Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Head of the Department of Materials



+44 (0)20 7594 6727s.heutz




201.BRoyal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





Sandrine is a Professor in Functional Molecular Materials.  She joined the Department of Materials as a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow on 1st January 2007.  She obtained her first degree in Chemistry from the University of Liege, Belgium (1998) and her PhD from Imperial College (2002). Her thesis was entitled "Structural, spectroscopic and morphological properties of molecular thin film heterostructures", with specific emphasis on phthalocyanine and perylene materials.   

During the course of her PhD, Sandrine was awarded a Marie Curie training site fellowship which allowed her to work at TU-Chemnitz, Germany, working in the group of Professor Zahn. She subsequently spent two years as a post-doctoral research fellow working on molecular photovoltaic cells at Imperial College.  She then moved to the Department of Physics and London Centre for Nanotechnology at University College London in 2004 to start her Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship, entitled "Molecular Magnetic Biosensors". In 2008 Sandrine was awarded the IOM3 Silver Medal. Sandrine has represented the UK in the Materials Science and Engineering Expert Committee (MatSEEC) of the European Science Foundation, and is currently the Chair of the Physical Science Strategic Advisory group at EPSRC. She is the Academic Champion for SPIN-Lab, a cross-institution facility to study spin-based phenomena and their interaction with light.  Since April 2020 she is the Imperial co-Director of the London Centre for Nanotechnology.  She is also the co-Director of the CNRS - Imperial IRC for Transformational Science and Technology.  Since October 2022, she is the Head of the Department of Materials.  

Current research directions are focused on optoelectronic, magnetic and quantum properties of molecular thin films, spintronic applications, novel fabrication methods for oxides, detailed structural characterisation of films and interfaces, and nanowire devices.  

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Kim DK, Lubert-Perquel D, Heutz S, 2020, Comparison of organic and inorganic layers for structural templating of pentacene thin films, Materials Horizons, Vol:7, ISSN:2051-6355, Pages:289-298

Wu Z, Robaschik P, Fleet L, et al., 2019, Controlling ferromagnetic ground states and solitons in thin films and nanowires built from iron phthalocyanine chains, Advanced Functional Materials, Vol:29, ISSN:1616-301X

Lubert-Perquel D, Salvadori E, Dyson M, et al., 2018, Identifying triplet pathways in dilute pentacene films, Nature Communications, Vol:9, ISSN:2041-1723

Leber R, Wilson LE, Robaschik P, et al., 2017, High Vacuum Deposition of Biferrocene Thin Films on Room Temperature Substrates, Chemistry of Materials, Vol:29, ISSN:0897-4756, Pages:8663-8669

Fleet LR, Stott J, Villis B, et al., 2017, Self-Assembled Molecular Nanowires for High-Performance Organic Transistors, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Vol:9, ISSN:1944-8244, Pages:20686-20695

Perfetti M, Serri M, Poggini L, et al., 2016, Molecular order in buried layers of TbPc2 Single-Molecule Magnets detected by torque magnetometry, Advanced Materials, Vol:28, ISSN:1521-4095, Pages:6946-6951

Gilchrist JB, Basey-Fisher TH, Chang SC, et al., 2014, Uncovering buried structure and interfaces in molecular photovoltaics, Advanced Functional Materials, Vol:24, ISSN:1616-301X, Pages:6473-6483

Serri M, Wu W, Fleet LR, et al., 2014, High-temperature antiferromagnetism in molecular semiconductor thin films and nanostructures, Nature Communications, Vol:5, ISSN:2041-1723, Pages:1-9

Warner M, Din S, Tupitsyn IS, et al., 2013, Potential for spin-based information processing in a thin-film molecular semiconductor, Nature, Vol:503, ISSN:0028-0836, Pages:504-508

Warner M, Mauthoor S, Felton S, et al., 2012, Spin-Based Diagnostic of Nanostructure in Copper Phthalocyanine-C<sub>60</sub> Solar Cell Blends, ACS Nano, Vol:6, ISSN:1936-0851, Pages:10808-10815

Cruickshank AC, Dotzler CJ, Din S, et al., 2012, The Crystalline Structure of Copper Phthalocyanine Films on ZnO(1(1)over-bar00), Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol:134, ISSN:0002-7863, Pages:14302-14305

Palamarciuc T, Oberg JC, El Hallak F, et al., 2012, Spin crossover materials evaporated under clean high vacuum and ultra-high vacuum conditions: from thin films to single molecules, Journal of Materials Chemistry, Vol:22, ISSN:0959-9428, Pages:9690-9695

Gardener JA, Liaw I, Aeppli G, et al., 2011, Oxide Nanoparticle Thin Films Created Using Molecular Templates, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Vol:115, ISSN:1932-7447, Pages:13151-13157

Wang H, Mauthoor S, Din S, et al., 2010, Ultra long Copper Phthalocyanine Nanowires with New Crystal Structure and Broad Optical Absorption, ACS Nano, Vol:4, ISSN:1936-0851, Pages:3921-3926

Gardener JA, Liaw I, Aeppli G, et al., 2010, A novel route for the inclusion of metal dopants in silicon, Nanotechnology, Vol:21, ISSN:0957-4484

Heutz S, Mitra C, Wu W, et al., 2007, Molecular Thin Films: A New Type of Magnetic Switch, Advanced Materials, Vol:19, ISSN:0935-9648, Pages:3618-3622

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