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 a Professor of Solid State Physics and Director of the Plastic Electronics Centre for Doctoral Training ( at Imperial College London. She also holds a Specially Appointed Professorship at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan), and held a Visiting Professorship 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. 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 Soft Electronic Materials for Energy and Bio applications, as well as developing new Nanometrology for these materials. Her research programme benefits from multidisciplinary scientific background in theoretical and experimental physics and surface/interface science, which provides a unique perspective to approach the research programme in molecular, polymeric, and hybrid soft electronic materials and devices. She is leading the Nanoanalysis Group (, working together with industrial partners including Samsung Electronics, CSEM Brazil, KP-Tech, CDT Ltd. and NPL.

PhD projects for 2021 entry available: Please contact me ( for more details.

MRes course in Soft Electronic Materials: We are now accepting applications for October 2021 entry!




Kafourou P, Park B, Luke J, et al., 2021, One‐Step Sixfold Cyanation of Benzothiadiazole Acceptor Units for Air‐Stable High‐Performance n‐Type Organic Field‐Effect Transistors, Angewandte Chemie, ISSN:0044-8249

Limbu S, Park K-B, Wu J, et al., 2021, Identifying the Molecular Origins of High-Performance in Organic Photodetectors Based on Highly Intermixed Bulk Heterojunction Blends., Acs Nano, Vol:15, Pages:1217-1228

Luke J, Correa L, Rodrigues J, et al., 2021, A Commercial Benchmark: Light-Soaking Free, Fully Scalable, Large-Area Organic Solar Cells for Low-Light Applications, Advanced Energy Materials, ISSN:1614-6832

Yiwen W, Jinho L, Xueyan H, et al., 2020, Recent Progress and Challenges Towards Highly Stable Nonfullerene Acceptor-Based Organic Solar Cells, Advanced Energy Materials, ISSN:1614-6832

Heeney M, Kafourou P, Park B, et al., 2020, One-step Six-fold Cyanation of Benzothiadiazole Acceptor Units for Air-Stable High-Performance n-Type Organic Field-Effect Transistors, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, ISSN:1433-7851

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