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”.

Michael Allan (since 10/2018)

Michael is a final year PhD student funded by an EPSRC DTP studentship. He obtained his undergraduate degree from University of Glasgow. Michael’s PhD focuses on exploring novel reaction media for the solar-driven production of hydrogen fuel.

Sophie Powell (since 10/2021)

Sophie is a final year MChem student. Her project is focusing on homogeneous photocatalysts for generating hydrogen.

Anna Catton (since 1/2022)

Anna is a final year BSc student. Her project is focusing on new deep eutectic solvents for solar hydrogen generation.

Ellie O’Neill (since 1/2022)

Ellie is a final year BSc student. Her project is focusing on photoreactor development.


Sophie Powell (1/2021 – 5/2021)

BSc 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
Will move 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