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Dr Erwin Reisner

Dr Erwin Reisner

Co-Director of Nano Science & Technology Doctoral Training Centre

Head of Christian Doppler Laboratory for Sustainable SynGas Chemistry

EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellow

University Lecturer


Departments and Institutes



Optical spectroscopy ; Energy ; Artificial Photosynthesis ; Catalysis ; Organometallic compounds ; Opals ; Nano-assembly ; Renewable Fuels

Key Publications

“Versatile Photocatalytic Systems for H2 Generation in Water Based on an Efficient DuBois-type Nickel Catalyst.” Gross, M. A.; Reynal, A.; Durrant, J. R.; Reisner, E. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136, 356–366.

“Photocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution with a Hydrogenase in a Mediator-Free System under High Levels of Oxygen.” Sakai, T.; Mersch, D.; Reisner, E. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2013, 52, 12313–12316.

“RYB Tri-Colour Electrochromism based on a Molecular Cobaloxime.” Scherer, M.; Muresan, N. M.; Steiner, U.; Reisner, E. Chem. Commun., 2013, 49, 10453–10455.

“Covalent immobilization of oriented photosystem II on a nanostructured electrode for solar water oxidation.” Kato, M.; Cardona, T.; Rutherford, A. W.; Reisner, E. J. Am. Chem. Soc.2013, 135, 10610–10613.

“Immobilization of a Molecular Cobaloxime Catalyst for Hydrogen Evolution on a Mesoporous Metal Oxide Electrode.” Muresan, N. M.; Willkomm, J.; Mersch, D.; Vaynzof, Y.; Reisner, E. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2012, 51, 12749–12753.

“Cu2O/NiOx nanocomposite as an inexpensive photocathode in photoelectrochemical water splitting.” Lin, C.-Y.; Lai, Y.-H.; Mersch, D.; Reisner, E. Chem. Sci., 2012, 3, 3482–3487.

“Selective Reduction of Aqueous Protons to Hydrogen with a Synthetic Cobaloxime Catalyst in the Presence of Atmospheric Oxygen.” Lakadamyali, F.; Kato, M.; Muresan, N. M.; Reisner, E. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.2012, 51, 9381–9384.

“Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation with Photosystem II Integrated in a Mesoporous Indium-Tin Oxide Electrode.” Kato, M.; Cardona, T.; Rutherford, A. W.; Reisner, E. J. Am. Chem. Soc.2012, 134, 8332–8335.

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Applications for Oct 2019 entry

Feb 04, 2019

We accepting applications for entry in Oct 2019. See 'How to apply' for more information.

40 new EPSRC studentships for NanoDTC

Feb 04, 2019

We are pleased to announce that EPSRC have awarded a new Nano CDT grant of 40 studentships for training the next generation of interdisciplinary innovative nanoscientists

Midi+PhD Project Proposals from Cambridge Academics

Dec 19, 2018

We are now accepting project proposals for Midi (May-Jul 2019) + PhD projects (starting Oct 2019) for our c2018 students. Deadline 18 Feb.

NanoDTC student paper published in Nature Comms

Dec 07, 2018

c2013 student Jasmine Rivett was the first author on the recent paper, “Long-lived polarization memory in the electronic states of lead-halide perovskites from local structural dynamics” in Nature Communications.