Dr Mojtaba Abdi Jalebi

Dr Mojtaba Abdi Jalebi


Institute for Materials Discovery

MAPS Faculty Office

Joined UCL
1st Nov 2019

Research summary

Mojtaba’s research focuses on the optical and electronic properties of advanced functional materials particularly emerging semiconductors including metal halide perovskites, nanostructured metal oxides and other organic semiconductors and incorporating them in optoelectronic devices such as solar photovoltaics (PV), photodetectors and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and energy systems enabling carbon capture and production of solar fuels. He investigates novel materials and device photophysics via spectroscopy as a powerful tool to understand their characteristics in different length and time scales, unveil the origin of instability and maximize the output of the optoelectronic devices.  Mojtaba is also involved in exploitation of the academic research into actual products and bridging the gap between fundamental science and technology commercialization. He has active industrial collaborations for technology transfer into multiple emerging markets including photovoltaics, the Internet of things (IoT) and consumer electronics.

  • Mojtaba is accepting applications for PhD students.       
  • Please contact me if you are interested in joining us as a post-doc.

Teaching summary

  • Advanced Materials for Real-World Applications and Exploitation (NSCI0022)
  • Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing (NSCI0014)
  • Advanced Materials for Sustainable Energy Materials (NSCI0021)
  • Advanced Materials Characterisation (NSCI0013)

  • Literature Project (NSCI0016)
  • Research Project (NSCI0017)


University of Cambridge
Doctorate, Doctorat | 2018
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2014
Sharif University of Technology
First Degree, Bachelor of Science | 2012


Dr Mojtaba Abdi-Jalebi is an Assistant Professor in Energy Materials in the Institute for Materials Discovery, the faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University College London (UCL). He is also a Research Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge. He graduated from Sharif University of Technology in 2012 with a BSc (Materials Science and Engineering) and he received his MSc in Materials Science and Engineering in 2014 from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. He completed his PhD in Physics at Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, receiving the 2018 Semiconductor Physics Thesis Prize from Institute of Physics. From 2018-2020, he was a Junior Research Fellow at Cambridge University and Wolfson College, Cambridge, where he set up a spin-out company to develop energy harvesting devices based on emerging semiconductors. Mojtaba established his research group in UCL in November 2019, with a focus on material and electronic properties of emerging semiconductors including halide perovskites, small molecules and organic semiconductors for optoelectronic and electrochemical devices for low-cost electronics applications (e.g., solar-photovoltaics, lighting) and energy systems enabling carbon capture and production of solar fuels. His research aims to develop and incorporate new inexpensive materials in energy devices to alter the energy landscape by reducing the cost of energy production, consumption, and storage.