Optoelectronics at Imperial encompasses a wide range of applications, techniques and materials type.  Our work spans inorganic semiconductors such as silicon or III-V compounds, through to ferroelectric oxides and cheap “plastic” organic semiconductors.  Typical questions we are trying to address are for example low energy lighting, new types of lasers, as well as solar cells (more detailed in their own section).  Another example of our activities is teraherz spectroscopy can also be used in security applications.



Neil Alford


Professor of Physical Electronics and Thin Film Materials, Vice-Dean (Research) Faculty of Engineering

Thomas Anthopoulos  

Professor of Experimental Physics, Department of Physics

Research is centered on understanding the physical properties of functional electronic materials and applying this fundamental understanding to develop improved materials and devices for application in electronics, displays, lighting, energy generation & harvesting and different sensor technologies


John de Mello


Professor of Experimental Physics, Department of Physics

Specialising in the experimental and theoretical  Characterisation of nanoparticles and molecular semiconductors – with particular emphasis on their use in optoelectronic devices. In the area of organic semiconductors, primary on the fa focus is on fabrication, analysis and optimisation of light-emitting diodes and solar cells.

Joao Cabral  

Reader in Soft Matter, Deparment of Chemical Engineering, focus on polymers and microfluids 

Research interests are in soft condensed matter, in particular in complex polymer mixtures, multicomponent systems, often containing particles and opolymers. currently studying the thermodynamics and dynamics or polymer blends with a combination of real- and reciprocal-space techniques, including microscopy and AFM, and light, X-ray and neutron scattering.


James Durrant


Professor of Photochemistry, Department of Chemistry

Research interest is the development of new chemical approaches to solar energy conversion – harnessing solar energy either to produce electricity (photovoltaics) or molecular fuels (e.g. hydrogen).


Joshua Edel


Professor in Micro and Nanotechnology, Department of Chemistry

Research covers nanobiotechnology with an emphasis on the development of micro and nanofluidic devices for analytical and bio-analytical applications and ultra-high sensitivity optical detection techniques.


Saif Haque


Reader in Materials Chemistry, Department of Chemistry

Research interests lie in the area of solar energy conversion and molecular electronics.


Sandrine Heutz


Reader in Functional Molecular Materials, Department of Materials

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.


Martin Heeley


Professor of Organic Materials, Department of Chemistry


Andrew Horsfield


Reader in the Theory & Simulation of Materials, Department of Materials

Current research interests cover the dynamics of electrons out of equilibrium, and the thermodynamics of complex interfaces.


Martyn McLachlan


Lecturer in functional nanomaterials, Department of Materials

Primary research interests centre on the synthesis and characterisation of metal oxide species. More specifically, the development of low temperature deposition routes, analysing surfaces and buried interfaces of thin films and correlating structural, morphological and electrical properties with the synthesis method.


Peter K. Petrov


Research Officer in Thin Film Technology, Department of Materials


Jason Riley


Professor of Materials Electrochemistry, Department of Materials

Research activity concerns the preparation, characterisation and applications of nanomaterials. Colloid chemistry, anodisation and templated deposition are employed to obtain materials of defined dimension.


Mary Ryan


Professor of Materials Science & Nanotechnology, Department of Materials

Current research is in the area of applied electrochemistry and corrosion, with a focus on deposition of nanostructures and the study of self- forming nanocrystalline oxides; as well as fundamental work on degradation and stability of metal systems.


Paul Stavrinou


Reader, Department of Physics


Natalie Stingelin


Professor Functional Organic Materials, Department of Materials

Current research interests encompass the broad field of organic functional materials, includig organic electronics, multifunctional inorganic/organic hybrids, and smart, advanced optical systems based on organic matter.


Eric Yeatman


Professor of Microengineering, Deputy Head of Electrical and Electronic Engineering 

Research area is looking at materials and methods for microfabrication, and microfabricated devices.