Leon joined the group as an MPhil student on the CDT in Computational Methods for Materials Science. He is currently working towards a PhD as part of the CDT, using computational chemistry methods (large-scale density functional theory in particular) to inform design of new and improved dyes to be used in dye-sensitised solar cells.Additionally, he is using machine learning to perform high-speed fitting of X-ray reflectometry curve data for dye layer growth on titanium oxide surfaces.
Leon graduated from Durham University with an MSci in Physics and Chemistry (within the Natural Sciences programme). As a finalist, he used electronic structure techniques in his research project to investigate the impact of ligand flexibility on optical properties of organometallic dyes. He also gained experience with molecular dynamics simulation of adsorption at solid-liquid interfaces.