Henry Snaith

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Henry Snaith

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Henry Snaith in 2015
Henry James Snaith

January 1978 (age 41)[1][2]
EducationGresham's School[3]
Alma mater
AwardsNature's 10 (2013)[2]
Scientific career
ThesisPolymer based photovoltaic diodes (2005)
Doctoral advisorRichard Friend[4][5]
Other academic advisorsMichael Grätzel
Doctoral studentsVarun Sivaram[6]

Henry James Snaith (born 1978)[1] FRS[7] is a professor in physics in the Clarendon Laboratory at the University of Oxford.[8][9][10][11][12][13]


Snaith was educated at Gresham's School, in Norfolk from 1989 to 1996.[3] He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Bristol, followed by postgraduate research at the University of Cambridge where he was awarded a PhD in 2005 for research on polymer solar cells supervised by Richard Friend.[5][4][14]

Career and research[edit]

Following his PhD, Snaith did two years of postdoctoral research with Michael Grätzel at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).[4][15] He returned to the Cavendish Laboratory as a Junior Research Fellow at Clare College, Cambridge in 2006. Following this, Snaith was appointed a Research Councils UK (RCUK) research fellow while at the University of Oxford,[year needed] then promoted to Reader and Professor.[year needed] According to a biography from the Materials Research Society (MRS):

Snaith's research has been funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).[17] Snaith has supervised numerous PhD students and postdoctoral researchers in his lab including Priti Tiwana,[18] Michael Brown,[19] Pablo Docampo,[20] Andrew Hey,[21] Michael Lee,[22] Tomas Leijtens,[23] Varun Sivaram,[6] Michael Saliba,[24] Nakita Noel,[25] and Giles Eperon.[26]

Awards and honours[edit]

Snaith was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2015.[27] His certificate of election reads:

In 2014, Snaith was awarded the MRS Outstanding Young Investigator Award.[28] He was awarded the Patterson Medal of the Institute of Physics in 2012, and named as one of Nature's ten people who mattered in 2013.[2]

In 2015, Snaith was ranked number two on the list of The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds, a citation analysis identifying the scientists who have made the most significant impact within their respective field of study by the Intellectual Property (IP) and Science business of Thomson Reuters.[29] In May 2016, he was awarded the EU-40 Materials Prize from the European Material Research Society.[30]

In October 2017, he was awarded the Institute of Physics (IOP) James Joule Medal and Prize for the discovery and development of organic-inorganic metal-halide perovskite solar cells.[31]


  1. ^ a b Anon (2018). "Henry James Snaith". companieshouse.gov.uk. London: Companies House. Archived from the original on 8 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Anon (2013). "365 days: Nature's 10, Ten people who mattered this year". Nature. 504 (7480): 357. doi:10.1038/504357a.
  3. ^ a b "Old Greshamians". greshams.com. Archived from the original on 25 August 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d "Prof Henry Snaith, Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer". oxfordpv.com. Archived from the original on 22 May 2015.
  5. ^ a b Snaith, H. J.; Arias, A. C.; Morteani, A. C.; Silva, C.; Friend, R. H. (2002). "Charge Generation Kinetics and Transport Mechanisms in Blended Polyfluorene Photovoltaic Devices". Nano Letters. 2 (12): 1353. doi:10.1021/nl0257418.
  6. ^ a b Sivaram, Varun (2014). Simulation, synthesis, sunlight: enhancing electronic transport in solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.596004.
  7. ^ a b "Professor Henry Snaith FRS". London: The Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2 May 2015.
  8. ^ Henry Snaith publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  9. ^ Lee, M. M.; Teuscher, J.; Miyasaka, T.; Murakami, T. N.; Snaith, H. J. (2012). "Efficient Hybrid Solar Cells Based on Meso-Superstructured Organometal Halide Perovskites". Science. 338 (6107): 643. doi:10.1126/science.1228604. PMID 23042296.
  10. ^ Liu, M.; Johnston, M. B.; Snaith, H. J. (2013). "Efficient planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells by vapour deposition". Nature. 501 (7467): 395–8. doi:10.1038/nature12509. PMID 24025775.
  11. ^ Stranks, S. D.; Eperon, G. E.; Grancini, G.; Menelaou, C.; Alcocer, M. J. P.; Leijtens, T.; Herz, L. M.; Petrozza, A.; Snaith, H. J. (2013). "Electron-Hole Diffusion Lengths Exceeding 1 Micrometer in an Organometal Trihalide Perovskite Absorber". Science. 342 (6156): 341–4. doi:10.1126/science.1243982. PMID 24136964.
  12. ^ Hardin, B. E.; Snaith, H. J.; McGehee, M. D. (2012). "The renaissance of dye-sensitized solar cells". Nature Photonics. 6 (3): 162. doi:10.1038/nphoton.2012.22.
  13. ^ Presentation by Henry Snaith at the 3rd Oxford Energy Conference in 2014 on YouTube
  14. ^ Snaith, Henry James (2005). Polymer based photovoltaic diodes. lib.cam.ac.uk (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. OCLC 890157906. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.614761.
  15. ^ Snaith, H. J.; Moule, A. J.; Klein, C. D.; Meerholz, K.; Friend, R. H.; Grätzel, M. (2007). "Efficiency Enhancements in Solid-State Hybrid Solar Cells via Reduced Charge Recombination and Increased Light Capture". Nano Letters. 7 (11): 3372. doi:10.1021/nl071656u.
  16. ^ "Outstanding Young Investigator Award 2014". Materials Research Society. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014.
  17. ^ "UK Government Research Grants awarded to Henry Snaith". Research Councils UK. Archived from the original on 23 May 2015.
  18. ^ Tiwana, Priti (2013). Ultrafast charge dynamics in mesoporous materials used in dye-sensitized solar cells (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.588439.
  19. ^ Brown, Michael David (2012). Light harvesting and photoconversion efficiency enhancement in dye-sensitized solar cells via molecular and photonic advancements (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.561105. open access
  20. ^ Docampo, Pablo (2012). Electronic properties of mesostructured metal oxides in dye-sensitized solar cells (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.580988.
  21. ^ Hey, Andrew Stuart (2013). Series interconnects and charge extraction interfaces for hybrid solar cells (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.581398.
  22. ^ Lee, Michael M. (2013). Organic-inorganic hybrid photovoltaics based on organometal halide perovskites (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.581347.
  23. ^ Leijtens, Tomas (2014). Charge transport in disordered semiconductors in solid state sensitized solar cells: influence on performance and stability (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.640043.
  24. ^ Saliba, Michael (2014). Plasmonic nanostructures and film crystallization in perovskite solar cells (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.629509.
  25. ^ Noel, Nakita (2014). Advances in hybrid solar cells: from dye-sensitised to perovskite solar cells (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.711787.
  26. ^ Eperon, Giles (2015). Active layer control for high efficiency perovskite solar cells (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.711955. Free to read
  27. ^ "Professor Henry Snaith FRS". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. 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". Archived from the original on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

  28. ^ Anon (2014). "Henry J. Snaith named 2014 MRS Outstanding Young Investigator for perovskite hybrid solar cells". MRS Bulletin. journals.cambridge.org. 39 (4): 375. doi:10.1557/mrs.2014.76. Archived from the original on 5 April 2016.
  29. ^ "Worlds most influential scientific minds report 2015". stateofinnovation.thomsonreuters.com. Archived from the original on 28 December 2016. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  30. ^ "The European Material Research Society". european-mrs.com.
  31. ^ Physics, Institute of. "IOP Award Winners 2017". www.iop.org. Retrieved 15 November 2017.