Current Research Topics

A more detailed description of my research and publications are given on my Device modelling webpage

My research group

Ian 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 cells

Solar 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.

Useful Links

The Solar Spark
solar power education website

Organic Devices

We're all taught at school that plastic is an insulator, but certain polymers do conduct electricity. Unlike silicon-based electronics, organic electronics are relatively low performance but cheap and flexible. And when they conduct, they sometimes give off light, used in displays, or convert light to current used in photovoltaics.

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.
  • Display Devices Incorporation of flexible electronics in textiles can be used in phototherapy,

    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 closely with the Molecular Optolectronics group headed by Dr Enrico Da Como.

Useful Links

IDTechEx Printed electronics news

OLED-Info OLED TVs, displays and lighting

Undergraduate teaching

Until 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