Dr. Elizabeth Gibson

Dr Gibson took up a lectureship at Newcastle in September 2014 and was promoted to Reader in 2018. Previously, she was awarded a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship and a University of Nottingham Anne McLaren Research Fellowship 2010, having spent 3 years as a post-doc at the Centre for Molecular Devices, Uppsala University, Sweden, developing dye-sensitized solar cells. She completed my PhD in 2007 at the University of York, supervised by Robin Perutz FRS and Anne-Kathrin Duhme-Klair.

Research in the group focuses on solar cell and solar fuel devices that function at a molecular level and challenge the conventional solid-state photovoltaic technologies. The group specialises in dye-sensitized nanostructured NiO electrodes, which are less well understood than conventional TiO2 devices pioneered by Grätzel, but when coupled with TiO2 give very promising tandem dye-sensitized solar cells. 

The activities in our Laboratory span from fundamental science and physical chemical characterisation of these complex molecular systems, to development of new material components such as nanostructured photoelectrodes, dyes and electrolytes.