Imperial College London

Dr Martyn A McLachlan

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Professor of Thin Films, Interfaces and Electronic Devices



+44 (0)20 7594 9692martyn.mclachlan Website




401 HMolecular Sciences Research HubWhite City Campus





I joined the Department of Materials late in 2004 as a postdoctoral researcher working on and industrially funded project (Royal Dutch Shell) led by Professor David McComb. In 2007 I was then awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship and eventually appointed as a Lecturer in 2013.This was followed by promotion to Senior Lecturer (2015) and then Reader (2017) and more recently to full Professor in 2020.

During my time at Imperial i have held a number of additional roles within the Department of Materials and across the College, these include course Director of our Advanced Materials Science and Engineering MSc and Director of Undergraduate Studies. I was also a College Warden for almost a decade and recently joined the Faculty of Engineering Team as Deputy Faculty Senior Tutor. I am affiliated with the Centre for Doctoral Training in Plastic Electronic Materials (PE-CDT) and my research engages strongly with the Centre for Processable Electronics at Imperial.

In 2021 I replaced Professor Stephen Skinner as the Imperial Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in the Advanced Characterisation of Materials (CDT-ACM), a joint venture between Imperial College, University College London and Trinity College Dublin. You can find out more about the centre, including current PhD vacancies by clicking here.

More details of the research activities and output of my group can be found on my personal website, where you can also find information about current projects, resources and past activities of the group.



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Macdonald T, Clancy A, Xu W, et al., 2021, Phosphorene nanoribbon-augmented optoelectronics for enhanced hole extraction, Journal of the American Chemical Society, ISSN:0002-7863

Du T, Macdonald TJ, Yang RX, et al., 2021, Additive-free, Low-temperature Crystallization of Stable α-FAPbI3 Perovskite., Adv Mater

Gao L, Cheng T, Wang Q, et al., 2021, Color-Stable and High-Efficiency Blue Perovskite Nanocrystal Light-Emitting Diodes via Monovalent Copper Ion Lowering Lead Defects., Acs Appl Mater Interfaces, Vol:13, Pages:55380-55390

Daboczi M, Ratnasingham SR, Mohan L, et al., 2021, Optimal Interfacial Band Bending Achieved by Fine Energy Level Tuning in Mixed-Halide Perovskite Solar Cells, Acs Energy Letters, Vol:6, Pages:3970-3981

Lin C-T, Xu W, Macdonald T, et al., 2021, Correlating active layer structure and composition with device performance and lifetime in amino acid modified perovskite solar cells, Acs Applied Materials and Interfaces, Vol:13, ISSN:1944-8244, Pages:43505-43515