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 EU project)
Dibya Ghosh, perovskite solar cells (EoCoE EU project)
Matthew Wolf, perovskite solar cells (Supersolar EPSRC project)
James Cave, perovskite solar cells (CDT-PV)
Tom McManus, organic transport and proteins (University HPC studentship)
Alex Smith, organic solar cells (CDT-PV)
Chris Morris-Knox Novel p-type transparent conducting oxides (CDT-PV)

Click here to access my TEDX talk given at the University of Bath in 2014, a 16 minute video where I describe my research on new organic light emitting diodes, photovoltaic devices and novel solar photovoltaic cells

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 6 minute video where the motivation for my research on cheaper, flexible and sustainable solar cells is discussed with Petra Cameron and Aron Walsh.


Useful Links


The Solar Spark
solar power education website

Workshops I am coorganising in 2017

I am one of the organisers of
CECAM workshop on Multiscale modelling of organic semiconductors: from elementary processes to devices
This workshop brings together the academic and industrial expertise of the leading experimental and theoretical groups in the field of organic semiconductors. It is linked to the EU H2020 projects Extmos that I coordinate and Mostophos. It takes place 12-15 Sept 2017 at the University of Grenoble.

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