Dr Rolf Crook

Dr Rolf Crook


Dr Rolf Crook leads a research group with two aims:

The development of solar resource models. With timesteps of 1 second over up to decade-long periods, the capture and validation of cloud dynamics and seasonal change is essential. The output datasets are designed as inputs to grid impact simulations. The impact of climate change on the solar resource is also investigated.

The exploration of new device architectures incorporating nanomaterials. Silver nanowires, and semiconductor and metal nanoparticles, are used to enhance or activate the properties of materials in photovoltaics, photocatalysis, and solar thermal technology. 

Dr Crook is the author of around 60 publications, many of which are available open access. Dr Crook holds a MPhys from University of Lancaster and a PhD from University of Cambridge.


  • SCAPE Study Abroad

Research interests

  • Solar resource models, including the impacts of climate change
  • Nanomaterials in photovoltaics, photocatalysis, and solar thermal technology


  • MPhys
  • PhD

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Institute of Physics
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Student education

Dr Crook's teaching interests lie in energy at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Topics include solar energy, hydroelectric energy, transmission, distribution, and storage of electricity, and combustion theory. 

Research groups and institutes

  • Energy Leeds
  • Applied Photon Science
  • Functional Materials
  • Sustainable Low Carbon Futures
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