We study the origin and role of inhomogeneity in novel optoelectronic materials using a variety of experimental methods; how variations in materials at the nanoscale determine device performance for applications including photovolatics, display materials and photosensors. Our current research is spans four primary themes:
High-throughput semiconductor nano-optoelectronics methodology – why and how we should measure statistically meaningful datasets to reveal yield and correlations
Novel optoelectronic materials for photonic device applications – using correlative approaches to understand energy dynamics in emerging materials platforms (2D, perovskite, self-assembled, molecular and confined)
Ultrafast and single photon optical techniques – studying energy dynamics on their natural length and timescales using single photon events
Holistic data analysis – using correlated measurements to produce a reproducible and self-consistent model of device performance
We welcome interest from anyone who wants to join the group for MPhys, PhD or postdoctoral research.
Patrick and Stephen traveled to Cardiff University to meet Kubos representatives as part of the Impact Accelerator Kick-off meeting. Stephen will spend half of his time developing our spectroscopy tools to support novel materials develop over the next 12 month as part of a secondment to Kubos.
The group has been awarded a 1-year “impact accelerator” grant with Kubos Semi, to fund a 6 month secondment of group PDRA Stephen Church. In this project, Stephen will translate our high-throughput methodology towards in-line optimization of emerging semiconductor materials.
Kubos develop cubic-phase GaN which can be grown on large diameter silicon carbide-on-silicon substrates for scale up of high-efficiency LEDs, and emission across the spectrum.
The project runs from October 2022-September 2023.
A 12 month postdoctoral position is available on an InnovateUK funded project to produce singly-doped colloidal quantum dots for quantum technology applications. This position, led by Nanoco and Dr. David Binks (Manchester Physics) runs from March 2023-March 2024.
Group PhD student Matthew Thornton has presented work at the Terra Rarae conference in Leipzig, Germany. His presentation reports on the synthesis and characterization of a novel multi-pocket molecule for lanthanide photophysics.
Two of the group gave oral presentations at CMD29 in Manchester.
Group PhD student Hoyeon Choi reported his work on the “Impact of Microstructure of Crystallinity driven singlet fission efficiency in diF-TES-ADT“, a collaboration between Jenny Clark (Sheffield) our our group.
Group PDRA Stephen Church reported his work on “Disentangling gain, distributed losses and end-facet losses in freestanding nanowires lasers using automated high-throughput micro-spectroscopy“, a collaboration between Huiyun Liu (UCL) and our group.
The group have been awarded an InnovateUK grant as part of the ISCF “Commercialising Quantum Technologies” call. This 18month project led by Nanoco Technologies (Widnes) and David Binks (Manchester) will explore singly-doped quantum dots as a platform for quantum technologies. The project runs from August 2022 to January 2024.
This project will recruit one postdoctoral researcher to work on high-throughput single-dot spectroscopy, to be advertised soon.
Group PDRA Stephen Church presented his work on nanolaser characterization at APC22 in Maastricht. He described our high-throughput methodology to understand the relative contributions of gain, end facet and cavity for photonic integrated application.