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Dr Geoff Hyett 

Associate Professor in Inorganic Chemistry, Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

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Dr Geoff Hyett is an Associate Professor of Inorganic materials chemistry, and the undergraduate admission tutor for chemistry programmes.

Our research focuses on the exploitation of mixed anion materials and encompasses a ‘cradle to grave approach’ for materials exploitation: from discovery, to thin film optimisation and all the way through to functional property testing.


Geoff Hyett studied chemistry at the University of Oxford as both an undergraduate and postgraduate. He was awarded an MChem in 2002, before completing a doctorate under the supervision of Professor Simon Clarke in 2005, on the topotactic modification of layered oxysulfide and selenide materials to control their magnetic properties. In the next stage of his research career Geoff developed an interest in chemical vapour deposition as a route to functional photocatalytic materials as thin films, working with Professor Ivan Parkin at University College London. While in London Geoff was appointed to his first teaching position, as a sessional lecturer at Birkbeck College on their life sciences university access course. In 2009 he was awarded an independent Ramsay Research Fellowship and took up his first full time academic lectureship at the University of Leeds in 2010. In 2013 he was appointed Lecturer of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Southampton and was promoted to associate professor in 2020.

Research interests

The Hyett research group's main focus is functional inorganic materials, with an emphasis on the potential of mixed anion materials, such as oxynitrides and oxysulfides. The mixed anion approach allows the differing charge, size and bonding requirements to influence structure and electronic properties giving novel materials and permitting tuning of properties. A key focus is the discovery of new materials, but the group also investigates the application of materials as thin films and coatings, making use of a range of techniques, including dip-coating and aerosol assisted chemical vapour deposition (AACVD).

Research Projects

A new method of nanosynthesis: chemical control of nanostructure in films

Investigating the effect of low cost chemical additives on chemical vapour deposition processes, to control film nanostructure and influence functional properties.

High surface area visible light activated self-cleaning thin films

In this project we plan to develop a low cost route to porous films of visible light active photocatalysts with high activity for self-cleaning applications. The aim is to prove their viability for our under real-world conditions and develop a better understanding of the materials properties required for effective self-cleaning photocatalysts.

Layered Copper oxychalcogenides for next generation p-type transparent conductors

Identification of new new p-type transparent conductors through the synthesis of novel layered oxychalcogenide materials. Here we are using a theoretically justified design strategy aided by computational modelling to develop a fundamental understanding of the role of the structure and composition of layered oxychalcogenides in influencing their electronic and optical properties.

A new method of parallel synthesis to facilitate rapid materials discovery

An innovative synthetic approach for the discovery of new mixed anion layered materials, making use of simple exchange reactions carried out in parallel to increase the rate of discovery by an order of magnitude.

Research group

Functional Inorganic, Materials and Supramolecular Chemistry

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Dr Geoff Hyett
Chemistry, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ

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