Tilden Prize 2012 Winner


Professor James Durrant
Professor James Durrant
Imperial College London

For his world-leading contributions to the function and design of molecular and nanostructured materials for solar energy conversion including both dye-sensitized photovoltaics and photo-electrodes for solar-driven fuel synthesis.


About the Winner


James Durrant is Professor of Photochemistry, and Head of the Nanostructured Materials and Devices Section in the Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London. He is also Deputy Director of Imperial College's Energy Futures Lab and co-Director of Imperial's Centre for Plastic Electronics.

Following undergraduate studies in Physics, his PhD and postdoctoral studies focused on the primary processes of plant photosynthesis. He joined the Chemistry Department in 1999, where he established an interdisciplinary research group focusing upon chemical approaches to solar energy conversion - harnessing solar energy either to produce electricity (photovoltaics) or molecular fuels (e.g.: hydrogen).

His research is based around employing transient optical and optoelectronic techniques to address materials function, and thereby elucidate design principles which enable technological development. His research has a particular focus upon nanostructured and molecular materials, including semiconducting polymers and fullerenes and nanocrystalline oxides. His group is currently addressing the development and functional characterisation of organic solar cells and photoelectrodes for solar fuel generation.

He has published over 230 research papers and 5 patents. James is a member of the RSC Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division Council, and through this division working to promote Solar to Fuels activities across the UK.

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