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Electronic and Photonic Molecular Materials Group

department of physics and astronomy

Prof David Lidzey

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David Lidzey studied for both his BSc and PhD in The School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham. After working for 2 years at Kodak Ltd. (Harrow) he returned to Birmingham University to study for a PhD (awarded in 1994). His research was based around the use of the bioluminescent enzyme luciferase as a molecular-electronic switch for application in a massively-parallel pattern-recognition system.

In 1995 he moved to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Sheffield to undertake postdoctoral research. He was later awarded the Lloyds of London Tercentenary Research Fellowship in 1997 and an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship in 1999 to study the optical and electronic properties of organic nanostructures. He was promoted to a personal chair in 2007, and heads the Sheffield Electronic and Photonic Molecular Materials group (EPMM) in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He has a strong interest in the study of photonic and optoelectronic devices containing organic materials.

A continuing theme of his research has been the development of photonic structures and devices containing fluorescent organic materials. Here, he has made notable breakthroughs including the first observation of the strong-coupling regime in an organic microcavity, and the first demonstration of spontaneous emission enhancement in an organic microcavity-micropillar. He has also worked on aspects of the physics, technology and applications of polymer light emitting diodes and organic photovoltaics. Through such research, he has developed strong links with a number of industrial companies commercializing plastic electronics. He has actively contributed to a number of large collaborative research projects based on functional organic-materials and photonics, including EUROLED, LUPO, HYTEC, POLYCOM, UKOPV and ICARUS.

In the Sheffield Physics and Astronomy Department, he teaches courses PHY123 (The physics of sustainable energy) and PHY347/447 (Physics in an enterprise culture) and tutors 1st year physics. In his spare time, David is interested in oil painting, pottery and allotment gardening.

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