School of Physics & Astronomy

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Robert Temperton

EPSRC doctoral prize fellow,



I am a postdoctoral researcher working in the fields of surface science and physical chemistry. My research focuses on using photoelectron spectroscopy to probe complex molecular systems relevant to light harvesting devices - particularly solar cells and photo-electrochemical water splitting.

Depositing molecules onto atomically clean surfaces in ultra-high vacuum allows chemical bonding, electronic states and charge transfer interactions to be probed by a range of soft X-ray spectroscopes, both in the lab at Nottingham and at synchrotron radiation facilities around the world. At the cutting edge of photoelectron spectroscopy is the capability to measure samples at elevated pressures of ~1 mbar (around a billion times higher pressure than traditional ultra-high vacuum experiments). This so called "high pressure photoelectron spectroscopy" allows us to help bridge the gap between traditional surface science and "real world" conditions. My current research uses this technique to study photo-catatalytic reaction cycles that allow the production of hydrogen gas, from water, using sunlight - a potential environmentally friendly, carbon-free energy storage solution.

School of Physics and Astronomy

The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham NG7 2RD

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