Ultrafast Dynamics Group
Frédéric Laquai's Group


Catherine Suenne De Castro

Postdoctoral Fellows

Research Interests

Catherine’s major research interests are directed towards the accurate photophysical characterization of materials. Her work is currently focused on photocatalysis and organic photovoltaics although she has extensive experience with perovskites, fluorescence probes and chemosensors as well as complex polymer systems.

Selected Publications

  • Péan, E. V.; De Castro, C. S.; Dimitrov, S.; De Rossi, F.; Meroni, S.; Baker, J.; Watson, T.; Davies, M. L. Investigating the Superoxide Formation and Stability in Mesoporous Carbon Perovskite Solar Cells with an Aminovaleric Acid Additive. Adv. Funct. Mater. 1909839, 1-9, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1002/adfm.201909839.​ 
  • an, E. V.; De Castro, C. S.; Davies, M. L.. Shining a light on the photoluminescence behaviour of methylammonium lead iodide perovskite: Investigating the competing photobrightening and photodarkening processes. M. L. Materials Letters, 243, 191-194, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matlet.2019.01.103​.
  • McFarlane, T.; De Castro, C. S.; Holliman, P. J.; Davies, M. L. Improving the light harvesting and colour range of methyl ammonium lead tri bromide (MAPbBr3) perovskite solar cells through co-sensitisation with organic dyes. Chemical Communications, 55, 35-38, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1039/c8cc07298a​.
  • Sagar, J.; Dibya, P.; Davies, M. L.; Li, M.; Bertrand, P.; De Castro, C. S.; Zhen, Q.; Jinhyun, K.; Trystan, W.; Wing, C. T.; Olof, K.; Hakan, R.; Gerrit, B.; Edvinsson, T.; Durrant, ​Vapour assisted morphological tailoring of lead-free Bismuth based perovskite solar cells for improved performance and stability. Nano Energy, 49, 614-624, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nanoen.2018.05.003.
  • Speller, E. M.; McGettrick, J. D.; Rice, B. M.; Telford, A. M.; Lee, H. K. H, Tan, C.-H.; De Castro, C. S.; Davies, M. L.; Watson, T. M.; Nelson, J.; Durrant, J. R.; Li, Z.; Tsoi, W. C. Impact of Aggregation on the Photochemistry of Fullerene Films: Correlating Stability to Triplet Exciton Kinetics. ACSApplied Materials & Interfaces, 9 (27), 22739–22747, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.7b03298.​​


  • PhD in Chemistry, Specialisation in Photochemistry, University of Coimbra, Portugal, 2016
  • Masters Degree in Advanced Chemistry, University of Coimbra, Portugal, 2010
  • BSc (Hons.), Chemistry, University of Coimbra, Portugal, 2008

Professional Profile

  • 2018 - 2019: Post-Doctoral Fellow. Swansea University. United Kingdom
  • 2016 - 2018: Post-Doctoral Research Assistant. Swansea University. United Kingdom
  • 2015 - 2015: Fellow Researcher. University of Coimbra, Portugal. Laser Lab Europe III - Study of ultrafast photoinduced reactions
  • 2011 - 2015: PhD Fellow Researcher. University of Coimbra, Portugal. Synthesis, photophysical and molecular simulation investigations on fluorescent oligomers and polymers
  • 2010 - 2010: Fellow Researcher. University of Coimbra, Portugal. Anthocyanins as natural photoprotectors​

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​​Early Career Representative on the RSC's Photophysics and Photochemistry Group’s Committee
  • Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
  • European Society of Photobiology (ESP)
  • Portuguese Society of Chemistry (SPQ)


 Nomination for Education/Science Award, Gala Ardina D'Ouro, Notícias de Fafe, Portugal (2019)​