Department of Materials


Dr Sam Pering MChem, PhD

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Doctoral Prize Fellow

Sam completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Bath in 2015, during which he spent a year in research at the University of South Australia studying polymer electronics and their use in high energy density metal-air batteries. During the final year of his MChem he began research into Perovskite Solar Cells, and continued this work through to a PhD, exploring the physics of the materials in order to improve their stability. In 2019 Sam finished his PhD and was awarded a Doctoral Prize Fellowship at Loughborough University to research lead-free perovskite materials for energy applications.


  • MChem, 2015, University of Bath
  • PhD, 2019, University of Bath

My research interest is renewable energy technologies, particularly solar cells and batteries. More specifically, developing new materials for application and exploring the fundamental physical processes within them:

  • Discovery of new perovskite materials for Solar Cells
  • Synthesis and characterisation of thin films
  • Fabrication of Solar Cell devices
  • Perovskite Quantum Dots for photovoltaic applications
  • CGA014 Materials Design & Make Project
  • MPC110 Undergraduate Research Project Supervision

Selected publications

D. W. Ferdani*, S. R. Pering*, D. Ghosh, P. Kubiak, A. B. Walker, S. E. Lewis, A. L. Johnson, P. J. Baker, M. S. Islam and P. J. Cameron, Partial cation substitution reduces iodide ion transport in lead iodide perovskite solar cells. Energy Environ. Sci. 12, 2264–2272 (2019).

R. García-Rodríguez, D. Ferdani, S. Pering, P. J. Baker and P. J. Cameron, Influence of bromide content on iodide migration in inverted MAPb(I1−xBrx)3 perovskite solar cells. J. Mater. Chem. A 7, 22604–22614 (2019).

S. R. Pering, W. Deng, J. R. Troughton, P. S. Kubiak, D. Ghosh, R. G. Niemann, F. Brivio, F. E. Jeffrey, A. B. Walker, M. S. Islam, T. M. Watson, P. R. Raithby, A. L. Johnson, S. E. Lewis and P. J. Cameron, Azetidinium lead iodide for perovskite solar cells. J. Mater. Chem. A 5, 20658–20665 (2017).

S. R. Pering, J. A. Nicholas, B. Bayatsarmadi, D. Evans, M. Fabretto, A. Blencowe, P. J. Murphy and P. Talemi, The effect of block copolymer additives for a highly active polymeric metal-free oxygen reduction electrode. RSC Adv. 6, 28809–28814 (2016).

R. Brooke, M. Fabretto, M. Krasowska, P. Talemi, S. Pering, P. J. Murphy and D. Evans, Organic Energy Devices from Ionic Liquids and Conducting Polymers. J. Mater. Chem. C 4, 1550–1556 (2016).