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!
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!
Michele Serri passed his PhD thesis on 11/02/14. Many congratulations!
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.
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.
et al., 2018, Identifying triplet pathways in dilute pentacene films., Nat Commun, Vol:9
et al., 2013, Potential for spin-based information processing in a thin-film molecular semiconductor, Nature, Vol:503, ISSN:0028-0836, Pages:504-+
et al., 2014, High-temperature antiferromagnetism in molecular semiconductor thin films and nanostructures, Nature Communications, Vol:5, ISSN:2041-1723
et al., 2007, Molecular thin films: A new type of magnetic switch, Advanced Materials, Vol:19, ISSN:0935-9648, Pages:3618-+
et al., 2010, A novel route for the inclusion of metal dopants in silicon, Nanotechnology, Vol:21, ISSN:0957-4484
et al., 2011, Oxide Nanoparticle Thin Films Created Using Molecular Templates, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Vol:115, ISSN:1932-7447, Pages:13151-13157
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
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
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
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