UK EU Referendum 23 June 2016

Click 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 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

Editorial Advisory Panel

I am on the Editorial Advisory Panel for the Nature Publishing Group Journal
Scientific Reports
List of Editorial Advisory Panel members My area is Electronics, Photonics and Device Physics.

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

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

Useful Links

IDTechEx Printed electronics news

OLED-Info OLED TVs, displays and lighting