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Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry


Teja Venkatesa Perumal (V. Teja) is a Commonwealth Scholar, funded by the UK government.

Teja's research broadly focuses on the production of solar fuels, i.e. the conversion of solar energy to valuable fuels.

Most recently, she worked alongside Prof. Michael Graetzel at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL). She studied the mechanism of the conversion of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) to valuable fuels and chemicals to help reduce CO2 emissions - the major cause of climate change. She discovered reaction pathways that have proved essential in demystifying the complex CO2 conversion process. Previously, she worked with Dr Valerie Keller at the French National Research Council (CNRS) as a Charpak Research Scholar. There she developed efficient and cheap photocatalysts for the production of hydrogen from water splitting and CO2 conversion.

At Cambridge, as an MPhil student in Chemistry and as a Commonwealth scholar, she develops efficient Copper-based catalytic materials to continue her research on CO2 conversion.

Teja also has prior experience in translating lab-scale research to industry from her time at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras where she founded a startup to upscale the photoreactor she designed. This won the UK India Social Innovation Challenge 2019 and is currently incubated at a national facility in India (CEDI). 


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