Dr Robert Palgrave

Dr Robert Palgrave

Address: Room 467C, Department of Chemistry, Christopher Ingold Building, UCL
Phone No: +44 (0)20 3108 5085
Extension: 55085
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Research Areas of Interest:

  • Epitaxial thin films.
  • Photocatalysis, including Z schemes and new non oxide materials.
  • Photoelectron spectroscopy.
  • Layer by layer growth of artificial structures.
  • New transparent conducting materials.


The group’s research uses epitaxial films to study functional materials. One important application of this is the study of photocatalysts – materials that use light to stimulate chemical reactions. Our research aims to produce structurally simple samples, from which strong conclusions can be drawn on structure-function relationships. Areas of interest include solid state Z schemes, new non-oxide photocatalysts and understanding the behaviour of dopants in TiO2.

Selected Publications

  • Visible light photo-oxidation of model pollutants using CaCu3Ti4O12: An experimental and theoretical study of optical properties, electronic structure and selectivity’, J. H. Clark, M. S. Dyer, R. G. Palgrave, C. P. Ireland, J. R. Darwent, J. B. Claridge, M. J. Rosseinsky, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133, 1016.
  • Electronic and structural properties of SnxTi1-xO2 (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.1) solid solutions’, M. H. Harunsani, F. E. Oropeza, R. G. Palgrave, R. G. Egdell, Chem. Mater., 2010, 22, 1551.
  • Nitrogen diffusion in doped TiO2 (110) single crystals: a combined XPS and SIMS study’, R. G. Palgrave, D. J. Payne, R. G. Egdell, J. Mater. Chem., 2009, 19, 8418.
  • Aerosol assisted chemical vapor deposition using nanoparticle precursors: A route to nanocomposite thin films’, R. G. Palgrave, I.P. Parkin, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2006, 128, 1587.