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Research interests

My current research interests lie in the field of solar energy conversion – using sunlight to generate electricity or to produce useful fuels to replace oil.  I am particularly interested in the way that chemistry can contribute to addressing the problem of global climate change by developing viable alternatives to fossil fuels.  In recent years, my group has worked extensively on dye-sensitized solar cells, devices that mimic the processes taking place in photosynthesis. Since transferring to a part-time post, I have turned my attention to trying to develop new solar cells that are based on non-toxic earth-abundant materials.  I currently work with 4 other universities on a large EPSRC-funded project called PVTeam – PhotoVoltaic Technology based on Earth Abundant Materials.  In addition, I have an interest in new types of solar cells based on compounds called lead halide perovskites, or simply perovskites for short.  These have had a huge impact because they are much more efficient than most other solar cells and are easy to make.  Unfortunately, so far, they are not stable enough to use practically. I collaborate with several European research centres, including the Helmholtz Centre, Berlin, the Ludwig-Maximillian Universität, München and the Technische Universität Darmstadt. I am also external advisor for three very large projects in Germany: the P2X Kopernikus project, the Cluster of Excellence Nanosystems Initiative Munich (NIM) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft project SPP1613 on light-driven hydrogen generation from water.

Willing to supervise PhD

Please note that Professor Peter is unable to supervise PhD students or to host postdoctoral researchers and academic visitors

Education/Academic qualification

Chemistry, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Southampton

1 Oct 196630 Sep 1969

Chemistry, Bachelor of Science, University of Southampton

1 Sep 19621 Jul 1966


  • QD Chemistry
  • Electrochemistry
  • Photovoltaics

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Projects 2004 2018


Peter, L., Walsh, A. & Weller, M.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council


Project: Research council

Cadmium telluride
Carbon footprint
Thin films
Solar cells
Coloring Agents
Research laboratories
Charge carriers
Nanostructured materials
Energy conversion
Solar energy
Hydrogen production

Research Output 1995 2019

Characterization of cadmium sulfide buffer layers using electrolyte contacts

Deng, W., Peter, L., Lisco, F. & Bowers, J., 1 Feb 2019, In : Thin Solid Films. 671, p. 12-17 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Photoelectrochemical kinetics: Hydrogen evolution on p-type semiconductors

Peter, L., 1 Jan 2019, In : Journal of the Electrochemical Society. 166, 5, p. H3125-H3132

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Spectral response mapping of co-sensitized dye-sensitized solar cells dyed processed using rapid adsorption/desorption

Jones, E. W., Holliman, P. J. & Peter, L. M., 1 Sep 2019, In : Materials Letters: X. 3, 100015.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)

Contrasting Transient Photocurrent Characteristics for Thin Films of Vacuum-Doped “Grey” TiO2 and “Grey” Nb2O5

Araújo, M. A., Gromboni, M. F., Marken, F., Parker, S., Peter, L., Turner, J., Aspinall, H. C., Black, K. & Mascaro, L., 5 Dec 2018, In : Applied Catalysis B: Environmental. 237, p. 339-352 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Oxygen vacancies
Thin films
Spray pyrolysis
1 Citation (Scopus)

Enhanced external quantum efficiency from Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 solar cells prepared form nanoparticle inks

Yu, Y., Zoppi, G., Peter, L., Jourdain, S. & Beattie, N., 6 Jun 2018, In : Japanese Journal of Applied Physics. 57, 8S3, 8 p., 08RC01.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access


An Investigation of Tin Chalcogenide Precursors and Thin Film Materials for Applications in Energy Harvesting Devices

Author: Ahmet, I., 26 Apr 2017

Supervisor: Johnson, A. (Supervisor), Hill, M. (Supervisor), Molloy, K. (Supervisor) & Peter, L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

Aqueous Dye Sensitized Solar Cells

Author: Risbridger, T., 31 Oct 2013

Supervisor: Cameron, P. (Supervisor) & Peter, L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Bio-Photo-Voltaic Cells (Photosynthetic-Microbial Fuel Cells)

Author: Thorne, R., 7 Mar 2012

Supervisor: Cameron, P. (Supervisor), Peter, L. (Supervisor) & Dent, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Charge Transport and Recombination in Dye-Sensitized Nanocrystalline Solar Cells

Author: Lobato, K., 28 Nov 2007

Supervisor: Peter, L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Electrochemical and Spectroelectrochemical Studies of Dyes used in Dye-sensitized Solar Cells

Author: Fattori, A., 1 Apr 2010

Supervisor: Peter, L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD