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Dr Miguel Anaya

Dr Miguel Anaya

Research Associate @StranksLab

Schlumberger Research Fellow at Darwin College

Cavendish Laboratory
JJ Thomson Ave
Kapitza Building K28
Cambridge CB3 0HE
United Kingdom

Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 337287


Miguel Anaya is Research Associate at the group headed by Sam Stranks at the University of Cambridge, and the Schlumberger Research Fellow at Darwin College, Cambridge. He graduated from Autonomous University of Madrid in 2012 with a B.S.+M.S. in Physics (First Class), and he obtained a second M.S. in Materials Science in 2013 at the University of Seville (First Class Honours). He started his scientific career in 2010 working at the Multifunctional Optical Materials Group (MOM) led by Prof. Hernán Míguez with a student internship at the Institute of Materials Science of Seville (CSIC-University of Seville). During his Master Thesis at MOM, Miguel became an expert on the synthesis of nanoparticles, preparation of porous one-dimensional photonic crystals and their integration in dye-sensitized solar cells. In September 2013 he got a contract at MOM in order to carry out a scientific project between Abengoa Solar LLC and the Spanish National Research Council, where he acquired proficiency in controlling the porosity of photonic structures. In September 2014, he was awarded by a prestigious La Caixa Fellowship to fund his PhD (only selected proposal in Materials Science) for a project related to optical design of perovskite materials and solar cells. He defended his thesis the 17th May 2018, being evaluated by an international panel of experts (Prof Anders Hagfeldt, Dr Annamaria Petrozza, Dr Sam Stranks, Dr Iván Mora, Prof Monica Lira and Prof Carmen Gallardo). His thesis was distinguished unanimously as cum laude with an international mention, and it has received the Prize for Best Experimental Thesis of the Spanish Royal Society of Physics.

Miguel has been recognized with the SPIE Scholarship and the E-MRS Student Award for his contributions. He has been distinguished as Best Young Investigator 2016 by the City Hall of Seville as well as with the Prize to the Best Article of the University of Seville 2016 and CICCartuja (editions 2015, 2016 and 2017).


  • Energy
  • Hybrid Nanomaterials,
  • Photovoltaics
  • Optical spectroscopy

Key Publications

Academic publications: (†Joint first author)

  1. Anaya, M. et al. Resonant photocurrent generation in dye-sensitized periodically nanostructured photoconductors by optical field confinement effects, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 7803-7806.
  2. Anaya, M. et al. J.; Míguez, H. Optical description of mesostructured organic-inorganic halide perovskite solar cells, J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2015, 6, 48–53.
  3. Zhang, W.†; Anaya, M.  et al. Highly efficient perovskite solar cells with tuneable structural color, Nano Lett., 2015, 15, 1698-1702.
  4. Galisteo-López, F. J.; Anaya, M. et al. Environmental effects on the photophysics of organic-inorganic halide perovskites, J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2015, 6, 2200-2205.
  5. Anaya, M.; et al. Photophysical analysis of the formation of organic-inorganic trihalide perovskite films: identification and characterization of crystal nucleation and growth, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2016, 120, 3071-3076. 
  6. Anaya, M. et al. Solution processed high refractive index contrast distributed Bragg reflectors, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2016, 4, 4532-4537.
  7. Correa-Baena, J.P.†; Anaya, M.;  et al. Unbroken perovskite: interplay of morphology, electro-optical properties and ionic movement, Adv. Mater., 2016, 28, 5031-5037.
  8. Anaya, M.;  et al. Optical analysis of CH3NH3SnxPb1-xI3 absorbers: a roadmap for perovskite-on-perovskite tandem solar cells, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2016, 4, 11214-11221. Highlighted as cover.
  9. Anaya, M.;  et al. Electron injection and scaffold effect in perovskite solar cells, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017, 5, 634-644.
  10. Anaya, M.;  et al. Strong quantum confinement and fast photoemission activation in CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite nanocrystals grown within periodically mesostructured films, Adv. Opt. Mater., 2017, 5, 1601087. Highlighted as cover.
  11. Jiménez-Solano, A.; Anaya, M.;  et al. Aperiodic metal-dielectric multilayers as highly efficient sunlight reflectors, Adv. Opt. Mater., 2017, 5 1600833. 
  12. Anaya, M.; L et al. ABX3 perovskites for tandem solar cells, Joule, 2017, 4, 769-793.
  13. Anaya, M.;  et al. Origin of light-induced photophysical effects in organic metal halide perovskites in the presence of oxygen, J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2018, 9, 3891-3896. Highlighted as Editor´s Choice Article.
  14. Rubino, A.; Anaya, M.;  et al. highly efficient and environmentally stable flexible color converters based on confined CH3NH3PbBr3 nanocrystals, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2018, 10, 38334-38340.
  15. Avila, J.; Momblona, C.; Boix, P.; Sessolo, M.; Anaya, M.; et al. High voltage vacuum-deposited CH3NH3PbI3-CH3NH3PbI3 tandem solar cells, Energy Environ. Sci., 2018, 11, 3292-3297.


  1. Mirror for solar energy applications and manufacturing method thereof, EP P201431774, 24/11/2014, owned by Abengoa Solar New Technologies, S.A.
  2. Biomimetic colourful perovskite solar cells, EP 15382026.1, 30/01/2015, owned by CSIC-Isis Innovation.
  3. Nanostructured perovskite, EP 15382285, 29/05/2015, owned by CSIC.
  4. ABX3 compounds infiltrated within a porous metal oxide film, EP 18382341, 18/05/2018, owned by CSIC.