Professor David O. Scanlon


 David O. Scanlon is a Professor in Computational, Materials and Inorganic Chemistry at UCL and at Diamond Light Source. His primary research interests and experience are in the electronic structure and defect chemistry of emerging materials for a wide variety of applications, including but not limited to: transparent conducting oxides (TCOs), photovoltaics (PV), photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting, solid state lighting, X-ray and γ-ray radiation detectors, Li-ion batteries, catalysis and topological insulators. A recurring theme in his research is the use rational chemical design to predict the properties of novel inorganic solids for the above applications, and then the full electronic structure and defect chemistry characterization of these materials to test their application suitability. He has worked at UCL since 2011, firstly as a Ramsay Memorial Fellow (2011-2013), and since 2013 as a Lecturer. Prior to moving to UCL, David completed his undergraduate degree in Computational Chemistry in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in 2006, and then joined the research group of Professor Graeme W. Watson in TCD where he graduated with his PhD in 2011.
Summary of research group
 We use state of the art computational modelling techniques to study problems that are of interest in solid state Materials Chemistry.  Further information on David's research group can be found here: www.davidscanlon.com
Research highlights
Research Facilities
 We use UCL's Supercomputers and the National Machines.
  • RSC Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize for the “development and application of computational techniques to understanding and predicting the properties of functional semi-conductors for energy applications” (2015)
  • NSFC Young Scholars Research Fund award to visit the University of Fudan (2014)
  • Irish Nomination for the IUPAC International Prize for Young Chemists (2012)
  • Royal Irish Academy Young Chemists Prize 2011, for “the most outstanding Irish PhD thesis of 2011 in the area of chemical sciences” (2012)
  • Ramsay Memorial Fellowship, University College London (2011)
  • Thomas Young Centre Junior Research Fellowship, University College London (2011)
  • Royal Society of Chemistry, Solid State Chemistry Group Travel Bursary (2010)
  • Trinity Annual Trust Travel Award (2010)
  • BOC Postgraduate Bursary Award (2008/09)
  • Fellow of the RSC
  • Member of the MRS
  • Member of the Materials Design Network
  • Member of CCP5
  • Member of the TYC
Research interests
  • Computational Materials Design
  • Defects in inorganic solids
  • Earth abundant semiconductors
  • Hybrid halides
  • Semiconducting oxides
    • Lecturer: CHEM3401 – New directions in Inorganic Chemistry
    • Lecturer: CHEMGM04 – Simulation Methods in Materials Chemistry
    • Tutor: CHEM2102 – Inorganic Chemistry
    • Panel Member: CHEMM901 – Marking Panel for Advanced Chemical Project