Exemplary science and technology development

The research mission of Experimental Solid State Physics - EXSS - is to carry out exemplary basic science and technology development in the key thematic areas defined by Imperial College and the Research Council research strategy namely: Energy and Efficient Energy Use; Security, Sensors and Nanomagnetism; Research at the Interface with Biomedical Sciences; Plastic Electronics and Optoelectronics.

The group has 20 academic staff, over thirty post doctoral research fellows, and seventy PhD students. Our group office has 3 shared administrative staff and two technicians in the mechanical workshop. In total we have over 100 members of staff, researchers and PhD students and we are one of the largest and most diverse research groups in the department. We also like to think ourselves one of the most welcoming, state of the art science, up to the minute facilities and a friendly dynamic environment - this is what EXSS is all about.

Postgraduate Recruitment

The process of Postgraduate Recruitment of students for October 2016  entry is now closed.

We re-open again in November 2016 for October 2017 entry.


  • Photovoltaics
  • Energy Efficient Materials
  • Plasmonics and Metamaterials
  • Plastic Electronics
  • Imaging and Spectroscopy
  • Nanotechnology
  • Magnetic Materials
  • Optoelectronics
  • Materials Growth and Processing

For further details please see research activities