Imperial’s Institutes and Centres provide vital training, research and collaborative facilities for Imperial students and staff, and Imperial’s partner organisations.

The Centre for Plastic Electronics (CPE) performs high-impact and cutting-edge research and development in the broad area of plastic electronics. It covers a wide range of applications including organic photovoltaics, organic light-emitting diodes and organic thin film transistors.

Formally launched in 2009 after almost a decade of strategic investments by Imperial, the Centre comprises 24 academic members and more than 150 students and researchers. The CPE take a multidisciplinary approach to solving current multi-faceted scientific challenges by bringing together academics from across departments and training students from a variety of backgrounds.

The CPE Affiliates Programme

The CPE Affiliates Programme was initiated in 2012 to leverage the expertise in plastic electronics within academic groups across campus, and promote joint research and interactions with interested collaborators.

Plastic Electronics Centre for Doctoral Training

Plastic electronics In addition to the Centre, research in plastic electronics at Imperial is supported by EPSRC's national Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in plastic electronics. Through training and the transfer of knowledge, this £7.2 million programme aims to develop the next generation of researchers to tackle a wide range of technological and industrially relevant problems in this burgeoning field. The breadth of expertise in the CPE provides an ideal environment for training, giving students the skills to confidently engage in multidisciplinary team working.

An advisory board, which includes several industrial representatives such as BASF, DuPont and Cambridge Display Technology, offers advice to help guide and shape the programme. The programmes encourage students to have a commercial awareness with the delivery of additional courses on entrepreneurship, intellectual property, project management and ethics.

Sponsored research

Over the course of their PhD, the students have the opportunity to perform high-impact cutting-edge research in different aspects and areas of plastic electronics. CDT research includes synthesising new materials for organic photovoltaics, multiscale modelling of materials, photophysics and device performance and the fabrication and testing of high-performance thin film transistors and circuits.