UK EU Referendum 23 June 2016Click here for a video on reasons on why the UK should have remained in the EU. See also Statement from Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society and, on 20 June, EU referendum: An open letter to UK voters from leaders of 103 British universities
Current Research TopicsA more detailed description of my research and publications are given on my Device modelling webpage
My research groupIan Thompson, organic devices (Extmos)
Simon O’Kane, perovskite solar cells (Supersolar)
Alex Daniels, organic transport (Supersolar)
James Cave, perovskite solar cells (CDT-PV)
Tom McManus, organic transport and proteins (University HPC studentship)
Alex Smith, organic solar cells (CDT-PV)
Solar cellsSolar cells are devices that produce electricity from the sun's energy through the creation and subsequent dissociation of an exciton. The way in which they work is similar to natural photosynthesis.
What types are there?There are several solar cell technologies and in each, the light-active component and other cell materials are different.
Click here to access a website where the motivation for my research on cheaper, flexible and sustainable solar cells is discussed with Petra Cameron and Aron Walsh. A 6 minute video has been filmed on our work that can be seen on that website and can also be found by clicking here.
Organic solar cells consist of layers and/or blends of organic materials. Organic Photovoltaic Cell, OPV
Hybrid solar cell These solar cells consist of a mixture of organic and inorganic materials.
With Petra Cameron's group in the Department of Chemistry, we have a large research effort on perovskite solar cells
Image of perovskite tin cells courtesy of University of Oxford.
The Solar Spark solar power education website
Undergraduate teachingUntil 2015-16 I taught
PH30056 Computational Physics B
2009-2013 I was external Examiner for Nottingham University School of Physics & Astronomy Degrees
2007-12 I was Director of Studies for the University of Bath Mathematics and Physics Degree
Organic Materials and Devices
We're all taught at school that plastic is an insulator, but some carbon-based small molecules and polymers do conduct electricity. Unlike silicon-based electronics, organic electronics are relatively low performance but cheap and flexible. And when they conduct, they can light up, click here for my article on lighting based on organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), be used in displays, or convert light to current in photovoltaics.
Click here to access the press release on the Horizon2020 research project Extmos, EXTended Model of Organic Semiconductors, that I coordinate. The motivation for my research on flexible and printable electronics is discussed with Enrico Da Como. A 3 minute video has been filmed on the Extmos research that can be seen on that website and can also be found by clicking here.
What devices are there?
Organic Field Effect Transistors
used in smart packaging, brand protection, security, smartcards, distribution tagging and Radio Frequency Identification Devices, interactive media, disposable electronics, and (flexible) display backplanes.
Incorporation of flexible electronics in textiles can be used in
clothing for the public services.
Organic devices are being developed that can restore or replace functions of the human body through managing the interface between electronic devices and cells, tissues and organs.
At the University of Bath, I work with the Molecular Optolectronics group headed by Dr Enrico Da Como.
Useful LinksIDTechEx Printed electronics news
OLED-Info OLED TVs, displays and lighting