Group photo 2022-01-21

Sophie, Moritz, Anna (top), Ellie, Michael (bottom)

Dr Moritz F. Kuehnel ORCID iD icon


Moritz studied Chemistry at Freie Universität Berlin and obtained his PhD under the supervision of Dieter Lentz, developing homogeneous catalysts for selective C-F bond activation (link to PhD thesis) within the DFG Doctoral Training Centre ‘Fluorine as a Key Element‘. After a short stay with Thomas Braun at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, he joined Erwin Reisner’s lab in Cambridge to develop molecular electrocatalysts for CO2 reduction within the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Sustainable Syngas Chemistry. In 2018, Moritz moved to Swansea University as a Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry. In 2020, he was promoted to Senior Lecturer (full CV). In December 2020, Moritz took up a part-time appointment as group leader at Fraunhofer IMWS in Leuna, Germany. In 2022, the hydrogen business unit became part of Fraunhofer IWES and Moritz was promoted to head of the department “Hydrogen Labs and Field Tests”. In 2023, Moritz received an offer of appointment as a Professor for Inorganic Chemistry (Chair) at Hohenheim University in Stuttgart, Germany.

Léonard Olivotto (since 10/2022)

Leónard is a PhD student co-funded by Swansea University and Université Grenoble-Alpes (IDEX). His collaborative project is split between the labs of Alan Le Goff (Université Grenoble Alpes), Chrstine Cavazza (CEA Grenoble) and the Kuehnel Lab and focuses on using redox enzymes in non-aqueous media for solar fuel production


Michael Allan (10/2018 – 1/2023)

PhD student (EPSRC), then research assistant (Ser Cymru, HEFCW).
Moved to University of Michigan for a postdoc with Prof. Eranda Nikolla.

Anna Catton (1/2022 – 5/2022)

BSc project student

Ellie O’Neill (1/2022 – 5/2022)

BSc project student

Sophie Powell (1/2021 – 5/2021 and 9/2021 – 5/2022)

BSc and MChem project student

Ethan Tull (1/2021 – 5/2021)

BSc project student

Ellis Willis (1/2021 – 5/2021)

BSc project student

Morgan McKee (1/2020 – 5/2020 and 9/2020 – 7/2021)

BSc and MChem project student
Moved to University of Montreal for a PhD with Prof. Nikolay Kornienko.

Ryan O’Neill (3/2019-3/2021)

MSc by research student funded by EPSRC

Max Kutter (3/2018 – 6/2018 and 10/2018 – 4/2019)

Erasmus+ fellow from Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.
Moved to University of Bayreuth for a PhD with Prof. Christina Roth.

Martins Osaigbovo Omorogie, PhD (12/2018 – 4/2019)

ACU Blue Charter Fellow from Redeemer’s University, Nigeria

César Feniou (6/2019 – 9/2019)

Summer intern from Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay

Saleh Alofi (1/2019 – 1/2020)

MSc by research student funded by Taibah University, Medina
Moved to Queen’s University Belfast for a PhD