Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Professor of Solid State Physics



+44 (0)20 7594




B909Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





Ji-Seon Kim is Professor of Solid State Physics and Director of the Plastic Electronics Centre for Doctoral Training ( at Imperial College London. She also held a Visiting Professorship in Materials Science and Engineering at KAIST, South Korea. She has previously taken up an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship at the University of Cambridge, obtained a PhD in Physics in 2000 under the supervision of Prof. Sir Richard Friend, was a Post-Doc in Cambridge. She is conducting scientific research as a technical consultant for Cambridge Display Technology (CDT) Ltd.

Her research focuses on the basic science and technology of Nanoscale Functional Materials such as organics, organic/inorganic hybrids, nano/biomaterials and related applications, as well as developing novel Nanometrology for these functional materials. Her research programme benefits from multidisciplinary scientific background in experimental and theoretical physics and surface/interface science, which provides a unique perspective to approach the research programme in molecular, polymeric, and hybrid electronic materials and devices. She is leading the Nanoanalysis Group (, working together with industrial partners including Samsung, CSEM Brazil, KP-Tech, CDT Ltd. and NPL.

Post-doc position available: Research Associate in Organic and Hybrid Electronic Materials and Devices (deadline: 31 Jan 2019)

PhD projects for 2019 entry available: 

1. Flexible Organic Solar Cells utilising New Electron Acceptors

2. Organic Biosensors for Non-invasive Diagnostics

Please contact me ( for more details.




He Q, Shahid M, Panidi J, et al., A versatile star-shaped organic semiconductor based on benzodithiophene and diketopyrrolopyrrole, Journal of Materials Chemistry C, ISSN:2050-7526

Wang Y, Daboczi M, Mesa CA, et al., Bi₂Fe₄O₉ thin films as novel visible-light-active photoanodes for solar water splitting, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, ISSN:2050-7496

Limbu S, Pont S, Doust AB, et al., 2019, Impact of Initial Bulk-Heterojunction Morphology on Operational Stability of Polymer:Fullerene Photovoltaic Cells, Advanced Materials Interfaces, Vol:6, ISSN:2196-7350

Kim J-S, 2019, Impact of molecular conformation on triplet-fusion induced photon energy up-conversion in the absence of exothermic triplet energy transfer, Journal of Materials Chemistry C, ISSN:2050-7526

Luke J, Speller EM, Wadsworth A, et al., 2019, Twist and Degrade-Impact of Molecular Structure on the Photostability of Nonfullerene Acceptors and Their Photovoltaic Blends, Advanced Energy Materials, ISSN:1614-6832, Pages:1803755-1803755

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