Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Professor of Functional Molecular Materials



+44 (0)20 7594 6727s.heutz




B336Bessemer BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Sandrine is a Professor in Functional Molecular Materials.  She joined the Department of Materials as a Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow on 1st January 2007.  She obtained her first degree in Chemistry from the University of Liege, Belgium (1998) and her PhD from Imperial College (2002). Her thesis was entitled "Structural, spectroscopic and morphological properties of molecular thin film heterostructures", with specific emphasis on phthalocyanine and perylene materials. 

During the course of her PhD, Sandrine was awarded a Marie Curie training site fellowship which allowed her to work at TU-Chemnitz, Germany, working in the group of Professor Zahn. She subsequently spent two years as a post-doctoral research fellow working on molecular photovoltaic cells at Imperial College.  She then moved to the Department of Physics and London Centre for Nanotechnology at University College London in 2004 to start her Fellowship, entitled "Molecular Magnetic Biosensors". In 2008 Sandrine was awarded the IOM3 Silver Medal. Sandrine is currently a member of MatSEEC, the Materials Science and Engineering Expert Committee of the European Science Foundation.

Current research directions are focused on magnetic properties of molecular thin films, spintronic applications, novel fabrication methods for oxides, detailed structural characterisation of films and interfaces, and nanowire devices.  We also work in partnership with industry, for example to explore surfaces with BP-ICAM.



Solar Flash - Our new paper in Nature Communications shows that the orientation of pentacene molecules in a thin film influences their ability to undergo fission - very useful for solar cells, or maybe even spintronics!  Read a the news report, or the full story. Congrats to Daphne for a great first paper!

Film and cell

Pentacene film with unit cell inset showing the different pairs of pentacene involved in fission

A report on our outreach activities can be found on the website of Coleridge Primary School.  Many thanks to the Royal Society Partnership scheme for making this happen, as well as to the great resources from Solar Spark!

James passed his PhD thesis on 5/11/14.  Many congratulations Dr Gilchrist!

Hsiang-Han Tseng won the prize for best oral presentation at Core-to-Core JSPS meeting in Otharu, Japan.  Congratulations on a great talk!

Hsiang-Han Tseng prize

Hsiang-Han Tseng (third from left) with other prize winners and Professor Derek Woollins



Michele Serri passed his PhD thesis on 11/02/14.  Many congratulations!

Magnetism in molecular thin films is getting hot!  

 Our recent paper published in Nature Communications shows that magnetism survives up to 100 K in cobalt phthalocyanine thin films, and can be accessed easily using liquid nitrogen.  See the full paper in Nature Communications, 5, (2014) Article number: 3079. 

One step closer to quantum computing

Research published in Nature has shown that the spin in copper phthalocyanine can survive in a quantum superposition of states for surprisingly long times.  See the full paper in Nature 503 (2013) 504.


Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Lubert-Perquel D, Salvadori E, Dyson M, et al., 2018, Identifying triplet pathways in dilute pentacene films, Nature Communications, Vol:9, ISSN:2041-1723

Leber R, Wilson LE, Robaschik P, et al., 2017, High Vacuum Deposition of Biferrocene Thin Films on Room Temperature Substrates, Chemistry of Materials, Vol:29, ISSN:0897-4756, Pages:8663-8669

Fleet LR, Stott J, Villis B, et al., 2017, Self-Assembled Molecular Nanowires for High-Performance Organic Transistors, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Vol:9, ISSN:1944-8244, Pages:20686-20695

Perfetti M, Serri M, Poggini L, et al., 2016, Molecular order in buried layers of TbPc2 Single-Molecule Magnets detected by torque magnetometry, Advanced Materials, Vol:28, ISSN:1521-4095, Pages:6946-6951

Gilchrist JB, Basey-Fisher TH, Chang SC, et al., 2014, Uncovering buried structure and interfaces in molecular photovoltaics, Advanced Functional Materials, Vol:24, ISSN:1616-301X, Pages:6473-6483

Serri M, Wu W, Fleet LR, et al., 2014, High-temperature antiferromagnetism in molecular semiconductor thin films and nanostructures, Nature Communications, Vol:5, ISSN:2041-1723

Warner M, Din S, Tupitsyn IS, et al., 2013, Potential for spin-based information processing in a thin-film molecular semiconductor, Nature, Vol:503, ISSN:0028-0836, Pages:504-508

Warner M, Mauthoor S, Felton S, et al., 2012, Spin-Based Diagnostic of Nanostructure in Copper Phthalocyanine-C-60 Solar Cell Blends, ACS Nano, Vol:6, ISSN:1936-0851, Pages:10808-10815

Cruickshank AC, Dotzler CJ, Din S, et al., 2012, The Crystalline Structure of Copper Phthalocyanine Films on ZnO(1(1)over-bar00), Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol:134, ISSN:0002-7863, Pages:14302-14305

Palamarciuc T, Oberg JC, El Hallak F, et al., 2012, Spin crossover materials evaporated under clean high vacuum and ultra-high vacuum conditions: from thin films to single molecules, Journal of Materials Chemistry, Vol:22, ISSN:0959-9428, Pages:9690-9695

Gardener JA, Liaw I, Aeppli G, et al., 2011, Oxide Nanoparticle Thin Films Created Using Molecular Templates, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Vol:115, ISSN:1932-7447, Pages:13151-13157

Wang H, Mauthoor S, Din S, et al., 2010, Ultra long Copper Phthalocyanine Nanowires with New Crystal Structure and Broad Optical Absorption, ACS Nano, Vol:4, ISSN:1936-0851, Pages:3921-3926

Gardener JA, Liaw I, Aeppli G, et al., 2010, A novel route for the inclusion of metal dopants in silicon, Nanotechnology, Vol:21, ISSN:0957-4484

Heutz S, Mitra C, Wu W, et al., 2007, Molecular Thin Films: A New Type of Magnetic Switch, Advanced Materials, Vol:19, ISSN:0935-9648, Pages:3618-3622

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