"The CDT cross-department and university collaborations has emboldened me to challenge myself and pull together knowledge from chemistry, physics and material science."  – Ali Afshar

Applications for our standalone MRes course for October 2023 now open! 

MRes in Soft Electronic Materials

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Plastic electronics is a rapidly advancing research field encompassing the design, synthesis, characterisation and modelling of printable and flexible electronic materials and devices. This includes low energy organic LEDs for diplays and lighting, new types of solar cell, wearable electronics and bio-electronics, optoelectronics, and frontier research areas such as spintronics, ferroics and molecular magnetism.


Plastic Electronics CDT

  • Launched in 2009
  • over £11 million funding to date
  • unique multidisciplinary course: molecular physics & optoelectronic processes; polymer chemistry; macromolecular materials science; device physics.
  • 100 MRes and 90 PhD students so far
  • Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering
  • 3 universities: Imperial College London, Queen Mary University of London, and Oxford University

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The CDT Programme

The Plastic Electronics CDT is a 4 year programme, comprising 1 year MRes plus 3 years PhD. We are now accepting applications for October 2022 entry on our standalone MRes.

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We are running a standalone MRes course in Soft Electronic Materials. Applications for October 2022 entry open!

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Plastic Electronics

Centre for Processable Electronics

The Plastic Electronics CDT is part of the Centre for Processable Electronics at Imperial College. The Centre is a group of around 40 research groups, working on printable and flexible electronics materials and devices.

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