BSc (London), ARCS (Royal College of Science), PhD (Cantab), CBE, FRS, CEng, FIET, FInstP, FRSA
Professor of Engineering Science and Physics and Head of the Division of Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Academic Background

BSc & ARCS, Physics, Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College 1980-83

Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, Silver Medal and Fellowship (FRSA) 1983

PhD, Physics, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge 1983-87

Unilever Research Fellow in Chemical Physics, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge 1987-89

Toshiba Research Fellow, Chemical Laboratory, Toshiba R&D Center, Kawasaki, Japan 1988-89

Assistant Lecturer in Physics, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge 1989-93

College Fellow, Lecturer, Tutor and Director of Studies (Physics), Churchill College, Cambridge 1989-93

Reader then Professor (1995) in Physics, University of Sheffield 1993-2000

Daiwa Foundation Daiwa Award 1994

Royal Society Amersham International Senior Research Fellowship, University of Sheffield 1996-97

Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship, University of Sheffield 1997-98

Professor of Experimental Solid State Physics, Imperial College London, 2000-06

European Union Descartes Prize 2003

Elected Fellow of the Royal Society 2004

Head of the Department of Physics, Imperial College London 2005-08

Elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP) 2005

Society for Information Display Jan Rachman Prize 2005

European Science Foundation European Latsis Prize 2005

Lee-Lucas Professor of Experimental Physics, Imperial College London, 2006-15

Royal Society Brian Mercer Award for Innovation 2006

Deputy-Principal, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Imperial College London 2009-11

Founding Director, Centre for Plastic Electronics, Imperial College London 2009-15

Institute of Physics Faraday Medal 2009

Appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to science 2010

Royal Society Bakerian Medal and Lecture 2010

Institution of Engineering and Technology Faraday Medal 2010

Pro-Rector/Vice-Provost for Research, Imperial College London 2011-15

Elected Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET) 2013

Institute of Physics/Royal Society of Chemistry Polymer Physics Group Founder’s Prize 2013

DSc Honoris Causa, University of Sheffield 2014

Chartered Engineer (CEng) 2015

Honorary Fellow, Churchill College Cambridge 2017

DSc Honoris Causa, Hong Kong Baptist University 2017

Head of the Division of Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences, University of Oxford

Professor in the Departments of Engineering Science and Physics, University of Oxford

Graduate Teaching

Plastic electronic materials and devices

Display technology

Molecular photonics and nonlinear optics

Research Interests

My research concerns the science and application of molecular electronic materials and devices and has helped to initiate the associated development of a new technology platform, widely known as Plastic Electronics.  This platform embodies a paradigm shift towards low temperature, solution-based device fabrication, with great potential for use in, for example, energy efficient displays and lighting, photovoltaic energy generation, large-area electronics, medical diagnostics and polymer-based datacomms. It also relies heavily on a fundamental knowledge and understanding of charge injection and transport and photophysical processes at the molecular (nano) scale; topics that I have studied extensively.

My research has naturally led to application-focused activities and many patents. I am a co-inventor of conjugated polymer electroluminescence and a co-founder of Cambridge Display Technology Ltd (now a subsidiary of the Sumitomo Chemical Company). I am also a co-founder and Scientific and Medical Advisory Board Member of Molecular Vision Ltd (now a subsidiary of the Abingdon Health Group) and have been a Director of the Solar Press (UK) Ltd.

Other Information

Married to Bev with three children Amelia, Conor and Eliza. I enjoy reading military history and I support Ireland rugby and Everton FC.


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