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Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability

Department of Physics

Studying at Cambridge


Virgil Andrei

Virgil Andrei

Winton Scholar

Supervisor: Professor Erwin Reisner

Department of Chemistry


M.Sc. in Chemistry, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany (2016)
B.Sc. in Chemistry, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany (2014)

Research Interests

My interests revolve around the development of renewable energy sources, such as photoelectrocatalysis, thermoelectrics and photovoltaics. Currently, I am working on photovoltaic-photoelectrocatalytic cells, which can split water to produce hydrogen, or reduce atmospheric CO2 under solar light illumination. This interdisciplinary approach is fundamental for the wide-scale implementation of sustainable solar fuels. A further enhancement in the energy conversion efficiency can be expected by adding a thermoelectric component to these hybrid devices, to produce electricity from the existing residual heat.