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Daniel Sowood

Daniel Sowood

PhD Student

Optoelectronics Group
University of Cambridge
Cavendish Laboratory
J J Thomson Avenue



Originally from Uxbridge in Middlesex, I read Chemistry at St John's College, Oxford and graduated in September 2018. Shortly thereafter, I commenced my PhD in the Optoelectronics Group under the supervision of Prof Neil Greenham, funded by the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in New and Sustainable Photovoltaics (CDT-PV). I am a member of Wolfson College. 

I completed several summer research projects as an undergraduate. The first was a medicinal chemistry project, synthesising new compounds for the treatment of whipworm disease under the supervision of Prof Angela Russell (University of Oxford). The second was a spectroscopy project, investigating metal oxide thin films for solar fuel applications under the supervision of Prof James Durrant FRS (Imperial College London).

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the field of organic semiconductors, in particular materials for use in organic photovoltaic (OPV) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) applications. I use steady-state and time-resolved optical spectroscopies to study the photophysics of these materials, in order to better understand their device performance. Currently, I am exploring novel approaches to overcome the long-standing voltage problem in OPV.


I give supervisions for the Natural Sciences Tripos Part 1B Chemistry A paper (Second Year Physical Chemistry) to students at Emmanuel College.

Other Professional Activities

I am the Treasurer of Wolfson College Students' Association.


  • Polymers
  • Energy
  • Photovoltaics
  • Optical spectroscopy

Key Publications

  1. Partridge, F.A., Murphy, E.A., Willis, N.J., Bataille, C.J.R., Forman, R., Heyer-Chauhan, N., Marinič, B., Sowood, D.J.C., Wynne, G.M., Else, K.J., Russell, A.J. and Sattelle, D.B., 2017. 'Dihydrobenz[e][1, 4]oxazepin-2(3H)-ones, a new anthelmintic chemotype immobilising whipworm and reducing infectivity in vivo.' PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases11(2), p.e0005359.
  2. Partridge, F.A., Forman, R., Willis, N.J., Bataille, C.J.R., Murphy, E.A., Brown, A.E., Heyer-Chauhan, N., Marinič, B., Sowood, D.J.C., Wynne, G.M., Else, K.J., Russell, A.J. and Sattelle, D.B., 2018. '2, 4-Diaminothieno[3, 2-d]pyrimidines, a new class of anthelmintic with activity against adult and egg stages of whipworm.' PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases12(7), p.e0006487.