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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology


Key research themes:

  • Halide perovskites and other novel materials for energy devices, such as solar cells and light-emitting devices.
  • Design, fabrication and characterisation of detectors for clinical applications.
  • Understanding of structural and photophysical properties of emerging semiconductors at the nanoscale.
  • Design and fabrication of photonic structures for its application in real-world devices.
  • Multifunctional porous materials.

Our work is highly interdisciplinary and collaborative, with strong connections with the Cavendish Laboratory, the Royce Institute at the Maxwell Centre, the School of Clinical Medicine and the UK synchrotron (Diamond Light Source), among others. For more info, see our website: Optoelectronic Materials and Device Spectroscopy Group.


Miguel Anaya is a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, and a Research Fellow at Darwin College, University of 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 completed his PhD at the Spanish National Research Council in 2018, with recognition from the Spanish Royal Society of Physics as the best Thesis in Experimental Physics.

Miguel leads a team focussed on the modelling, fabrication and characterisation of perovskite-based devices at the Optoelectronic Materials and Device Spectroscopy Group. For his work, he has received the SPIE Scholarship, the E-MRS Student Award, Best Young Investigator 2016 by the City Hall of Seville and has been distinguished as Emerging Investigator 2021 by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Despite his early career stage, to date Miguel has raised ca. £1.5M.


Key publications: 

Key publications: 

See google scholar for a detailed list of scientific publications

(†Joint first author)

  1. Frohna, K.; *Anaya, M.; Macpherson, S.; Sung, J.; Doherty, T. A. S.; Chiang, Y.-H.; Winchester, A. J.; Orr, K. W. P.; Parker, J. E.; Quinn, P. D.; Dani, K. M.; Rao, A.; *Stranks, S. D. Nanoscale chemical heterogeneity dominates the optoelectronic response of alloyed perovskite solar cells Nat. Nanotech. 2022, 17, 190—196  | Accepted version | arXiv:2106.04942 | Data for paper
  2. Moseley, O.D.I.; Doherty, T.A.S.; Parmee, R.; *Anaya, M.; *Stranks, S.D. Halide perovskites scintillators: unique promise and current limitations J. Mater. Chem. C 2021, Emerging Investigator Issue, Advance Article (Gold Open Access) | Accepted version
  3. Mela, I.; Pudel, C.; *Anaya, M.; Delport, G.; Frohna, K.; Macpherson, S.; Doherty, T. A. S.; Scheeder, A.; *Stranks, S. D.; *Kaminski, F. C. Revealing Nanomechanical Domains and Their Transient Behavior in Mixed‐Halide Perovskite Films Adv. Funct. Mater2021, 31(23)2100293 (Gold Open Access) | Accepted version
  4. Bowman, A. R.; Anaya, M.; Greenham, N. C.; *Stranks, S. D. Quantifying Photon Recycling in Solar Cells and Light-Emitting Diodes: Absorption and Emission Are Always Key Phys. Rev. Lett. 2020, 125(6)067401 | Accepted version | Data for paper
  5. Chiang, Y.-H.; Anaya, M; *Stranks, S. D. Multi-source Vacuum Deposition of Methylammonium-free Perovskite Solar Cells, ACS Energy Lett. 20205(8)2498–2504 | Accepted version 
  6. Anaya, M.; Rand, B. P.; Holmes, R. J.; Credgington, D.; Bolink, H. J.; Friend, R. H.; Wang, J.; Greenham, N. C.; *Stranks, S. D. Best practices for measuring emerging light-emitting diode technologiesNat. Photonics, 2019, DOI: 10.1038/s41566-019-0543-y
  7. Ruggeri, E.; Anaya, M.; Gałkowski, K.; Delport, G.; Kosasih, F. U.; Abfalterer, A.; Mackowski, S.; Ducati, C.; *Stranks, S. D. Controlling the Growth Kinetics and Optoelectronic Properties of 2D/3D Lead–Tin Perovskite Heterojunctions, Adv. Mater.2019, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201905247
  8. 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.
  9. Anaya, M.; L et al. ABX3 perovskites for tandem solar cells, Joule, 2017, 4, 769-793.
  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. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Zhang, W.†; Anaya, M.†  et al. Highly efficient perovskite solar cells with tuneable structural color, Nano Lett., 2015, 15, 1698-1702.
  14. 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.


  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.
Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow
Miguel Anaya

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