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Dr Habib Ullah

Research Fellow


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I'm a Research Fellow in Prof. Xiaohong Li's Group. I received my MSc degree in Physical Chemistry from Hazara University, Mansehra in 2010, MPhil in Physical Chemistry from the Institute of Chemical Sciences, University of Peshawar, Pakistan in 2014, and PhD in Renewable Energy from College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences (CEMPS), University of Exeter, UK in 2018. Currently, my research involves design and fabrication of a novel water electrolyser for hydrogen production. I am involved in the European Interreg 2 Seas project entitled "Electrons to high value Chemicals Products" which is a R&D collaboration between eight partners across Europe. The project aims to develop electrocatalysts employing non-precious metals or metal oxides for anion exchange membrane (AEM) water electrolyser for hydrogen production in high efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Moreover, the research work will be focused on ways (i) to prepare and characterise new catalysts for both oxygen evolution reaction and hydrogen evolution reaction; (ii) to optimise composition of the selected catalysts, to fabricate nanostructured catalysts; (iii) to investigate the catalyst deposition method on the membrane; (iv) to design and construct an AEM water electrolyser cell with a desired performance.

Research interests

  • Energy Storage
  • Oxygen Evolution Reaction (OER) and Hydrogen Evolution Reaction (HER).
  • Theoretical Insights into the Mechanism of Visible Light Photocatalysis (Water Splitting)
  • Design of All Solid-State Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells with High Efficiency 
  • Modeling of Donor-Acceptor Conducting Polymers for Organic Photovoltaics
  • Electron-Hole Mobility (Photocarrier Dynamic) and Non-Covalent Interaction
  • Ultrafast Studies of Photoexcited Electron Dynamics in Metal Oxides
  • Molecular Dynamic and Quantum Mechanic Simulations for Energy Materials
  • Electronic Nose
  • Organic Light Emitting Diodes



2015-2018 Teaching Assistant, University of Exeter, United Kingdom

2011-2014 Teaching Assistant, Institute of Chemical Sciences, University of Peshawar, Pakistan