Julien Warnan, MRSC


I was brought up in France and studied organic chemistry at the Université de Nantes (France). After advancing molecules and devices towards hybrid and organic photovoltaics during my PhD in the group of Dr. Fabrice Odobel, and a postdoctoral tenure at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST, Saudi Arabia), I developed a deep interest in the conversion of solar energy to chemicals as a means towards energy storage at the University of Cambridge (UoC, UK) in the group of Prof. Erwin Reisner. In 2018, I was awarded a merit advancement in recognition of an outstanding and sustained contribution over and above the normal expectation, and ensured the role of Senior Research Associate at the UoC.

Since December 2019, I have been pursuing research on Functional Molecules and Materials for Energy as a Junior Group Leader as part of the Chair of Inorganic and Metal-Organic Chemistry at the Technical University of Munich (TUM, Germany).

I have so far authored ~40 publications, delivered several invited talks across the world and helped secure millions-worth (ERC, Doppler) research fundings. I have been a Guest Editor for special editions on artificial photosynthesis and been interviewed about my work by the newspaper Le Parisien and magazine Chem@Cam.