Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Chemistry

Imperial College Research Fellow



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Nicola Gasparini is an Imperial College Research Fellow in the Chemistry department. Nicola Gasparini’s interest lies on the fundamental and application-oriented research in lab-scale and large-area printed electronics, in particular organic photovoltaics and photodetectors. His efforts have focused both on the design of highly efficient organic solar cells and on electro-optical and structural characterization techniques for probing charge generation, transport, recombination processes and morphology of photovoltaics. His research continues on the understanding and control of the degradation and reliability of semiconducting devices under light and thermal stress. In addition, he is exploring new applications of printed electronics, such as narrowband organic photodetectors with particular interest in the near and mid infrared region. This development is of particular interest for biomedical applications, where cost effective material choices remain scarce and mechanical flexibility is required.

Prior to joining Imperial College, Nicola received his BSc and MSc in Chemistry and Organic Chemistry, and Photochemistry and Molecular Materials from the University of Bologna, Italy, respectively. In 2014 he joined the group of Prof. Christoph J. Brabec in the Institute of Materials for Electronics and Energy Technology (i-MEET) at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) as Marie-Curie Fellow and received his Ph.D in 2017. For two years (09/2017-09/2019) he was a postdoctoral fellow at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) working on organic semiconductors with particular interests in charge transport and recombination processes in organic solar cells.

The full list of publications can be found here: Nicola Gasparini Scholar

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Gasparini N, Salleo A, McCulloch I, et al., 2019, The role of the third component in ternary organic solar cells, Nature Reviews Materials

Baran D, Gasparini N, Wadsworth A, et al., 2018, Robust nonfullerene solar cells approaching unity external quantum efficiency enabled by suppression of geminate recombination, Nature Communications, Vol:9, ISSN:2041-1723

Gasparini N, Lucera L, Salvador M, et al., 2017, High-performance ternary organic solar cells with thick active layer exceeding 11% efficiency, Energy & Environmental Science, Vol:10, ISSN:1754-5692, Pages:885-892

Baran D, Ashraf RS, Hanifi DA, et al., 2016, Reducing the efficiency-stability-cost gap of organic photovoltaics with highly efficient and stable small molecule acceptor ternary solar cells., Nature Materials, Vol:16, ISSN:1476-4660, Pages:363-369

Gasparini N, Jiao X, Heumueller T, et al., 2016, Designing ternary blend bulk heterojunction solar cells with reduced carrier recombination and a fill factor of 77%, Nature Energy, Vol:1, ISSN:2058-7546

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