Thin Film Growth

Novel flexible, lightweight and low cost “plastic” electronics, including OLEDs and organic solar cells, rely on semiconducting...
In a collaboration with Waseda University in Tokyo, LCN researchers have grown highly boron doped diamond layers only 1nm in thick

Stephen Skinner

Professor Skinner's research interests centre on the properties and structures of ion conducting oxides, with emphasis on the idenification and characterisation of new materials using in- situ high temperature techniques such as x-ray and neutron powder diffraction techniques, secondary ion mass spectrometry and low energy ion scattering. This work has potential applications in the development of solid oxide fuel cell, electrolysis and permeation membranes and more has been identified as having application in the field of novel solid state gas sensors.

Mary Ryan

Professor Mary ryan's current research is in the area of applied electrochemistry and corrosion, with a focus on deposition of nanostructures and the study of self-forming nanocrystalline oxides; as well as fundamental work on degradation and stability of metal systems.

Peter Petrov

Peter's research interest is in the new material issues for development of nano-scale thin films and devices: fabrication of functional oxides based nano-scale multilayered structures; advanced methods for examining their structure and testing their electrical properties, and their implementation into microwave devices. He is the author of more than 50 scientific papers and inventor of four patent applications (two of them owned by Ericsson AB) which are now granted patents.

Sandrine Heutz

Professor Heutz's research concentrates on the growth and characterisation of organic thin films with interesting optoelectronic and magnetic properties. The material components are based on polyaromatic molecules such as phthalocyanines, and porphyrins, close analogues to natural products (e.g. chlorophyll). Particular emphasis is placed on developing growth methods to obtain new types of structures and morphologies, and charge-transfer complexes.

Neil Alford

Professor Neil Alford runs the Physical Electronics and Thin Film Materials group in the Department of Materials, Imperial College. The group have internationally recognised expertise in Pulsed Laser Deposition of ferroelectric based thin films and multilayer structures and their application for microwave tuneable devices.

Geoff Thornton

Prof Thornton's research focusses on structure/property relations of metal oxide surfaces and nanostructures, particularly of TiO2, with a shift in emphasis towards solid/liquid interfaces relevant to light harvesting applications. Scanning probe, laser and related instruments are employed, as well as synchrotron radiation and laser facilities at Harwell Lab.


Franco Cacialli

Prof Cacialli's  research interests focus on the physics and applications of organic and more generally printable semiconductors with emphasis on organic optoelectronics and photonics. Research interests include supramolecular architectures for control and tailoring of intermolecular interactions and photophysics, high-resolution nanolithographic patterning of organic semiconductors, near infrared organic photonics and optoelectronics, as well as visible (and nearly-visible) organic light communications systems [(N)OVILICs].