George Harrison

Postdoctoral Fellows


Research Interests

The geometric and energetic characterisation of material surfaces and interfaces using photoelectron spectroscopy and scanning probe microscopy techniques. Investigation and characterisation of the surface assembly and interactions of large organic molecules and polymers and nano-particles. 

Selected Publications

  • Switch in photocatalytic reaction selectivity: The effect of oxygen partial pressure on carbon-carbon bond dissociation over hydroxylated TiO2(1  10) surfaces, G. Harrison, K. Katsiev, Y. Alsalik, G. Thornton, H. Idriss, Journal of Catalysis 363, 117-127, (2018)
  • Bridging Hydroxyls on Anatase TiO2(101) by Water Dissociation in Oxygen Vacancies, Immad M. Nadeem, George T. Harrison, Axel Wilson, Chi L. Pang, Jörg Zegenhagen, and Geoff Thornton J. Phys. Chem. B, 122 (2), pp 834839, (2018)
  • Mechanism of Ethanol Photooxidation on Single-Crystal Anatase TiO2(101)
    >K. Katsiev, G. Harrison, H. Alghamdi, Y. Alsalik, A. Wilson, G. Thornton and H. Idriss J. Phys. Chem. C, 121 (5), pp 29402950, (2017)
  • Lepidocrocite-like TiO2 and TiO2(110)–(1 × 2) supported on W(100)
    G. T. Harrison, M. C. Spadaro, C. L. Pang, D. C. Grinter, C. M. Yim, P. Luches and G. Thorton, Materials Science and Technology, Volume 32, Issue 3, (2016)
  • Nanodiamond surface redox chemistry: influence of physicochemical properties on catalytic processes, Thomas S. Varley, Meetal Hirani, George Harrison and Katherine B. Holt, Faraday Discussions, Volume 172, (2014)


  • ​Ph.D. Surface Science, University College London, London, UK, 2017,
  • M.Sc. Chemical Research, University College London, London, UK, 2013
  • B.Sc. Chemistry, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, 2012​

Professional Profile

  • 2017-present Post-doctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudia Arabia
  • 2013-2017 Ph.D, University College London, London, UK
  • 2012-203 MSc, University College London, London, UK
  • 2008-2012 BSc, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK​

KAUST Affiliations

​KAUST Solar Center

Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)​

Research Interests Keywords

Scanning probe microscopy Photo-electron spectroscopy Interfaces Thin-films