Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Visiting Professor



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Mrs Carolyn Dale +44 (0)20 7594 7579




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Advanced materials and devices

Thomas Anthopoulos is a Professor of Experimental Physics in the Department of Physics and The Centre for Plastic Electronics, Imperial College London. He received his B.Eng., and Ph.D., from Staffordshire University in UK. He then moved to University of St. Andrews where he worked on organic light-emitting diodes. In 2003 he joined Philips Research Laboratories in The Netherlands to work on organic semiconductors for use in opto/electronic devices and integrated circuits. In 2005 he was awarded an EPSRC Advanced Fellowship and in 2007 a RCUK Fellowship both hosted in the Department of Physics, Imperial College London. His current research interest is focused on the physics of novel organics, inorganics and hybrid materials and devices. Ongoing research projects include: 

  • Novel inorganic transparent semiconductors 
  • High-mobility organic semiconductors & devices 
  • Nanoscale opto/electronic devices & systems 
  • Transparent photo-transistors for invisible electronics 
  • Charge carrier transport in semiconductors & devices 
  • Novel nano-lithography methods for plastic nanoelectronics 
  • Novel device concepts for energy harvesting & generation 


  • For self-funded PhD positions contact Prof. Thomas Anthopoulos 

Latest News 

  • Thomas Anthopoulos joins Editorial Board of Advanced Science [Oct. 2014] 
  • Joseph Shaw wins poster prize at E-MRS 2014 Fall meeting [Sep. 2014] 
  • John Labram wins 2014 Elings Prize Fellowship in Experimental Physics [Jun. 2014] 
  • David Beesley wins the EPSRC ICT Pioneers competition for his work entitled "Extending Moore’s law via the control of adhesion forces: Next generation technology for sub 10 nm electronics" [Nov. 2012]
  • Simon Hunter wins the Sigma-Aldrich Prize for best MRes project entitled “Conductive Atomic Force Microscopy as a Tool for Analysing Charge Transport in Organic Thin Film Transistors” [Oct. 2012]  
  • Thomas Anthopoulos joins Advisor Board of Advanced Functional Materials
  • Thomas Anthopoulos wins European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant (StG) award of €1.5M. The ERC is a highly prestigious five-year award designed to help the next generation of top research leaders in Europe to start or to consolidate their own independent research teams. [see video
  • Thomas AnthopoulosThomas Anthopoulos wins Ben Sturgeon Award. The Ben Sturgeon Award is made annually by the Society for Information Display (SID), to individuals or groups who have made a significant contribution to the development of displays. 
  • John Labram wins Solid State Physics Thesis Prize 2012 for his outstanding PhD work. 
  • Joseph Shaw wins best DTC-PE poster award in The Society for Information Display (SID) workshop held at Imperial College over the 5-6 September 2011, the 5th meeting of its kind organised in the UK. Cambridge Display Technology, an industrial partner of the PE-DTC, sponsored the session and offered a prize for the best poster. 


Media Mentions  


  • Book chapter published: "Advanced in Carbon Nanomaterials: Science & Applications" [Google Books]

    Advances in carbon nanomaterials    

  • Book chapter published: "Organic Electronics: Materials, Processing, Devices and Applications" [Sample]
  •  Organic Electronics

Other Significant Activities

  • Member of the Editorial Board of Advanced Science, Wiley 
  • Member of the Advisor Board of Advanced Functional Materials, Wiley 

Further Information



Kim H, Nugraha MI, Guan X, et al., 2021, All-Solution-Processed Quantum Dot Electrical Double-Layer Transistors Enhanced by Surface Charges of Ti3C2T x MXene Contacts., Acs Nano, Vol:15, Pages:5221-5229

Paterson AF, Li R, Markina A, et al., 2021, N-Doping improves charge transport and morphology in the organic non-fullerene acceptor O-IDTBR dagger, Journal of Materials Chemistry C, ISSN:2050-7526

Heeney M, Kafourou P, Park B, et al., 2021, One-step six-fold cyanation of benzothiadiazole acceptor Units for air-stable high-performance n-type organic field-effect transistors, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Vol:60, ISSN:1433-7851, Pages:5970-5977

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, Vol:133, ISSN:0044-8249, Pages:6035-6042

Hodsden T, Thorley KJ, Basu A, et al., 2021, The influence of alkyl group regiochemistry and backbone fluorination on the packing and transistor performance of N-cyanoimine functionalised indacenodithiophenes, Materials Advances, Vol:2, Pages:1706-1714

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