Dr Martijn A. Zwijnenburg

  Martijn Zwijnenburg is a Reader in the UCL Chemistry Department, interested in the photochemistry and photophysics of materials, as well as understanding polymorphism in solids. He has worked at UCL since 2010 (ESPRC Career Acceleration Fellow 2010-2015; Lecturer 2012-2016; Reader 2016). Before this, he was a Marie Curie Fellow at the Royal Institution of Great Britain (2005-2007), working with Dr. Rob Bell, and a Juan de la Cierva Fellow at the University of Barcelona (2008-2010), working with Prof. Francesc Illas.
Summary of research group
  In our group we use computational methods, for example time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT), to study what happens to materials after they absorb light. We try to understand processes such as photoluminescence and photocatalysis, and aim to predict how these are influenced by factors such a material’s composition, structure and morphology. We collaborate closely with several experimental groups to complement our theoretical results with experimental verification and design better materials for important application such as renewable hydrogen production through photocatalytic water splitting. As a side-line, we are also very interested in structure prediction methods, such as basin-hopping, that allow one to predict the lowest energy structures for a material (periodic solid, nanoparticle or polymer) given only its composition. 
Research highlights
Research Facilities
  Local (Legion, Grace) and national (Archer) computing facilities

  • 2010 EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellowship
  • 2008 Juan de la Cierva Fellowship
  • 2005 Marie Curie IntraEuropean Fellowship
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • American Chemical Society
  • Materials Research Society
  • Royal Dutch Chemical Society
  • Royal Netherlands Society of Engineers
Research interests
  • Photochemistry and photophysics of materials, ranging from inorganic nanoparticles to organic polymers.
  • Photocatalysts for making renewable solar fuels (hydrogen, hydrocarbons from CO2). 
  • Quantum chemistry methods for the calculation of excited state properties of molecules and materials (TD-DFT, EOM-CC, GW/BSE).
  • Chemistry and physics of clusters, nanoparticles and other nanostructured materials.
  • Computational structure prediction and energy landscape exploration.
  • Porous solids; including zeolites, covalent organic frameworks and amorphous polymers.
  • Lecturer and course organiser for CHEMM003/CHEMGG03 Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis (4th year)
  • Module organiser for the Computational Solid State Chemistry Lab (3rd year, part of CHEM3007)
  • Deputy Chairman of the undergraduate board of examiners.