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Anna Reynal Verdu

01642 738407
Job title:
Senior Lecturer in Chemistry
School of Science, Engineering & Design
Science, Engineering and Design research

About Anna Reynal Verdu

Anna Reynal Verdu

Anna Reynal Verdu
Senior Lecturer in Chemistry, School of Science, Engineering & Design
T: 01642 738407
Research: Science, Engineering and Design research

My academic career started by studying a BSc in Chemistry at the University of Girona (Spain). I then moved to the University Rovira I Virgili (Spain) to study a MSc in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

During this time, I developed an interest towards renewable energies, and in 2006 I joined the research group of Dr. Emilio Palomares as a PhD student, in the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ, Spain). My thesis focused on the development and characterisation of molecular-based nanostructured devices for photovoltaic applications.

After completion of my PhD in 2010, I moved to Imperial College London (UK), to work as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Prof. James Durrant's group. My research focused on the study of molecular and nanostructured solar-to-fuel conversion systems using advanced time-resolved spectroscopic techniques. I was awarded with a Marie Curie Career Integration Grant (CIG, 2012) and a Postdoctoral fellowship from the Spanish Government (2011). During this time, I obtained a Certificate in Supporting Learning and Teaching from Imperial College London.

My academic career continued as a Teaching Fellow at Newcastle University (UK), between 2015-2016. I delivered lectures in Inorganic and Physical Chemistry to 130 undergraduate students, and I was a senior laboratory demonstrator and tutor. I also obtained a Certificate in Learning, Teaching and Engaging Students and became an Associate Member of the Higher Education Academy.

In 2016, I became a Senior Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry at Teesside University (UK).

In addition to my academic achievements, I think it is very important to disseminate my research to the general public. Since 2009, I have organised 7 summer schools for secondary school students, under the prestigious Spanish program "Youth and Science". I have also organised events at the Science Museum Lates (London, UK), the Big Bang Fair (London) and theGreat North Museum (Newcastle, UK).

Research interests

My research interests lie in the field of solar energy conversion and storage. I have expertise in the development and characterisation of dye sensitised systems for solar cells and solar fuels. In particular, I have studied hybrid systems, composed of a nanostructured semiconductor functionalised with molecular dyes and catalysts.

My unique expertise is the study of electron transfer kinetics and reaction mechanisms using time-resolved spectroscopic techniques, such as transient absorption spectroscopy and time correlated-single photon counting.

I am interested in correlating the performance of photocatalytic systems to the molecular structure of the dyes and catalysts employed. Thus, my work aims to establish rules to control the electron transfer kinetics and mechanisms that are critical for the solar-to-fuel conversion.


[22] Eslava, S.; Reynal, A.; Rocha, V. G.; Barg, S.; Saiz, E. Using grapheme oxide as sacrificial support of polyoxotitanium clusters to replicate its two-dimensionality on pure titania photocatalysts. J. Mater. Chem. A 2016, accepted.

[21] Willkomm, J.; Orchard, K. L.; Reynal, A.*; Pastor, E.; Durrant, J. R.; Reisner, E.*
Self-Assembly of molecular catalysts on dyes and semiconductors for solar hydrogen generation. Chem. Soc. Rev. 2016, 45, 9.

[20] Lindquist, R. J.; Phelan, B. T.; Reynal, A.; Margulies, E. A.; Shoer, L. E.; Durrant, J. R.; Wasielewski, M. R.
Strongly oxidizing perylene-3,4-dicarboximides for use in water oxidation photoelectrochemical cells. J. Mater. Chem. A 2016, DOI: 10.1039/C5TA05790F. 

[19] Reynal, A.*; Pastor, E.; Gross, M. A.; Reisner, E.*; Durrant, J. R.*
Unravelling the pH-dependence of a molecular photocatalytic system for hydrogen production. Chem. Sci. 2015, 6(8), 4855.

[18] Windle, C.D.; Pastor, E.; Reynal, A.*; Whitwood, A. C.; Vaynzof, Y.; Durrant, J. R.; Perutz, R. N.*; Reisner, E.* Improving the photocatalytic reduction of CO
2 to CO through immobilization of a molecular Re catalyst onto TiO2. Chem. Eur. J. 2015, 21(9), 3746.
[17] Neri, G.; Walsh, J.J.; Wilson, C.; Reynal, A.; Lim, J. Y. C.; Li, X.; White, A. J. P.; Long, N. J.; Durrant, J. R.; Cowan, A. J.
A functionalised nickel cyclam catalyst for CO2 reduction: electrocatalysis, semiconductor surface immobilisation and light-driven electron transfer. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2015, 17, 1562.

[16] Collado, L.; Reynal, A.; Coronado, J. M.; Serrano, D. P.; Durrant, J. R.; de la Peña O'Shea, V. A. Effect of surface plasmon nanoparticles on the selective CO2 reduction to CH4. App. Catal. B 2015, 178, 177.

[15] Gross, M. A.; Reynal, A.*; Durrant, J. R.; Reisner, E.*
Versatile photocatalytic systems for H2 generation in water based on an efficient Dubois-type nickel catalyst. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136(1), 356.

[14] Reynal, A.*; Willkomm, J.; Muresan, N. M.; Lakadamyali, F.; Planells, M.; Reisner, E.*; Durrant, J. R.*
Distance dependent charge separation and recombination in semiconductor/molecular catalyst systems for water splitting. Chem. Commun. 2014, 50(84), 12768.

 [13] Ma, Y.; Pendlebury, S. R.; Reynal, A.; LeFormal, F.; Durrant, J. R.
Dynamics of photogenerated holes in undoped BiVO4 photoanodes for solar water oxidation. Chem. Sci. 2014, 5(8), 2964.

[12] Pastor, E.; Pesci, F. M.; Reynal, A.*; Handoko, A. D.; Guo, M.; An, X.; Cowan, A. J.; Klug, D. R.; Durrant, J. R.; Tang, J.*
Interfacial charge separation in Cu2O/RuOx as a visible light driven CO2 reduction catalyst. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2014, 16(13), 5922.

[11] Reynal, A.; Lakadamyali, F.; Gross, M. A.; Reisner, E.; Durrant. J. R.
Parameters affecting electron transfer dynamics from semiconductors to molecular catalysts for the photochemical reduction of protons. Energy Environ. Sci. 2013, 6(11), 3291.

[10] Reynal, A.*; Durrant, J. R.*
Kinetic control in TiO2 films functionalised with molecular dyes and catalysts for H+ reduction. EPA Newsletter 2013, June 2013.

[9] Lakadamyali, F.; Reynal, A.; Kato, M.; Durrant, J. R.; Reisner, E.
Electron Transfer in Dye‐Sensitised Semiconductors Modified with Molecular Cobalt Catalysts: Photoreduction of Aqueous Protons. Chem. Eur. J. 2012, 18(48), 15464.

[8] Li, X.; Reynal, A.; Barnes, P.; Humphry-Baker, R.; Zakeeruddin, S. M.; DeAngelis, F.; O'Regan, B. C.
Measured binding coefficients for iodine and ruthenium dyes; implications for recombination in dye sensitised solar cells. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2012, 14(44), 15421.

[7] Reynal, A.; Palomares, E.
Ruthenium polypyridyl sensitisers in dye solar cells based on mesoporous TiO2. Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2011, 4509.

[6] Reynal, A.; Etxebarria, J.; Nieto, N.; Serres, S.; Palomares, E.; Vidal-Ferran A.
A Bipyridine‐Based “Naked‐Eye” Fluorimetric Cu2+ Chemosensor. Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2010 (9), 1360.

[5] Reynal A, Forneli A, Palomares E.
Dye structure–charge transfer process relationship in efficient ruthenium-dye based dye sensitized solar cells. Energy Environ. Sci. 2010, 3(6), 805.

[4] Reynal, A.; Palomares, E.
Increasing the performance of cis-dithiocyanato (4, 4′-dicarboxy-2, 2′-bipyridine)(1, 10-phenanthroline) ruthenium (II) based DSC using citric acid as co-adsorbant. Energy Environ. Sci. 2010, 1078.

[3] Reynal, A.; Albero, J.; Vidal-Ferran, A.; Palomares, E.
Diastereoselectivity and molecular recognition of mercury (II) ions. Inorg. Chem. Commun. 2009, 12(2), 131-134.

[2] Reynal, A.; Forneli, A.; Martinez-Ferrero, E.; Sanchez-Diaz, A.; Vidal-Ferran, A.; Palomares, E.
A Phenanthroline Heteroleptic Ruthenium Complex and Its Application to Dye‐Sensitised Solar Cells. Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2008, 1955.

[1] Reynal, A.; Forneli, A.; Martinez-Ferrero, E.; Sanchez-Diaz, A.; Vidal-Ferran, A.; O'Regan, B. C.; Palomares, E.
Interfacial charge recombination between e− TiO2 and the I/I3 electrolyte in ruthenium heteroleptic complexes: dye molecular structure−open circuit voltage relationship. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130(41), 13558.

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In the news

  • Royal Society Summer Exhibition
    North East Connected, 18/07/2017
    The team at The Kings Academy were there thanks to a partnership grant awarded by the Royal Society for a joint research project between The King's Academy and Teesside University.

  • NE school is only one chosen for Royal Society exhibition
    North East Connected, 03/07/2017
    The King's Academy, Coulby Newham, will be the only school taking part in The Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition, which is expected to attract at least 13,000 visitors.

  • Science students from Kings Academy, Middlesbrough invited to display work in national exhibition
    Northern Echo (web), 10/2/2017; Northern Echo, 11/2/2017
    The Year 12 Kings Academy chemistry students are working with Dr Anna Reynal and Dr Joseph McGinnis from Teesside University on the project Artifcial Photosynthesis.