Materials Physics Group

A selection of organic and polymeric materials used in researchThe Materials Physics Group explore a broad range of areas in applied physics that are predominantly based around the physics and practical applications of organic thin-films.

Research interests

Using steady-state and time-resolved optical spectroscopic techniques to study electronic structure and excited-state dynamics of conjugated carbon-based materials.

Understanding singlet exciton fission in polyenes and acenes, and controlling singlet and triplet exciton energies through solid-state and molecular engineering.

Exploring polymers at surfaces and interfaces: film stability and dewetting; phase separation; diffusion of polymers on surfaces and in films; polymer adsorption.

Soft nanotechnology: responsive polymers as actuators; switchable adhesion; diffusion on patterned surfaces.

Photonic and polaritonic structures and lasers based on thin films of organic and 'hybrid-semiconductor' materials.

Photovoltaic and light emitting devices based on perovskites and polymeric semiconductors; developing manufacturing processes

Investigating future energy systems through collaborative interactions with the public.

Performance and integration of PV systems into the UK electricity network.

Developing a range of sensor devices for waterborne analyses, including electrolyte-gated thin film transistors and fibre-optic 'evanescent wave’ transducers.For more detailed information please see the following websites:

Electronic and Photonic Molecular Materials Group

Polymer Physics Group

Scanning Probe Microscopy Group

Geoghegan Research Group

Academic staff and research fellows