Renewable energy & materials for energy
Energy efficient and low cost materials are the two main drivers in Renewable Energy Research. Our programme spans cheap organic materials through to record breaking efficient inorganic materials for photovoltaics as well as magneto-caloric materials for environmentally friendly and efficient magnetic refrigeration.
Functional materials & materials physics
The optical and electronic properties of semiconductors underpin modern technology and will define its future. Our programme encompasses high electron mobility semiconductors for sensitive ballistic sensors, mid-infrared light sources for molecular fingerprinting and cancer diagnosis, as well as quantum dots for quantum technologies.
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Nanophotonics, plasmonics and metamaterials
Metallic nanostructures allow us to break the diffraction limit of light providing much stronger interactions of light and matter than nature usually allows. Our research includes nanoscale plasmon lasers, sensitive biodetectors, quantum plasmonics and artificial nonlinear optical materials and forms a large part of the Centre for Plasmonics and Metamaterials.
Organic semiconductors are finding their way into an expanding range of applications including light emission, displays, energy conversion, sensors engineering and healthcare. The Centre for Plastic Electronics covers organic functional materials, device physics of organic solar cells, manufacturing technologies for large area nano-electronics, and organic LEDs.