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Dr Sam Stranks PhD

Dr Sam Stranks, PhD

Royal Society University Research Fellow

College Lecturer and Fellow, Clare College

Cavendish Laboratory
JJ Thomson Ave
Kapitza Building K26

Cambridge CB3 0HE CB3 0HE
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 nanotube/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, the 2017 Early Career Prize from the European Physical Society, and the 2018 Henry Moseley Award and Medal from the Institute of Physics. In 2017 he was named by the MIT Technology Review as one of the 35 under 35 innovators in Europe and was recently listed by Clarivate Analytics as one of the top 10 most influential researchers in the world by citations of hot papers. Sam is a co-founder of Swift Solar, a startup developing lightweight perovskite PV panels

Research groups


Research Interests

  • Energy
  • Hybrid Nanomaterials,
  • Photovoltaics
  • Optical spectroscopy