- Partner Investigator
- University of Oxford
Prof Laura Herz directs the Semiconductors Group at the Clarendon Laboratory, and is the Associate Head of the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division for research at the University of Oxford. She received her PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge in 2002 and was a Research Fellow at St John’s College Cambridge from 2001 – 2003, after which she moved to a faculty position at Oxford Physics. She held an Advanced Fellowship by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council from 2006-2012.
Professor Herz has published over 200 peer-reviewed research articles and is currently listed by Clarivate Analytics/Web of Science as a Highly Cited Researcher. Recently, she was awarded the Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division mid-career Award by the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Nevill Mott Medal and Prize by the Institute of Physics and the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Bessel Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for her research, and a student-led teaching award, by the Oxford Student Union, in the category “Outstanding Graduate Supervisor”. She is an Associate Editor of Applied Physics Reviews, Chemical Physics Reviews (AIP) and a member of the editorial advisory board for ACS Energy Letters, Energy & Environmental Science and the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. Prof Herz is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Physics, and University College Oxford. She is currently holds an Honorary Professorship at the Australian National University, and a Hans-Fischer Senior Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Study at the Technical University Munich (TUM).
Research in the Herz group explores the fundamental science and applications of semiconducting materials and nanostructures ranging from hybrid systems such as sensitized metal oxides and organic-inorganic perovskites to organic molecules and solids, III-V inorganic semiconductors and nanostructures. Current work focuses on common themes such as photophysical and nano-scale effects, biomimetics and self-assembly, charge-carrier dynamics, energy-transfer and light-harvesting for solar energy conversion. The group has leading expertize in a large range of spectroscopic and analytical techniques, and collaborates with device physicists, theoretical researchers, synthetic chemists and materials scientists in order to advance the development of these novel materials for energy harvesting, with a particular current focus on next-generation photovoltaic cells.