Professor Tim Albrecht

Professor Tim Albrecht joined the University of Birmingham as Chair in Physical Chemistry in 2017. Prior to joining the University, he was Reader in Interfacial and Analytical Sciences at Imperial College

  • PhD in Chemistry, TU Berlin and Max-Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry, Muelheim/Germany - 2003
  • Diploma in Chemistry, University of Essen/Germany and Department of Chemistry, University of California at Berkeley - 2000

Tim studied Chemistry at the University of Essen in Germany from 1995-2000. Following brief research visits at the European Joint Research Centre in Ispra in Italy and the University of California at Berkeley, Tim graduated with a Diploma in Chemistry (equivalent to a Masters degree) in early 2000.

After graduating, Tim joined Peter Hildebrandt's group at the Max-Planck Institute for Radiation Chemistry (now Bioinorganic Chemistry) in 2000. Tim worked on charge transfer processes in natural and artificial heme proteins on metal surfaces using SER(R)S, single-crystal electrochemistry and electrochemical STM (in Jens Ulstrup's group at the Technical Institute of Denmark (DTU). He obtained his PhD from the Technical University (TU) of Berlin in 2003 and afterwards returned to Ulstrup's group as a postdoctoral fellow.

In 2006, he moved to London to take up a lecturer position in Interfacial and Analytical Sciences in the Chemistry Department at Imperial College, where he was made Senior Lecturer in 2011 and then Reader in 2014.

In 2017, Tim joined the faculty in the School of Chemistry at Birmingham University as Chair of Physical Chemistry.

Other activities
  • Director of Postgraduate Studies, Department of Chemistry, Imperial College, 2012 - 2016
  • Member of Senate, Faculty of Natural Sciences Representative, Imperial College, 2010 - 2013

In relation to learned societies

  • RSC Electrochemistry Group, Executive Committee member (2011 onwards) and Chair (since 2014)
  • UK Regional Representative to the ISE - 2011 - 2016
  • Secretary General of the ISE - 2018 onwards

Working with industry

Technology Consultant at Imperial Consultants (2010 onwards)

Previous and ongoing industry collaborations include Agilent (now Keysight), Nanomeasurements Division and Agilent Research Santa Rosa (i.a. joint 1-year mutual secondment project), Rio Tinto (mineral leaching), Shell ('Digital Rocks' Project) and Siemens Corporate Technology in Erlangen/Germany (in relation to our DNA sequencing work).



  • Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), 2017
  • John-Albery Memorial Lecture at UK Electrochem, 2014
  • Welcome Trust Value-in-People Award for a Visiting Professorship at TU Delft (Kavli Institute for Nanoscience), 2014
  • Tajima Award, International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE), 2013
  • Lecture at Imperial College's 'Education Day' on innovative concepts for teaching in Nanoscience, 2010

Contact details

School of Chemistry
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT