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Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge

Studying at Cambridge


Dr Sam Stranks

Dr Sam Stranks

Royal Society University Research Fellow

Fellow of Clare College

Sam Stranks is accepting applications for PhD students.

Cavendish Laboratory
JJ Thomson Ave
Kapitza Building K26
Cambridge CB3 0HE
United Kingdom

Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 337288


Sam Stranks (@samstranks) is a Royal Society University Research Fellow, TED Fellow, Group Leader at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge. He graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2007 with a BA (German and Applied Mathematics), BSc (Physics and Physical Chemistry), BSc (First Class Honours in Physics) and a University Medal. He completed his PhD as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University with Robin Nicholas, receiving the 2012 Institute of Physics Roy Thesis Prize for his work on carbon nantoube/polymer blends for organic solar cell applications. From 2012-2014, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher in Henry Snaith’s group at Oxford University where he was also a Junior Research Fellow at Worcester College and Lecturer in Physics at Corpus Christi College. From 2014-2016, he was a Marie Curie Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology working jointly with Vladimir Bulovic and Richard Friend (Cambridge). Sam received the 2016 IUPAP Young Scientist in Semiconductor Physics Prize for "pioneering discoveries in the field of perovskite solar cells and optoelectronics through spectroscopy” and in 2017 was awarded the Early Career Prize by the European Physical Society and named by the MIT Technology Review as one of the 35 under 35 innovators in Europe.


  • Energy
  • Hybrid Nanomaterials,
  • Photovoltaics
  • Optical spectroscopy