Giulio Pepe completed his Ph.D., working on molecular engineering for co-sensitized dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC). He carried out experimental and computational work to investigate opto-electronical properties of dye molecules with the purpose of modifying their structure and select a tailored pairing of dyes for co-sensitized DSSCs. Experiments include: single crystal X-ray diffraction, UV/vis spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, DSSC fabrication. He extensively worked on computational modelling of dye molecues in gas/solution phase and at the dye...TiO2 interface, using DFT/TD-DFT calculations in Gaussian, CASTEP and SIESTA, and EOM-CCSD/LT-DF-LCC2 calculations in Molpro. He is currently working on various classes of dyes, including: azo dyes, cyanines, rhodamines and fluoresceines.
Giulio is from Manduria, Italy. He joined our group from University College London, where he obtained his M.Sci. with first class honours on the study of hadronic jets from W and Z bosons at CERN. He completed an internship at Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble (France), working on crystallographic and magnetic structure refinement of metal complexes from neutron scattering data.