Welcome to the Schroeder Research Group! We are a synthetic chemistry group based at the Chemistry Department at University College London. Our research activities focus on the design and synthesis of functional materials for organic electronic applications. We are particularly interested in finding creative solutions for energy and healthcare applications, by exploiting the unique properties of π-conjugated molecules and polymers.

We take an interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving and work closely together with colleagues in chemistry, physics, materials science and engineering to develop and study the materials powering tomorrow’s technologies.


October 2021: We are happy to welcome Niamh, Sara, Luke and Jaume to the group to conduct their Masters research projects. They will be looking at different aspects on how we can integrate organic semiconductors with biological systems.

September 2021: Aisha and Jessie rejoined the group to start their PhD research! Aisha is co-supervised with Dr Rebecca Ingle and will be looking into the effects of chirality in organic semiconductors on the materials spin dynamics. During her MSci project, Jessie studied self-healing materials via DFT and will now investigate the problem using synthetic chemistry, particularly focussing on coordination chemistry.

August 2021: Our research with the Al-Hashimi group into the synthesis of conjugated polymers via nucleophilic aromatic substitution was accepted for publication in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.

July 2021: Welcome to Dr Peter Finn, who joined the group for his postdoctoral work on self-healing organic semiconductors.

July 2021: Our work on non-ionic interalyers for organic and perovskite solar cells has been published in Chemistry of Materials. Great job Saumya!

June 2021: Congratulatins to Jessie, Toby, Rizwan, Israq and Andras for their succesful MSci completion and many thanks for all the hard work on their projects. We wish them all the best for their future endeavours!

April 2021: Charles Chen (co-supervised with Prof Palgrave) started his MSc work in the lab to develop new lead free halometallates.

March 2021: Dr Harsh Bhatia joined the group for his postdoctoral research funded by Innovate UK. Harsh is jointly supervised with Prof Palgrave and will study new hybrid photovoltaic absorber materials.

March 2021: A big welcome to Adibah Zamhuri, who is joining the group for her PhD studies, supported by a MyBrainSc scholarship from the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education. Adibah will be working on the synthesis of organic photoacoustic nanoparticles trough emulsion polymerisation.

February 2021: Congratulations to Zach for passing his PhD upgrade viva! Only one examination to go 😉

November 2020: Lewis successfully defended his PhD thesis. Many congratulations Dr Cowen!

October 2020: Jessie, Toby, Rizwan, Israq and Andras are joining the group for their MSci projects studying doping, photo-acoustics and self-healing in organic semiconductors.

October 2020: We welcome back two familiar faces to the group, Megan who will be starting her PhD, and Ana, who will be doing her rotation in the group as part of her LIDo PhD program.

September 2020: Many congratulations to Zilu Liu for passing her PhD viva. Thank you for all the hard work Zilu and we wish you all the best for your future adventures!

August 2020: After eight exciting weeks, Aisha’s summer internship came to an end. She not only studied the supramolecular interactions in organic semiconductors, but also showcased her creative side with a chemical inspired henna.

July 2020: Congratulations to Zach for successfully passing his first year PhD viva!

June 2020: Many congratulations to Megan for winning this year’s final year project (SARPIC) students’ choice award in her session “functional polymers and active sensing”.

June 2020: We are glad to welcome Ryan back to the group to conduct his PhD research focusing on the design of biocompatible organic semiconductors for nerve regeneration, co-supervised by Dr James Phillips and and Prof. Alethea Tabor.

June 2020: Zilu’s work on how to control the thermoelectric properties of organo-metallic coordination polymers was published in Advanced Functional Materials.

May 2020: Congratulations to Lewis on getting his collaborative work with the Gu and Chiu research groups published in Advanced Functional Materials.

March 2020: Big congratulations to Yasmin for passing her MPhil to PhD upgrade viva!

February 2020: Yasmin spent a month in Prof Yutaka Majima’s lab at Tokyo Tech to learn more about the fabrication of single-molecule transistors.


February 2020: Oliver visited the lab for a day as part of his career progression development (CPD) to shadow Zach and see first hand how a research laboratory operates.


February 2020: Bob was visiting Prof Yu-Cheng Chiu at NTSUT and Prof Ho-Hsiu at NTHU. Thanks for the wonderful hospitality and for sharing your exciting science!


January 2020: Congratulations to Lewis on his work on polymorphism in naphthalene diimide based semiconductors, published in J. Mat. Chem. C.

December 2019: After an intense and very successful year it was time to wind down for the group over Christmas dinner!