Professor David J. Payne


David J. Payne is a Professor of Materials Chemistry in the Department of Materials, Imperial College London. He received his MChem degree in chemistry from the University of Wales, Cardiff (now known as Cardiff University) in 2004, and his DPhil in chemistry from the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, University of Oxford in 2008. He was elected to a Junior Research Fellowship at Christ Church, University of Oxford in 2007, a position he held for 4 years before being appointed as Lecturer in the Department of Materials, Imperial College London in 2011. In the same year he was awarded a prestigious University Research Fellowship from the Royal Society – which he held until September 2019. In October 2019 he became Director of Research Complex at Harwell, a UKRI-funded multi-disciplinary research laboratory based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. David has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals to date. The research in his laboratory is focused on discovering (through synthesis) new materials for a wide range of energy applications. A main focus of his research is on the development and application of novel photoelectron spectroscopic techniques. This includes a state-of-the-art high-pressure photoelectron spectroscopy (HPXPS), which along with a high-throughput XPS system forms the Advanced Photoelectron Spectroscopy Laboratory at Imperial. He also collaborates widely with colleagues from around the world and performs experiments at a variety of synchrotrons such as hard X-ray and angle resolved photoelectron spectroscopies (HAXPES & ARPES). He has sat on a number of committees and was a founding member of the EPSRC Strategic Advisory Team for capital equipment, as well as the ESRC Science Engineering and Technology Board. He is currently the interim Director of Research Complex at Harwell.

You can contact David at the address/email below:

Prof. David J Payne
Department of Materials
Imperial College London
Exhibition Rd
South Kensington
London SW7 2AZ
Tel: +44 (0)20 759 42585
Email: d.payne – at –

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