We use materials chemistry to design functional soft materials (e.g. polymers, surfactants, colloids/nanoparticles, organic-inorganic hybrids) which absorb, produce or respond to light. Such materials are the basis of many cutting-edge technologies, including light-emitting displays, solar cells, optical sensors and bioelectronic devices.
We focus on developing ways to control the structural organisation of photoactive materials, from the nano- to the macroscale, since this controls many of their fundamental properties, for example, photoluminescence and charge transport. We aim to leverage our understanding of the physical processes occurring at the nanoscale in these systems to generate design rules for the targeted engineering of photoactive materials with tailored properties and to deliver new device applications.