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Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry


Leverhulme Research Fellow

Research Interests

I am interested in developing new and better ways to turn waste such as CO2 into useful fuels using renewable energy to address the grand challenge of climate change. In particular, I am interested in using the best parts of nature such as enzymes which can perform these reaction with unprecedented efficiency in combination with state-of-the-art materials that can effectively transfer energy to enzymes to allow them to operate at their best.

I use a wide range of experimental and computational techniques such as electrochemistry, multiple spectroscopic techniques, quartz crystal microbalance measurements and finite element modelling to understand how to develop better systems. Enzymes immobilised on electrodes are highly complex systems, which exist in an environment that is very different to bulk solution that can help (but also hinder) the performance of these systems. Understanding this environment is not straightforward, with multiple factors affecting their response and therefore only by combining multiple techniques can we begin to understand how to improve their performance. Using these techniques we can develop new materials and methods to improve the interaction between enzymes and the electrode, and also optimise their local solution environment through nanoconfinement effects to make the system perform at its best.

Also, I am interested in using enzymes as a model system to inspire the next generation of synthetic catalysts. Nature has already found solutions for many of the current challenges we face, and by learning from how nature solved these problems we can improve the performance of synthetic systems. We can also understand problems that synthetic catalysts may face as they improve, approaching the performance of enzymes.


  • Junior Research Fellowship (Non-Stipendiary), Darwin College Cambridge
  • Honorary Research Fellow, University of Warwick, UK
  • NanoDTC Teaching Associate


1.Method for Forming Diamond Product Application number:GB2003310.6 Filed: 06/03/20

2. Electrochemical Sensor System Application number: GB1905172.1 Filed: 11/04/19

Based on: Enhancing Square Wave Voltammetry Measurements via Electrochemical Analysis of the Non-Faradaic Potential Window. Samuel J. Cobb and Julie V. Macpherson. Analytical Chemistry, 91, 12, 9345-9342. DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.9b01857

Awards and Prizes

Talk Prize-Midlands electrochemistry group 2017, Nottingham, UK, April 2017

PCCP Poster Prize- Faraday Joint Interest Conference, Warwick, UK, April 2017

Talk Prize- Bright Sparks Symposium, Warwick, UK, September 2016



An sp 2 Patterned Boron Doped Diamond Electrode for the Simultaneous Detection of Dissolved Oxygen and pH
TL Read, SJ Cobb, JV Macpherson
– ACS Sens
Deconvoluting Surface-Bound Quinone Proton Coupled Electron Transfer in Unbuffered Solutions: Toward a Universal Voltammetric pH Electrode.
SJ Cobb, ZJ Ayres, ME Newton, JV Macpherson
– Journal of the American Chemical Society
Facet‐Resolved Electrochemistry of Polycrystalline Boron‐Doped Diamond Electrodes: Microscopic Factors Determining the Solvent Window in Aqueous Potassium Chloride Solutions
DQ Liu, CH Chen, D Perry, G West, SJ Cobb, JV Macpherson, PR Unwin
– ChemElectroChem
Boron Doped Diamond: A Designer Electrode Material for the Twenty-First Century.
SJ Cobb, ZJ Ayres, JV Macpherson
– Annu Rev Anal Chem (Palo Alto Calif)
Quinone electrochemistry for the comparative assessment of sp2 surface content of boron doped diamond electrodes
ZJ Ayres, SJ Cobb, ME Newton, JV Macpherson
– Electrochemistry Communications
Assessment of Acid and Thermal Oxidation Treatments for Removing Sp2 Bonded Carbon from the Surface of Boron Doped Diamond
S Cobb, F Laidlaw, G West, G Wood, M Newton, R Beanland, J Macpherson
Assessment of Acid and Thermal Oxidation Treatments for Removing Sp2 Bonded Carbon from the Surface of Boron Doped Diamond
S Cobb, F Laidlaw, G West, G Wood, M Newton, R Beanland, J Macpherson
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