Christmas Dinner 2016

Nao returns to Japan

Nao gives presentation of her work in Nanoanalysis before leaving meal. She returns to Tokyo Tech after a 2 month placement in the group.

Group away day_York

2018 York Group away day-time to departure and relax!

Dinner in York away day

First and the last dinner in York's restaurant, because we will cook by ourselves.

Korean food by Sooncheol

Delicious Korean food made by Sooncheol (sweet Peppers, cucumbers, rice paper, pineapple and secret Sooncheol'style sources). Thanks Sooncheol, we all enjoyed!


Joby's exciting farewell party

Ji-Seon and our group members attended Joby's farewell party before he moves to California to work for NASA on January 20th 2018.


Congratulation to Jeol for the MRes gradulation!

Joel and sooncheol

Joel and sooncheol in the South Korea trip

Ji-Seon, Sooncheol and Joel all visited South Korea this autumn. Ji-Seon and Sooncheol attended The 2017 Korea Photovoltaic Society (KPVC) Fall Meeting, at which Ji-Seon was an invited speaker. Sooncheol and Joel both visited Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST).

1.1 Dr Sooncheol's talk

Nice talk by Dr Sooncheol in the IWNBP

Dr Sooncheol Kwon gave a very good talk about the generation of organic single-crystal semiconductor films using P3HT with PSS. (This work has been published in Advance Materials and Nature Communication)

3.1Vogue ji-seon'talk

Prof Ji-Seon gave a talk in the IWNBP

Prof Ji-Seon gave a talk in the IWNBP about the impact of molecular order on optical and charge transport properties by using Raman.

Spinnaker Tower

We are at the top of Spinnaker Tower, 110m!! We visited the beach, and sampled the local cuisine, aka Fish and Chips, before getting hot and sweaty playing football in the sun. We finished our trip by climbing the Spinnaker Tower, to see the stunning views of Portsmouth and the Solent.


Ji-Seon is playing a funny game with Sooncheol.

Gunwarf Quays in Portsmouth

The nanoanalysis group enjoyed their first away day in sunny Portsmouth this May. The weather could not have been better for our trip to the seaside, with glorious sunshine on both days. Here is the Gunwarf Quays in Portsmouth


The nanoanalysis group enjoyed their first away day in sunny Portsmouth this May.

Escape room

we tried an Escape Room, with Prof’s Puzzlers taking on Sooncheol’s Solvers in a race to escape! we Escaped successfully. Funny team game!

Yearly News


 15th October   

Goodbye to Nao, who returns to Japan after her placement in Nanoanalysis to study Raman spectroscopy of self assembling peptides. it has been lovely having Noa working with us and we hope to have further collaboration in the future. Nao has written an an account of her time here on the CDT news website. 

 1st October 

Welcome to our new group members.

We have three new PhD students. Amber Parhar researching Organic bioelectronics, Chiara Labanti researching organic and hybrid photoelectron sensors and Yi-Chun Chin reseaching perovskite solar cell systems.

We are also joined by two MSci Students Chenfeng Pu researching charge carrier dynamics using surface photovoltage and Xejay Ng researching the energetics of organic polymers using cyclovoltammetry and ambient pressure photoemission spectroscopy.  

10th Aug 2018

We are recruiting a post-doc who will carry out research into “Organic and Hybrid Electronic Materials and Devices for Photovoltaic and Photosensor Applications” under Global Research Laboratory (GRL) programme funded by National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF). This position is for 2 years starting as soon as possible after an interview in September. This research will focus on: (1) the interfacial energetics, (2) the photogenerated charge carrier dynamics, and (3) the origin of traps (molecular, interfacial, and/or morphological), and their impact on device performance.

1st July 2018

Professor Jiseon and Matyas attended the ICSM 2018 in South Korea and gave talks related to IDTBR, IDFBR and APS in the conference. 

31st May-2nd June

We had a regular exciting group away day in York which is a very beautiful and traditional city. After the summary presentations for whole year work and future plans, we enjoyed nice sunshine, soccer, escape rooms, Korean language course and Korean-Chinese foods. Thanks Sooncheol and his wife for the preparation of delicious Korean sandwiches and rice roll.

 4th May 2018

Congratulations to Jess, Joby and Seb for publishing a book about Plastic Electronics!!!

6th March 2018

Congratulation to Prof Ji-Seon Kim who has been nominated for a Student Academic Choice Award (SACA)!!! The SACAs are an annual awards initiative organised by Imperial College Union that give Imperial students the chance to recognise and reward excellence among staff. 

6th March 2018

Congratulation to Iain and Joel who have published papers in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 'Controlling Molecular Conformation for Highly Efficient and Stable Deep-Blue Copolymer Light-Emitting Diodes' and STAM 'Photo-stability study of a solution-processed small molecule solar cell system: correlation between molecular conformation and degradation', respectively. 

22nd-26th January 2018

Ji-Seon, Saurav, Hao, Matys and Joel attended the PE-CDT Winter School in Bergun, Swiss. Congradulations to Matyas for the first prize of the oral presentation about his research.

           11 January 2018  

Party for Joby. Joby has been awarded a NASA postdoctoral fellowship at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. Joby's project was based on thin film morphology. He was supervised by Prof Ji-Seon Kim (Department of Physics, Imperial College).

1st Jauary 2018 Happy New Year!
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15th December

JSK Christmas Party today! Sooncheol gave a nice guitar show!

23-27 November

Ji-Seon, Saurav and Matyas visited KP Technology in Wick to have a thorough and very useful, day-long meeting with Iain Baikie and Susanna Challinger.

25th-31 November

Ji-Seon, Sooncheol and Joel all visited South Korea this autumn. Ji-Seon and Sooncheol attended The 2017 Korea Photovoltaic Society (KPVC) Fall Meeting, at which Ji-Seon was an invited speaker. Sooncheol and Joel both visited Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST)

24th-29th September 2017

Ji-Seon, James, Saurav, Sooncheol and Hao attended the 4th International Workshop on Nano and Biophotonics in the Vogue, France (IWNBP). The meeting covered multidisciplinary disciplines in optics, chemistry, physics, and materials sciences for photonic device applications. In this conference, we also have an excursion and visited the Chauvet Cave, one of the most ancient decorated caves in the world.

17th July 2017

France CNRS visitors (Fabrice Mathevet) came to our group for one week. Dr Sooncheol hosted this visiting event and conducted some vibrational spectroscopy (Raman) of their materials.

14th July 2017

Iain attended a conference in the Shffield and gave a talk.

10th July 2017

Matyas and Joel attended the Welsh Centre of Printing and Coating (WCPC) annual summer school with the rest of their CDT cohort. The summer school provided an introduction to printing functional materials. There were lectures from academics, industry partners and also some hands on demonstrations to see functional printing in action. The summer school took place in Swansea, and the cohort were treated to some of the finest beaches in the UK!

14th June 2017

Welcome to Katie who will be a new PhD student from this October and also a nice girl in our group.

May 2017

Congratulations for recent papers to:

Joby:  Razzell-Hollis J, Fleischli F, Jahnke AA, Stingelin N, Seferos DS, Kim J-S et al., 2017, Effects of Side-Chain Length and Shape on Polytellurophene Molecular Order and Blend Morphology, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, Vol: 121, Pages: 2088-2098, ISSN: 1932-7447

Seb:  Wood S, Hollis JR, Kim J-S, 2017, Raman spectroscopy as an advanced structural nanoprobe for conjugated molecular semiconductors, JOURNAL OF PHYSICS D-APPLIED PHYSICS, Vol: 50, ISSN: 0022-3727

Yu JC, Kim DW, Kim DB, Jung ED, Lee K-S, Lee S, Di Nuzzo D, Kim J-S, Song MH et al., 2017, Effect of the solvent used for fabrication of perovskite films by solvent dropping on performance of perovskite light-emitting diodes, NANOSCALE, Vol: 9, Pages: 2088-2094, ISSN: 2040-3364

24 May 2017

Ji-Seon Kim, James Durrant, Martin Heeney and Martyn McLachlan, together with GIST colleagues, have been awarded a prestigious Korean GRL grant (total $2.5M for 6 years, $1M to Imperial).

25th-26th May

Our group had a good trip to Portsmouth. During this trip, we did presentations first about our present works and future plans. Then we had an interesting escape game, walked through Old Postsmouth and enjoyed fish and chips on the beach. Finally, we viewed the Gunwarf Quays which is the famous place in Portsmouth.
6-7th May 2017 The CPE was represented by Cohort 8 (Matyas and Joel), who organised and ran the stand - ‘Plastic Fantastic – the future of electronics’ in the Imperial Festival.
3rd May 2017 Congratulation to Joby (PhD), Jess (PhD) and Saurav (MRes) for their graduation!!
7th March 2017 Today is International Women’s Day. To mark the day we are promoting the important role women play in science. Check out our video clip of Professor Kim Ji-seon of Imperial College, on why she chose to study in physics and the importance of having more women in science and engineering
 March 2017  

UK delegate for the UK-Korea Government Joint Committee Meeting on Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation led by the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Korean Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP).

In the meeting, JSK delivered a presentation summarising the UK-Korea collaboration on Plastic Electronics as one of the success stories.  The collaboration on Plastic Electronics has been sponsored by Global Partnerships Fund (BEIS), Global Engagement Fund (EPSRC), and Focal Point programme (NRF, MSIP), London, UK

February 2017

Keynote speaker, “Molecular Semiconductors for Photovoltaic Application - How to Probe the Structure-Property Relationships?” at the Symposium for the Promotion of Applied Research Collaboration in Asia (SPARCA), Okinawa, Japan, Feb 25-28 2017

January 2017

Profs Ji-Seon Kim and Martin Heeney's project, "High-Performance Organic Near-IR Photodetectors via Molecular Structure Control and Analysis” has been awarded by Samsung Global Research Outreach (GRO) Programme Grant. The project grant was first awarded in October 2015 ($100,000), and has been awarded again in February 2017 ($100,000). 

January 2017

CPE Winter School Event

The group members partook the CPE Winter School Event held in Bergün, Switzerland. 


December 2016

Our annual Group Christmas Event was an instant success with assembly of current students and alumni.

June 2016 Ji-Seon, Minwon, Iain and James visited research groups at Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris and École normale supérieure de Lyon in Lyon as part of a new collaboration with CNRS researchers. Many exciting meetings were had and strong research links were fostered between the groups.
May 2016 Seb’s IoP talk on Raman.
March 2016 Joby passed his PhD viva!
March 2016 Seb and Jess were chosen by the IOP to ask questions of Parliament at Voice of the Future.
February 2016 Joby was on a panel at the Royal Society for their event "Out in STEM". You can read Joby's blog post, "Out and Proud in STEM" here.
February 2016 Nathan passed his PhD viva!
January 2016 Jess and Seb published in Advanced Functional Materials, "Optimization and Analysis of Conjugated Polymer Side Chains for High-Performance Organic Photovoltaic Cells" which was chosen as the back cover graphic!
January 2016  Ji-Seon gave a tutorial lecture “Plastic Electronics - Next Generation Technology”, at 2016 CNRS-Ewha International Winter School, Seoul
January 2016 Ji-Seon has a range of exciting new PhDs on offer for 2016 start. Please check the PhD opportunities page for more information!
January 2016 Ji-Seon gave the invited talk “Nanometrology for Organic Semiconductors and Devices”, 2016 Workshop on Plastic Electronics at KAIST, South Korea
January 2016 Oli and Ji-Seon went skiing in Switzerland with the CPE Winter School!
January 2016 Ji-Seon has won an exciting new grant! We have been awarded the International Exchanges Grant from the Royal Society, UK and CNRS National Center for Scientific Research (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), France.
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December 2015 Ji-Seon attended the GIST-ICL R&D WorkshopDuring this Workshop, the GIST-ICL International R&D Centre for Plastic Electronics was established, and the MOU for the Centre was signed by Directors in GIST (Prof Kwang Hee Hee) and ICL (Prof James Durrant). The GIST-ICL R&D Centre aims to develop the social problem-solving and sustainable ‘Plastic Electronics’.
December 2015 Ji-Seon delivered a Plenary Lecture, “Advanced Structural Optical Nanoprobes for Organic Semiconductors”, in the 3rd International Workshop on Nano and Bio-Photonics (INWNBP 2015), 6-11 Dec. 2015, Cabourg, France
December 2015 We went for a group Christmas dinner in Jin-Juu, Soho!
November 2015 Minwon published “High-Efficiency Polymer LEDs with Fast Response Times Fabricated via Selection of Electron-Injecting Conjugated Polyelectrolyte Backbone Structure” in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
October 2015 Minwon presented at the 2nd Asian-European Symposium on Organic Optoelectronics in Edinburgh.
October 2015 James and Saurav officially join the group as PhD students. 
September 2015 The exciting paper 'Natures of Optical Absorption Transitions and Excitation Energy Dependent Photostability of Diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP)-Based Photovoltaic Copolymers' is the cover graphic for EES, and is available online now (click)!
September 2015 Ji-Seon gave a public lecture 'Plastic Electronics, Next Generation Technology' @ the IET
September 2015 Jess and Ji-Seon visit CSEM in Brazil to tour their OPV facility.
August 2015 Joby attended the Centre for Plastic Electronics (CPE) Symposium at Imperial College London to present a talk on the characterisation and control of morphology for efficient organic solar cells.
July 2015 Saurav achieves first class honours for his MSci project with the nanoanalysis group!
September 2015 Iain presented his work for the CPE Advisory Board
July 2015 Jess wins the Physics Department Postgraduate Research Symposium Presentation Prize 
July 2015 Jess and Saurav visit Cambridge Display Technology to talk about OPV stability.
May 2015 Jess, Nathan and Iain ran the CPE stand at the Imperial College Festival
May 2015 Jess wins the Imperial College Trust Travel Grant
April 2015 Jess wins the Armourer's and Brasier's Gauntlet Trust Travel Grant
March 2015 Jess, Iain, Nathan and Joby presented posters at the 5th UK-Korea Workshop on Plastic Electronics
March 2015 Jess and Ji-Seon present talks at The First International Symposium on Flexible Electronics and NanjingTech-Imperial College Bilateral Workshop in China.
February 2015 Jess, Iain and Nathan ran the CPE stand at the Imperial Fringe Festival: Lit Up!
January 2015 Seb's paper has been listed as one of the 25 most accessed papers in the Journal of Chemical Physics in 2014!
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September 2014 Seb wins Plastic Electronics Centre for Doctoral Training Student Symposium Presentation Prize 
October 2014 Nathan presents at 25th European Symposium on Reliability of Electron Devices, Failure Physics and Analysis (ESREF) in Berlin: 'UV Stability of Polyfluorene Triarylamine-based Blue Light-emitting Copolymers'
October 2014 Jess and Ji-Seon visit SPECIFIC in Swansea to see their new OPV facility.
July 2014
Seb wins the Physics Department Postgraduate Research Symposium Presentation Prize 
July 2014 Ji-Seonpresented at the 4th UK-KOREA Workshop on Plastic Electronics at Hoam Faculty House, Seoul National University, South Korea
May 2014 Joby attended the International Conference (ICOE) on Organic Electronics in Modena, Italy, to present a poster on the photo-stability of PTB7:PC70BM organic solar cells
May 2014 Jess and Seb attended the European Materials Research Society (EMRS) conference in Lille, France, to present talks about nanoanalysis of plastic electronic devices.
April 2014 Seb presented MRS, San Francisco, where he talks about Microstructure of Organic Semiconductors Controlled by Solution Processing and its Impact on Optoelectronic and Charge Transport Properties 
March 2014 Jess received the CPE Travel Grant to attend the CPE Workshop in Erlangen, where she presented her work on the charge mobility anisotropy of functionalized pentacenes in organic field effect transistors fabricated by solution processing.
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2013 and Before

December 2013 Joby attended the UK Plastic Electronics Research Conference at Loughborough University, to present a talk on probing the molecular order of OPV blends
November 2013 Jess and Ji-Seon visit the Cambridge Graphene Centre to talk about new collaborations. 
November 2013 Joby, Jess, Seb and Nathan presented their work at the 3rd UK-Korea Workshop on Plastic Electronics.
November 2013 Park Geun-hye, President of the Republic of Korea, has addressed leading figures from science, industry and government at Imperial
September 2013 Nathan attended EuroDisplay 2013 Conference in Imperial College
September 2013 Joby, Jess, Seb and Nathan attended the European Conference on Molecular Electronics (ECME) at Imperial College London and the Science Museum to present posters.
July 2013 One of Seb's publication is selected as ‘JCP Editors’ Choice’ 2013 (Wood et al., J. Chem. Phys. 139, 064901)
June 2013 Nathan and Seb present posters are the PGR Symposium
May 2013 Jess, Joby, Nathan and Seb spent 2 weeks in Korea as part of the UK-Korea Student Exchange programme
February 2013 All of Ji-Seon's group presented their work at The 2nd UK-Korea Workshop on Plastic Electronics.
January 2013 Seb presented his work on Understanding thin film morphology of polymer:polymer photovolatic blends controlled by nanowire formation and molecular weight variation during the CPE Annual Presentaitons.
July 2012 Seb wins the European Optical Society: Organic Photonics and Electronics Poster Prize 
July 2012 Seb presents at the EOS Annual Meeting, Aberdeen, where he talks about controlling morphology of polymer:polymer blends for solar cells using nanowire formation and molecular weight variation 
March 2012 Joby attended the European Materials Research Society (EMRS) conference in Strasbourg, France, to present a poster on probing the molecular order of OPV blends
 December 2012  David T James who was awarded the Solid State Physics Thesis Prize for his research work
November 2012 The Centre for Plastic Electronics hosted 9 Korean students from KAIST and Seoul National University for the inaugural UK-Korea student exchange. Jess, Joby, Seb and Nathan attended.
September 2012 Ji-Seon and Jim presented their work at the 1st UK-KOREA workshop on plastic electronics in KAIST.
July 2012 Seb wins European Optical Society: Organic Photonics and Electronics Poster Prize 
April 2012 Seb wins a prize for his video at the CDT Festival of Science where he presented a one minute video explaining Nanoscale Morphology for Organic Solar Cells using an AA road map!
October 2011
Seb wins Doctoral Training Centre for Plastic Electronics Directors’ Prize for best MRes student 
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