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Dr Marina Freitag

Reader in Energy Materials, Royal Society University Research Fellow (URF) and Newcastle University Academic Track Fellow (NUAcT)

School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Newcastle University, UK


Dr Marina Freitag is currently a Reader in Energy Materials and a Royal Society University Research Fellow at Newcastle University. She is developing new light-driven technologies that incorporate coordination polymers to solve the most important challenges in the research area, including issues of sustainability, stability and performance of hybrid PV. The development of such highly innovative concepts has given Marina international recognition, including recipient of the prestigious 2022 Royal Society of Chemistry Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize 2022, and placed her at the heart of a new wave of sustainable optoelectronic devices.

Her research into hybrid molecular devices, began during her doctoral studies (2007-2011, Rutgers University, NJ, USA) where she was awarded an Electrochemical Society Travel Award and Dean Dissertation Fellowship 2011. Dr Freitag moved to Uppsala University (2013-2015) for a postdoctoral research position, which focused on the implementation of alternative redox mediators, leading to a breakthrough today known as “zombie solar cells”. Dr Freitag was invited to further develop this work at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) with Prof. Anders Hagfeldt (July 2015-August 2016). From 2016-2020 she was appointed as Assistant Professor at Uppsala University, Sweden, where she received the Göran Gustaffsson Young Researcher Award 2019. 


  1. Since 2022

    Reader in Energy Materials

    Newcastle University
  2. Since 2020

    URF/ NUAcT

    Newcastle University, UK
  3. 2016-2020

    Assistant Professor

    Uppsala University, Sweden
  4. 2015-2016


    EPFL, Switzerland
  5. 2013-2015


    Uppsala University, Sweden
  6. 2007-2011


    Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey, USA
  7. 2003-2006

    Bachelor of Science

    Freie University Berlin, Germany