Olga Efremova

Dr Olga Efremova

Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry

Faculty of Science and Engineering

School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences


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Dr Olga Efremova joined the University of Hull in 2015 after completing an Inter-European Marie Curie Fellowship at Aston University.

Her current research is devoted to the development of novel metal cluster compounds, and bespoke materials based on them, for applications in biological and materials-based sciences.

She is intrigued by the unique optical properties (in particular luminescence) of these compounds and materials, and seeks to ingrate them into such applications as optical and / or X-ray medical imaging, sensing, photocatalysis, photovoltaics, self-sterilising surfaces and many others.



Research Interests

  • Metal compounds and clusters
  • Photoactive materials
  • Materials chemistry

Research groups

  • Member of the G W Gray Centre for Advanced Materials


D.V. Evtushok, A.R. Melnikov, N.A. Vorotnikova, Y.A. Vorotnikov, A.A. Ryadun, N.V. Kuratieva, K.V. Kozur’, N.R. Obedinskaya, E.I. Kretov, I.N. Novozhilov, Y.V. Mironov, D.V. Stass, O.A. Efremova, M.A. Shestopalov, 'Comparative study of optical properties and X-ray induced luminescence of octahedral molybdenum and tungsten cluster complexes', Dalton Transactions, 2017, 46, 11738-11747.

A. O. Solovieva, Y.A. Vorotnikov, K.E. Trifonova, O.A. Efremova, A.A. Krasilnikova, K.A. Brylev, E.V. Vorontsova, P.A. Avrorov, L.V. Shestopalova, A.F. Poveshchenko, Y.V. Mironov, M.A. Shestopalova, 'Cellular internalisation, bioimaging and dark and photodynamic cytotoxicity of silica nanoparticles doped by {Mo6I8}4+ metal cluster', Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 2016, 4, 4839-4846.

O.A. Efremova, K.A. Brylev, Y.A. Vorotnikov, L. Vejsadová, M.A. Shestopalov, G.F. Chimonides, P. Mikes, P. Topham, S.-J. Kim, N. Kitamura, A.J. Sutherland, 'Photoluminescent materials based on PMMA and a highly-emissive octahedral molybdenum metal cluster complex', Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 2016, 4, 497-503.

O.A. Efremova, K.A. Brylev, O. Kozlova, M.S. White, M.A. Shestopalov, N. Kitamura, Y.V. Mironov, S.Bauer, A.J. Sutherland, 'Polymerisable Octahedral Rhenium Cluster Complexes as Precursors for Photo/Electroluminescent Polymers', Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 2014, 2, 8630-8638.

O.A. Efremova, M.A. Shestopalov, N.A. Chirtsova, A.I. Smolentsev, Y.V. Mironov, N. Kitamura, K.A. Brylev, A.J. Sutherland, 'A highly emissive inorganic hexamolybdenum cluster complex as a handy precursor for the preparation of new luminescent materials', Dalton Transactions, 2014, 43, 6021-6025.



Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Mesoporous Ceramics
  • Metal Clusters
  • 1st Year Lab Demonstrations

Research PhDs

Dr Olga Efremova welcomes applications for PhD students / postdocs in particular with their own funding to undertake research in materials chemistry to conduct research relevant to bioimaging, photo-dynamic therapy, antibiotic-free self-sterilising materials, sensing, catalysis etc.

She is also happy to support grant applications from prospective candidates (such as Marie-Curie Fellowships).


Teaching awards and accolades

  • FHEA (2017)
  • AFHEA (2015)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Nikolaev Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Novosibirsk, Russia (2007)
  • MChem, Novosibirsk State University, Russia (2005)

Awards and accolades

Major recent grants

  • Enhanced molybdenum cluster based materials for biomedical optical oxygen sensing (2017-2019, EP/R006393/1,PI)
  • Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship, “Polymers for Molybdenum and Rhenium Clusters” (2013-2015, Project No 327440, PI).


  • Best Postgraduates of the Russian Academy of Sciences (2007 & 2008)
  • The Academia Europaea Prize (2006)
  • Medal for The Best Scientific Student Work from the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation (2005)