Dr Maria Lebedeva

Post-Doctoral Research Associate


Maria graduated with an MSci degree in Chemistry from Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2010. She then joined the Nottingham Nanocarbon group and completed a PhD 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. She then stayed as a postdoctoral research fellow in Nottingham Nanocarbon group working on utilising functionalised fullerenes, carbon nanotubes and graphitised nanofibres as nanoreactors and developing extraction techniques and separation methods for nanostructured materials formed in quasi-1D nanotube templates, 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 Topics

Development of endohedral fullerenes for organic solar cells.

Select Publications

"Achieving 6.7% Efficiency in P3HT/Indene-C70 Bisadduct Solar Cells through the Control of Vertical Volume Fraction Distribution and Optimized Regio-Isomer Ratios", D. I. Kutsarov, I. Rasovic, A. Zachariadis, A. Laskarakis, M. A. Lebedeva, K. Porfyrakis, C. A. Mills, M. J. Beliatis, B. Fisher, K. Bruchlos, S. Ludwigs, S. Logothetidis and S. R. P. Silva, Adv. Electron. Mater., 2016, in press.

"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, DOI: 10.1039/C6RA22857G.

"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.

"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.

"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.

"Tuning the interactions between electron spins in fullerene-based triad systems", M. A. Lebedeva, T. W. Chamberlain, E. S. Davies, B. E. Thomas, M. Schroder, A. N. Khlobystov, Beilstein, J. Org. Chem., 2014, 10, 332-343.

"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.

"An efficient route to the synthesis of symmetric and asymmetric diastereomerically pure fullerene triads", M. A. Lebedeva, T. W. Chamberlain, M. Schroder, A. N. Khlobystov, Tetrahedron, 2012, 68, 4976-4985.

"Functionalized fullerenes in self-assembled monolayers", M. C. Gimenez-Lopez, M. T. Raisanen, T. W. Chamberlain, U. Weber, M. Lebedeva, G. A. Rance, G. A. B. Briggs, D. Pettifor, V. Burlakov, M. Buck, A. N. Khlobystov, Langmuir, 2011, 27, 10977-10985

Outside the Lab

Playing competitive table tennis at the national level as well as coaching table tennis for beginners and improvers.


Department of Materials
University of Oxford
16 Parks Road
Oxford OX1 3PH
United Kingdom