to London to study Natural Sciences at UCL where he received a first. His 4th year project was with Dr Hugo Bronstein, synthesising novel covalent organic frameworks for use in gas storage. Alex’s PhD project is focused on ab initio prediction of new materials for photovoltaic cells. He spends too much time in front of a computer.

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Wei Winnie Leung 2016-2019


Winnie Leung is originally from Hong Kong and moved to England when she was 17. She graduated with a first in MSci Chemistry and decided to stay on for her PhD project, jointly supervised by Dr. David Scanlon and Dr Robert Palgrave. Her PhD project is about transparent conducting metal oxides for renewable energy applications, which she will be studying using a combination of computational and experimental techniques. When she is away from the lab, she likes to go swimming and eats a lot of cakes! (Work hard and eat hard!) she also likes travelling and her dream is to travel to Mars one day! Oh and she is also a snapchat addict so watch out for Winnie if she’s around!


Visiting PhD Students

Zhenyu Wang 2016-2018


Zhenyu Wang is from Xi’an, China, and he will study in UCL as a joint PhD student for 18 months. He used to work on the catalytic cathodes of lithium air batteries (LABs). Now at UCL, Zhenyu will start a new project focused on the new materials for hybrid perovskite solar cells under the supervision of Dr David Scanlon and Professor Chunming Niu. Zhenyu enjoys material structure characterization and properties prediction of new materials, and is familiar most of the popular density functional theory packages. Outside of the lab, Zhenyu likes to play ping pong and spend time delving into the go game.

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PhD Students: 2nd Supervisor

Felicity Taylor 2014-2017


Felicity Taylor is originally from Bedfordshire and completed her undergraduate degree in York, receiving a first class MChem, before moving to UCL to study for her PhD. Under the supervision of Prof. Richard Catlow, Dr John Buckeridge and Dr David Scanlon, Felicity is modelling defects and ion migration in potential cathode materials for solid oxide fuel cells, focusing on LaFeO3 based materials. When not in front of a computer, Felicity volunteers for St John Ambulance and likes to bake and go on hikes.

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Dominic Chaopradith 2014-2017


Dominic is from Jersey in the Channel Islands and studied for his undergraduate MChem degree at the University of Bath. His 4th year project involved catalyst synthesis for bio-diesel production from algal feedstocks under the supervision of Professor Matthew Davidson. Dominic’s PhD work focuses on simulating catalytic partial oxidation of methane on yttria-stabilized zirconia through the use of density functional theory calculations. He has won university national championships in both American football and cheerleading.

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Jon Rackham 2014-2018


Jon is from Maidstone, Kent and graduated from Cambridge with a BA and MSci in Experimental and Theoretical Physics. His Masters project on magnetic phase plates was conducted in the Thin Film Magnetism group of the Cavendish laboratory where he continued to work on thin film growth. After an internship with Oxford Instruments NanoAnalysis he started his PhD under Dr Michelle Moram of Imperial College and Dr David Scanlon of UCL in the CDT in the Advanced Characterisation of Materials. He is studying the growth and characterisation of polar/non-polar oxide heterostructures for use in wide band gap devices. His work with Dr Scanlon will be modelling the systems in parallel to the experimental work. When not in a lab Jon can probably be found on one of his many bikes or enjoying a few beverages while fixing them.

Qing Hou 2016-2020

Qing Hou

Qing Hou is originally from China. Her PhD project is on atomistic simulations of transparent conducting oxides under the supervision of Professor Richard Catlow and Dr David Scanlon. Outside the lab, Qing enjoys fitness, dancing and travelling.

Jone-Him Tsang 2016-2020


Jone is from London and studied at the University of Sussex for his undergraduate MChem degree. His fourth year project was on the ‘Synthesis of Sterically Hindered Low Coordinate Metal Centres for Small Molecule Activation’ under the supervision of Dr John Turner. Now at UCL, Jone is working on his MRes in Molecular Modelling and Materials Science. His EngD which is jointly supervised by Dr Chris Blackman and Dr David Scanlon focuses on low power metal oxide based gas sensors. Away from chemistry, Jone likes to play american football and spend his time in front of a computer.


Masters Students 2016-2017

Nana Afua Baffour


Nana Afua Baffour is from London and is a final year MSci student at University College London. Her final year project is focused on computationally predicting novel materials for potential use in solar cell applications. Away from Chemistry, Nana enjoys leading volunteering activities in Ghana and collecting succulents.

James Bolland


James is originally from Hong Kong and is in his 4th year at UCL studying Natural Sciences. In third year he completed a literature review on Organic Photovoltaics (OPVs), and his fourth year Masters project will be on next-generation thermoelectric (TE) materials. Studying aside, James can usually be found either in the ULU pool playing waterpolo or at home playing on the computer.

Alex Squires


Alex is from Reading, and is in the final year of a Chemistry Msci at UCL. His third year literature project on the prospects for p-type transparent conducting oxides developed a keen interest in electronic materials, and this year he will be computationally screening new materials for applications in photocatalysis, with promising candidates being put forward for experimental testing by collaborators in the department. Outside the lab, he is the president of UCLU Folk and World Music Society and does a lot of singing, walking and drinking.

Lauran Kilmartin


Lauran is a Chemical Research MSc student from Dublin, Ireland. She completed her bachelors degree close to home in Trinity College Dublin, which included an erasmus semester in Universita di Bologna where she carried out a computational investigation into donor/acceptor polymers for use in solar cells under Prof. Fabrizia Negri. Lauran enjoys reading, learning languages, and hopes to see as much ballet and theatre as possible during her time in London.

Harriet Bowyer


Harriet is from Wigan and is a current MSc Molecular modelling student at University College London; previously had studied Chemistry at Keele University. Her research project will be focused on the electronic properties of hybrid inorganic halide-based perovskites. Away from her studies Harriet enjoys the outdoors, which includes walking, rowing and kayaking.

Isabelle Heath-Apostolopoulos


Isabelle is from Greece and graduated from Queen Mary last year with a first in Pharmaceutical Chemistry. She is currently doing an MRes in Molecular Modeling and Materials Science, with a research project on earth abundant solar absorbers. In her spare time she enjoys cycling, drawing and going camping.

Rui Huang


Rui Huang is from Nanjing, China, and he will study in UCL as an MSc student for one year. He decides to join Dr. David Scanlon’s research group for his Master project. His project is about understaning the low thermal conductivity of a novel thermoelectric material, which he will be studying using several computational techniques. Outside the lab, Rui wants to try every delicious food in London. He also likes travelling with friends.