Imperial College London

Professor Martyn A McLachlan

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Professor of Thin Films, Interfaces and Electronic Devices



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  • Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in the Advanced Characterisation of Materials (CDT-ACM)
  • Management Board Member - Centre for Processable Electronics (CPE)
  • Deputy Faculty Senior Tutor (Engineering)


I joined the Department of Materials late in 2004 as a postdoctoral researcher working on and industrially funded project (Royal Dutch Shell) led by Professor David McComb. In 2007 I was then awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship and eventually appointed as a Lecturer in 2013.This was followed by promotion to Senior Lecturer (2015) and then Reader (2017) and more recently to full Professor in 2020.

During my time at Imperial i have held a number of additional roles within the Department of Materials and across the College, these include course Director of our Advanced Materials Science and Engineering MSc and Director of Undergraduate Studies. I was also a College Warden for almost a decade and recently joined the Faculty of Engineering Team as Deputy Faculty Senior Tutor. I am affiliated with the Centre for Doctoral Training in Plastic Electronic Materials (PE-CDT) and my research engages strongly with the Centre for Processable Electronics (CPE) at Imperial.

In 2021 I replaced Professor Stephen Skinner as the Imperial Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in the Advanced Characterisation of Materials (CDT-ACM), a joint venture between Imperial College, University College London and Trinity College Dublin. You can find out more about the centre, including current PhD vacancies by clicking here.

Research Activities

More details of the research activities and output of my group can be found on my personal website, where you can also find information about current projects, vacancies, the resources we have for collaborative research and past activities of the group.



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Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Franklin JB, Downing JM, Giuliani F, et al., 2012, Building on Soft Foundations – New Possibilities for Controlling Hybrid Photovoltaic Architectures, Advanced Energy Materials

Adamopoulos G, Stuart T, Bradley DDC, et al., 2011, High-mobility low-voltage ZnO transistors based on ZrO2 high-kdielectric grown by spray pyrolysis in ambient air, Advanced Materials, 2011, Vol:23

Mclachlan MA, McComb DW, Ryan MP, et al., 2011, Probing local and global ferroelectric phase stability and polarization switching in ordered macroporous PZT, Advanced Functional Materials, Vol:21, Pages:941-947

Franklin JB, Zou B, Petrov P, et al., 2011, Optimised Pulsed Laser Deposition of ZnO Thin Films on Transparent Conducting Substrates, Journal of Materials Chemistry, Vol:21, Pages:8178-8182

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