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26 March 2020 – Kuehnel Lab donates chemicals for the manufacutre of hand sanitiser



18 March 2020 – University shutdown due to Covid-19

Swansea University has suspended all face-to-face teaching and closed all labs and offices. We are all working in home office now – but in lieu of a home lab we have shut down all research activity until further notice.

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6 March 2020 – Warm-up for next week’s staff vs. students match

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1 March 2020 – Moritz promoted to Senior Lecturer

Moritz is now officially as old as he feels – and tenured.



19 February 2020 – Michael presents his work

Michael talks about his PhD project at the departmental seminar and gets some tricky questions. Well done!

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5 February 2020 – Moritz among top ACIE reviewers

Moritz is among the top 5% of reviewers for Angewandte Chemie in terms of number of reports completed. There is a good chance he might review your next paper!

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30 January 2020 – Swansea Research and Innovation Awards

Moritz is shortlisted for the Swansea University Research and Innovation Award in the Rising Star category. Congratulations to the winner Dr Jenny Baker!

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29 January 2020 – Welcome Morgan

Morgan McKee starts his 3rd year research project on photocatalytic dye degradation. Good luck!

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20 January 2020 – Michael in Bath

Michael visits Frank Marken’s lab to get proper electrochemistry training. Many thanks to Frank and his group!

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14 January 2020 – Don’t Waste Waste!

Thanks to Dr Sultan Al-Salem and the British Council for organising the Joint Workshop on Plastic-to-Fuel Recovery held at Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research.

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9 January 2020 – Saleh passes his Master’s viva

Congratulations to Saleh Alofi for working very hard to become the first graduate of the new Chemistry Department at Swansea University – well done! Many thanks to the examiners Dr. Caroline Knapp and Dr. James Ryan, to the chair Prof. Owen Guy and to Taibah University for generously funding Saleh!

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7 January 2020 – Avisek wins Newton-Bhaba placement

Congratulations to Avisek Dutta who will join us in May from IACS Kolkata on a Newton-Bhaba PhD placement.

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8 December 2019 – Electrochemistry Workshop in India

Many thanks to Mark Symes and Muhammed Musthafa for organising the Newton-Bhabha UK-India Researcher Links Workshop on New Electrochemical Technologies for Sustainable Fuels, Chemicals and Industrial Processes in Pune. Many thanks to the Newton-Bhaba Fund for funding this event!

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27 November 2019 – PhD opportunity

We are looking for a talented PhD candidate to join the Kuehnel Lab via Swansea University’s SURES scholarship programme. Details here. Contact Moritz if you are interested.



21 November 2019 – Paper in ACS Catalysis

Read our work on the impact of supramolecular chemistry on electrochemical CO2 reduction (link to paper).



21 October 2019 – GCRF funding awarded!

The Kuehnel Lab successfully receives funding from the Global Challenges Research Fund to undertake a joint project with Dr Omorogie at Redeemer’s University, Nigeria on locally produced photocatalysts.

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5 September 2019 – French connection

Moritz meets with collaborators at Université Grenoble Alpes as part of the Swansea-Grenoble strategic partnership.

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16 August 2019 – Bye César

Farewell to César before he returns to Paris after his internship – we will miss you!

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29 July 2019 – Check out our new kit

Thanks to eBay and Alibaba, we now have another Newport solar simulator and a custom-made quartz water bath.

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26 July 2019 – Watch César’s video



9 July 2019 – Steve wins ACU Blue Charter Fellowship!

Congratulations to Dr Steven Barrow from RMIT Melbourne who will join the lab in early 2020 to combat marine plastic pollution.



23 June 2019 – Kuehnel Lab goes the extra mile

Michael and Moritz successfully run the Swansea Half Marathon. Not everyone is happy with the rankings. Is there going to be a rematch, soon?

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4 June 2019 – Congratulations Max!

Max Kutter passes his Master’s viva at Freie Universität Berlin – making him the first Kuehnel Lab graduate!



3 June 2019 – Welcome César!

César Feniou joins the lab as a summer intern from ENS Paris Saclay.



31 May 2019 – And … action!

Russian channel “Science” are shooting a report on our plastics work.

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1 April 2019 – Paper in Nature Catalysis accepted

Read our work on photoelectrochemical CO2 reduction using Co(terpy) on p-Si (link to paper).



27 February 2019 – Welcome Ryan!

Ryan O’Neill joins the lab as a joint PhD student with Dan Eastwood (Biosciences) on an EPSRC studentship.



12 February 2019 – New glove box

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Our Saffron glove box was installed, thanks to EPSRC (EP/S017925/1).


4 February 2019 – Paper in Angewandte Chemie accepted

Read our work on ZnSe nanorods for solar-driven hydrogen generation (link to paper).



16 January 2019 – Welcome Saleh!

Saleh Alofi starts as a Master’s student.



14 January 2019 – Welcome Martins!

Dr. Martins Omorogie joins the lab as a visiting academic from Redeemer’s University.



11 December 2018 – Moritz live on BBC Radio

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27 November 2018 – Martins Omorogie awarded ACU Fellowship

Congratulation to Dr. Martins Omorogie from Redeemer’s University, Nigeria for securing an ACU Blue Charter Fellowship to join our lab.



1 October 2018 – Welcome Michael and Max!

Michael Allan starts his PhD on an EPSRC studentship.

Max Kutter returns as an Erasmus+ fellow for his Master’s project.



6 September 2018 – Plastics paper goes viral!

Our paper on hydrogen from plastics is featured on BBC and Chemistry World.



23 August 2018 – Paper in Energy & Environmental Science accepted

Read our work on solar-driven hydrogen generation from waste plastics (link to paper).



12 May 2018 – Paper in Chemistry – A European Journal accepted

Read our work on oxygen-tolerant hydrogen generation (link to paper).



26 March 2018 – GC up and running

Our brand new Shimadzu GC was installed in the lab. Time to make some hydrogen!

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12 March 2018 – Welcome Max!

Maximilian Kutter from Freie Universität Berlin joins the Kuehnel Lab as Erasmus+ fellow.



24 January 2018 – Paper in Chemical Science accepted

Read our latest work on photocatalytic CO2 reduction using Ni(cyclam) and ZnSe quantum dots (link to paper).



8 December 2017 – Paper in Angewandte Chemie accepted

Read our review on photocatalytic hydrogen production from biomass (link to paper).



15 November 2017 – Getting started

See our shiny lab and office space in the new Chemistry Department.

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Our Solar Light Simulator has arrived from the US!SLS in crate