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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 new PhD students

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.


Project: Research council

Cadmium telluride
Carbon footprint
Thin films

Supergen Consortium Renewal

Walker, A., Cameron, P. & Peter, L.


Project: Research council

Solar cells
Coloring Agents
Research laboratories
Charge carriers
Nanostructured materials

Supergen Consortium Renewal

Cameron, P., Peter, L. & Walker, A.


Project: Research council

Energy conversion
Solar energy
Hydrogen production

Research Output 2001 2018

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., 2018, In : Applied Catalysis B: Environmental. 42 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Oxygen vacancies
Thin films
Spray pyrolysis
51 Citations (Scopus)

Microseconds, milliseconds and seconds: Deconvoluting the dynamic behaviour of planar perovskite solar cells

Pockett, A., Eperon, G. E., Sakai, N., Snaith, H. J., Peter, L. M. & Cameron, P. J., 2017, In : Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics . 19, 8, p. 5959-5970 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
solar cells
Perovskite solar cells
7 Citations (Scopus)

Optoelectronic and spectroscopic characterization of vapour-transport grown Cu2ZnSnS4 single crystals

Ng, T. M., Weller, M. T., Kissling, G. P., Peter, L. M., Dale, P., Babbe, F., De Wild, J., Wenger, B., Snaith, H. J. & Lane, D., 21 Jan 2017, In : Journal of Materials Chemistry A. 5, 3, p. 1192-1200 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Optoelectronic devices
Single crystals
Energy gap
77 Citations (Scopus)

Photocurrent of BiVO4 is limited by surface recombination, not surface catalysis

Zachäus, C., Abdi, F. F., Peter, L. M. & Van De Krol, R., 1 May 2017, In : Chemical Science. 8, 5, p. 3712-3719 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Charge transfer
Semiconductor materials
7 Citations (Scopus)

Revealing the Influence of Doping and Surface Treatment on the Surface Carrier Dynamics in Hematite Nanorod Photoanodes

Gurudayal, Peter, L. M., Wong, L. H. & Abdi, F. F., 29 Nov 2017, In : ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. 9, 47, p. 41265-41272 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Surface treatment
Rate constants
Doping (additives)