Petra Cameron did her first degree in chemistry at the University of Edinburgh(1996-2001). She then went on to do a PhD in dye sensitized solar cells at the University of Bath (2001-2004). Following graduation she spent two years as an Alexander Von Humboldt research fellow at the Max Plank Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany, before returning to Bath as an RCUK research fellow in 2007. She became a tenured lecturer in 2012 and a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in 2014. In 2009 she was awarded the Harrison-Meldola prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry for her work on solar cells. She has published papers with collaborators from the UK as well as international collaborators from ten countries spanning Europe, North and South America, New Zealand and China.
Her research group is actively researching energy materials and perovskite solar cells. It also has projects in photo-microbial fuel cells and self-assembled small molecules for both energy and health-care applications.