University of Cambridge
Sam Stranks is Professor of Optoelectronics and Royal Society University Research Fellow in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge. He is also a Fellow of Clare College and an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Physics.
Sam completed his PhD degree at Oxford University, receiving the 2012 Institute of Physics Roy Thesis Prize. He held fellowships at Oxford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before establishing his research group, Strankslab, in Cambridge in 2017.
Sam's research focuses on the optical and electronic properties of emerging semiconductors including halide perovskites, carbon allotropes and organic semiconductors for low-cost electronics applications such as photovoltaics and lighting.
His awards include the 2016 IUPAP Young Scientist in Semiconductor Physics Prize, the 2017 Early Career Prize from the European Physical Society, the 2018 Henry Moseley Award and Medal from the Institute of Physics, the 2019 Marlow Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry, the 2021 IEEE Stuart Wenham Award, the 2021 Leverhulme Prize in Physics, the 2021 EES Lectureship, and the 2022 Lem Prize. He has published over 200 papers and is a co-founder of both
Swift Solar, a startup developing lightweight perovskite PV panels, and Sustain/Ed, a not-for-profit developing education for school-age children around climate change solutions. He is an associate editor at the AAAS journal
Science Advances, and sits on the editorial boards for the journals ACS Energy Letters and Advanced Energy Materials.