Maria LebedevaPositions

Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Department of Materials; Nicholas Kurti Junior Research Fellow, Brasenose College.


MSci (Moscow State University), PhD (University of Nottingham)

Academic Background and Previous Positions

I have graduated with an MSci degree in Chemistry from Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2010. I have then joined the Nottingham Nanocarbon group at the University of Nottingham and completed a PhD in Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. A.N. Khlobystov and Prof. M. Schroder investigating the combination of functionalised fullerenes and transition metal complexes for optoelectronic and catalytic applications, and was awarded a PhD degree in 2014. I then stayed as a postdoctoral research fellow in Nottingham Nanocarbon, before joining the Carbon Nanomaterials Group in Oxford Materials Department in 2015 to work on the development of endohedral fullerenes for applications in organic solar cells.

Research Interests

My research interests focus on developing chemistry of various carbon nanomaterials, such as fullerenes and carbon nanotubes, for solar energy harvesting, energy storage, sustainable heterogeneous catalysis, and nanolithography.


"Chemical Reactions at the Graphitic Step-Edge: Changes in Product Distribution of Catalytic Reactions as a Tool to Explore Environment within Carbon Nanoreactors", M.A. Lebedeva, T.W. Chamberlain, A. Thomas, C.T. Stoppiello, E. Volkova, M. Suyetin, A.N. Khlobystov, Nanoscale, 2016, 8, 11727-11737.

Stabilising the Lowest Energy Charge-Separated State in a {Metal Chromophore-Fullerene} Assembly: A Tuneable Panchromatic Absorbing Donor Acceptor Triad", M. A. Lebedeva, T. W. Chamberlain, P. A. Scattergood, M. Delor, I. V. Sazanovich, J. A. Weinstein, E. S. Davies, M. Suyetin, E. Besley, M. Schröder, and A. N. Khlobystov, Chem. Sci., 2016, 7, 5908-5921.

Semiconducting End-Perfluorinated P3HT-Fullerenic Hybrids as Potential Additives for P3HT/IC70BA blends", S. Kakogianni, M. A. Lebedeva, G. Paloumbis, A. K. Andreopoulou, K. Porfyrakis, J. K. Kallitsis, RSC Advances, 2016, 6, 98306 - 98316.

Direct Measurement of Electron Transfer in Nanoscale Host-Guest Systems: Metallocenes in Carbon Nanotubes", R. L. McSweeney, T. W. Chamberlain, M. Baldoni, M.A. Lebedeva, E. S. Davies, E. Besley, A. N. Khlobystov, Chem. Eur. J., 2016, 22, 13540-13549.

Harnessing the Synergistic and Complementary Properties of Fullerene and Transition-Metal Compounds for Nanomaterial Applications", M. Lebedeva, T. W. Chamberlain, A. N. Khlobystov, Chem. Rev., 2015, 115 (20), 11301-11351.

Switching Intermolecular Interactions by Confinement in Carbon Nanotubes", T. W. Chamberlain, M. A. Lebedeva, W. Abuajwa, M. Suyetin, W. Lewis, E. Bichoutskaia, M. Schroder and A. N. Khlobystov, Chem. Commun., 2015, 51, 648-651.

A New Pathway for Heterogenisation of Molecular Catalysts by Non-covalent Interactions with Carbon Nanoreactors", M. A. Lebedeva, T.W. Chamberlain, M. Schroder and A.N. Khlobystov, Chem. Mater., 2014, 26, 6461-6466.

Transition metal complexes of a salen-fullerene diad: redox and catalytically active nanostructures for delivery of metals to nanotubes", M. A. Lebedeva, T. W. Chamberlain, E. S. Davies, D. Mancel, B. E. Thomas, M. Suyetin, E. Bichoutskaia, M. Schroder, A. N. Khlobystov, Chem. A Eur. J., 2013, 19, 11999-12008.


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Oxford Carbon Nanomaterials Group