Low temperature and solution processed organic, metal-oxide and carbon based materials (including graphene and other carbon nanostructures) are attracting major interest for large area electronics/optoelectronics/photonics with applications spanning displays, lighting, logistics, sensors, solar cells, and communications. Imperial’s Centre for Plastic Electronics - one of five BIS supported UK Centres of Excellence - comprises the largest concentration of research activity in this field in the UK, spanning the Departments of Materials, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and Physics.

The CPE also hosts (with university Queen Mary London and Oxford University) the EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre in Plastic Electronic Materials and Devices and works closely with the other UK Centres of Excellence and a wide range of companies from homegrown start-ups to global conglomerates.