In December 2010, Professor Snaith co-founded Oxford Photovoltaics Ltd to commercialise the solar technology transferred from his laboratory at the University of Oxford.
Professor Snaith was appointed as an RCUK fellow/lecturer in photovoltaics at the University in 2007; where he leads a research group of 20 scientists primarily focused on advancing the fundamental understanding and operation of solid-state dye-sensitised, hybrid and perovskite solar cells. His current research is heavily focused on developing new materials and nanostructures for hybrid solar cells and understanding and controlling the physical processes occurring at electronic interfaces. He has made a number of significant advances for solution-processed solar cells, including the first demonstration of “gyroid” structured titania and mesoporous single crystals of TiO2 for dye-sensitised solar cells (DSSC), and the recent discovery of highly efficient solid-state perovskite photovoltaics.
Professor Snaith undertook his PhD at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Professor Sir Richard Friend, working on polymer blend photovoltaic diodes. Following his PhD, Professor Snaith spent two years at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) as a post-doc, where his research focused on developing the technology behind and understanding of the operation of solid-state DSSCs. He returned to the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge to take up a Junior Research Fellowship for Clare College in 2006, where he continued to develop and study the solid-state DSSC, pushing the solar power conversion efficiency to over 5%. In 2012, Professor Snaith was awarded the Paterson medal and prize by the Institute of Physics for his important contributions to the field of excitonic solar cells. New research by Professor Snaith and colleagues at the University of Oxford has been published by Nature and Science.
In 2013, Nature named Professor Snaith for its list of ten people who mattered in 2013, in recognition of his work on next generation solar power technology.