Leon is joining the group as an MPhil student, beginning his path on the CDT in computational methods for materials science. He is particularly interested in using a computational modelling methods combined with machine learning to inform design of new and improved dyes to be used in dye-sensitised solar cells, which is what his MPhil and PhD will focus on.
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 has some experience with molecular dynamics simulation of adsorption at solid-liquid interfaces.