Dr Zoe Schnepp

Dr Zoe Schnepp

School of Chemistry
Associate Professor in Materials Chemistry

Contact details

School of Chemistry
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Zoe Schnepp’s research focusses on the sustainable synthesis of materials. In particular, she is interested in using biomass to produce materials for applications in energy (fuel cells, batteries) and water purification. Zoe is a regular user of the Diamond Light Source synchrotron and ISIS, a neutron beamline in Didcot, where she studies the mechanism of formation of materials and the structure of biological polymers.

In addition to her research, Zoe leads the ChemBAM project, which aims to enhance the experience of chemistry for school pupils throughout the UK. ChemBAM links the National Curriculum to University research and ‘real world’ chemistry through activities and experiments.

Listen to Zoe speaking about her research on BBC World Service's Science In Action.


Lecturer in Chemistry:

  • PhD in Chemistry, University of Bristol, 2009
  • MSci (Hons) in Chemistry with Industrial Experience, University of Bristol, 2005


Zoe Schnepp completed a PhD with Professor Stephen Mann at the University of Bristol in 2009. She then held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Colloids and interfaces in Germany before moving to the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan. Here, she was awarded an independent postdoctoral fellowship in the International Center for Young Scientists. In 2012, she returned to the UK as a Birmingham Fellow.



  • Sustainability
  • Biopolymers for materials synthesis
  • Ceramic nanomaterials
  • Carbon nanomaterials
  • Biopolymer structure
  • Metal carbide and nitride nanomaterials


Selected Recent Publications:

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