Dr Leigh Aldous
Senior Lecturer in Chemistry
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 1744
Address: Department of Chemistry King's College London Room 116, Britannia House 7 Trinity Street London SE1 1DB
Leigh obtained his B.Sc. from the University of Leeds (2004) followed by a Ph.D. in Chemistry & Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast (2007). He was then a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast (2007-2009) and the University of Oxford (2009-2011). In late 2011 he moved to the University of New South Wales (aka UNSW Sydney) to start his own research group as a Lecturer; he is currently an adjunct Senior Lecturer at the same institution. In early 2017 Leigh moved to King’s College London.
Research Group: Aldous
The broad research interests of the Aldous group can be summarised by two core areas:
Thermoelectrochemistry: Our interest in thermoelectrochemistry is related to the conversion of waste heat into useful energy using redox chemistry. This is an entropy-driven process, and as it relies upon chemistry it has no moving mechanical parts and is highly scalable. We are tailoring our redox chemistry (electrochemistry), electrolyte and electrodes towards having the highest possible efficiency, while also aiming to be as innocuous as possible, with the end goal of developing wearable devices to exploit waste body heat.
Biomass utilisation: Biomass is basically trees, grass, agricultural waste and a whole range of other things. Like almost everything else, they are made of chemicals. Our research investigates converting these chemicals into useful energy and some of the chemicals required for modern day quality of life. We combine this with the principles of ‘green chemistry’ or ‘sustainable chemistry’, looking to recycle as much as possible while making the smallest possible impact outside of our process.
For the latest progress by the Aldous group, please see our research outputs at
- J. Wu (UG), J. J. Black, L. Aldous. 'Thermoelectrochemistry using conventional and novel gelled electrolytes in heat-to-current thermocells’ , Electrochemical Acta, 2017, 225, pp. 482–492.
- M. Al Maimani (UG), J. J. Black, L. Aldous. 'Achieving pseudo-‘n-type p-type’ in-series and parallel liquid thermoelectrics using all-iron thermoelectrochemical cells with opposite Seebeck coefficients’ , Electrochemistry Communications, 2016, 72, pp. 181–185.
- E. H. B. Anari et al., L. Aldous. 'Substituted ferrocenes and iodine as synergistic thermoelectrochemical heat harvesting redox couples in ionic liquids’ , Chemical Communications, 2016, 52, pp. 745-748.
- S. Xu (UG), M. M. Hossain, B. B. Y. Lau, T. Q. To, A. Rawal, L. Aldous. 'Total quantification and extraction of shikimic acid from star anise (llicium verum) using solid-state NMR and cellulose-dissolving aqueous hydroxide solutions’, Sustainable Chemistry and Pharmacy, 2017, in press.
- W. X. Teh (UG), M. M. Hossain, T. Q. To, L. Aldous. 'Pretreatment of Macadamia Nut Shells with Ionic Liquids Facilitates Both Mechanical Cracking and Enzymatic Hydrolysis’, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2015, 3, pp 992–999.
- W. E. S. Hart, J. B Harper, L. Aldous. 'The effect of changing the components of an ionic liquid upon the solubility of lignin’ , Green Chemistry, 2014, 17, pp. 214-218.