Dr Caroline Knapp

Dr Caroline Knapp

Associate Professor

Dept of Chemistry

Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Dec 2012

Research summary

We are an inorganic synthesis and materials group interested in the design and properties of precursors. Research in the group began with the synthesis and isolation of molecular precursors for the deposition and inkjet printing of metals, especially Al, Cu and Ag. It has now expanded into the fields of main group and transition metal organometallic synthesis with applications in functional materials, electrochemistry and catalysis.

Teaching summary

I strive to provide a working environment which allows all students to flourish and excel and have been involved in the supervision of 30+ undergraduate and postgraduate students in the last 10 years. My current teaching responsibilities are broad, range across all years of the undergraduate programme and include a variety of teaching types and forms of assessment:

CHEM0013 - Chemistry and Periodicity of Gp15 Elements. First year core course.

CHEM0031 - Inorganic Rings Chains and Clusters. Final year/taught masters level.

CHEM0024 - Synthesis E, organiser for third year Schlenk lab

CHEM0080 - Member of SARPIC panel

CHEM0014 - Second year inorganic labs

CHEM006 - Meet your academic

CHEM0027 - Literature project supervisor


University College London
Doctorate, Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy | 2019
University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2010
University College London
Other higher degree, Master of Natural Science | 2006


Dr Caroline Knapp is Lecturer in Molecular Inorganic Chemistry at UCL. Prior to this she held a Ramsay Memorial Fellowship alongside a visiting position at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, funded by an Intermobility grant. She gained her MSci and PhD from UCL under the supervision of Prof. Claire J. Carmalt after which she worked as a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Phil P. Power FRS (UC Davis) and Dr Joachim Steinke (Imperial College London). Caroline’s research is primarily concerned with precursor design and the effect of such on the fabrication of various materials. She has experience in the synthesis, isolation and structural characterisation of highly air/moisture sensitive compounds and their subsequent use as precursors to materials, spanning from transparent conducting oxides, to photovoltaics, or metallic interconnects, as well as zeolite and metal organic framework (MOF) synthesis and characterisation. Her laboratory now carries out research designing and isolating precursors for the printing of metals, and is expanding into the field of main group organometallic synthesis with applications in photovoltaics, electrochemistry and catalysis.