James Robert Durrant

James Robert Durrant FRS[3] is a professor of Photochemistry in the faculty of Natural Sciences, department of Chemistry at Imperial College London and Sêr Cymru Solar Professor in the College of Engineering at Swansea University.[4][5] He is the Director of the Centre for Plastic Electronics (CPE).[1][6][7]

James Durrant

James Durrant
James Durrant at the Royal Society admissions day in London, July 2017
James Robert Durrant
Scientific career
FieldsSolar energy
InstitutionsImperial College London
Swansea University
ThesisTransient absorption spectroscopy of photosystem two (1991)
Doctoral advisorGeorge Porter
Jim Barber[2]


Durrant was educated at the University of Cambridge and at Imperial College London where he was awarded a PhD in 1991 for research on photosystem II using spectroscopy supervised by George Porter and Jim Barber.[2]

Career and research

Durrant's research focuses on a range of photochemical applications including solar cells, solar fuel production and photocatalysis, nanomaterials and plastic electronics[8][9][10] and has authored over 400 publications,[1][7][6][11] focusing on the charge carrier kinetics which determine materials and device function.

Durrant is also involved in teaching physical chemistry at Imperial College London and in the SPECIFIC IKC at Swansea University.

Awards and honours


  1. ^ a b c James Robert Durrant publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b Durrant, James Robert (1991). Transient absorption spectroscopy of photosystem two. spiral.imperial.ac.uk (PhD thesis). Imperial College London. hdl:10044/1/11455. OCLC 855696059. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.573962. Free to read
  3. ^ a b c Anon (2017). "Professor James Durrant FRS". royalsociety.org. London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 5 May 2017. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the royalsociety.org website where:

    “All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.” --Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies at the Wayback Machine (archived 2016-11-11)

  4. ^ "James Robert Durrant Imperial College London". Archived from the original on 26 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Professor James Robert Durrant Swansea University". Archived from the original on 26 August 2017.
  6. ^ a b James Robert Durrant publications from Europe PubMed Central
  7. ^ a b James Robert Durrant publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  8. ^ Kim, Youngkyoo; Cook, Steffan; Tuladhar, Sachetan M.; Choulis, Stelios A.; Nelson, Jenny; Durrant, James R.; Bradley, Donal D. C.; Giles, Mark; McCulloch, Iain (2006). "A strong regioregularity effect in self-organizing conjugated polymer films and high-efficiency polythiophene:fullerene solar cells". Nature Materials. 5 (3): 197–203. Bibcode:2006NatMa...5..197K. doi:10.1038/nmat1574. closed access
  9. ^ Clarke, Tracey M.; Durrant, James R. (2010). "Charge Photogeneration in Organic Solar Cells". Chemical Reviews. 110 (11): 6736–6767. doi:10.1021/cr900271s. ISSN 0009-2665.
  10. ^ Palomares, Emilio; Clifford, John N.; Haque, Saif A.; Lutz, Thierry; Durrant, James R. (2003). "Control of Charge Recombination Dynamics in Dye Sensitized Solar Cells by the Use of Conformally Deposited Metal Oxide Blocking Layers". Journal of the American Chemical Society. 125 (2): 475–482. doi:10.1021/ja027945w. ISSN 0002-7863. closed access
  11. ^ "Publications – Professor James Durrant". Imperial College London. Archived from the original on 27 March 2017. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Hughes Medal". Royal Society. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  13. ^ Wade, Jessica; Wood, Sebastian; Collado-Fregoso, Elisa; Heeney, Martin; Durrant, James; Kim, Ji-Seon (2017). "Impact of Fullerene Intercalation on Structural and Thermal Properties of Organic Photovoltaic Blends". The Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 121 (38): 20976–20985. doi:10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b05893. ISSN 1932-7447.
  14. ^ a b "James Durrant-Biography". Royal Society. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  15. ^ "RSC Harrison-Meldola Prize Previous Winners". www.rsc.org. Royal Society of Chemistry. Retrieved 9 December 2018.

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Awards, lectures and medals of the Royal Society

The Royal Society presents numerous awards, lectures and medals to recognise scientific achievement. The oldest is the Croonian Lecture, created in 1701 at the request of the widow of William Croone, one of the founding members of the Royal Society. The Croonian Lecture is still awarded on an annual basis, and is considered the most important Royal Society prize for the biological sciences. Although the Croonian Lecture was created in 1701, it was first awarded in 1738, seven years after the Copley Medal which is the oldest Royal Society medal still in use and is awarded for "outstanding achievements in research in any branch of science"

George Porter

George Porter, Baron Porter of Luddenham, (6 December 1920 – 31 August 2002) was a British chemist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1967.

James Barber (biochemist)

James Barber (born 16 July 1940) is a senior research investigator and emeritus Ernst Chain professor of biochemistry at Imperial College London, Visiting Professor at the Polytechnic University of Turin and Visiting Canon Professor to Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore.

James Durrant (disambiguation)

James Durrant may refer to:

James Robert Durrant, FRS Professor of photochemistry at Imperial College London

James Durrant, (1885 – 1963) Australian army general


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