Ifor Samuel: Coherence and control of light emission from organic semiconductors
Ifor Samuel received his MA and PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge, where he developed his fascination with conjugated polymers. After finishing his PhD he moved to Paris and worked with France Telecom for two years, investigating the nonlinear optical properties of organic materials. He returned to Cambridge for a year, received a Royal Society University Research Fellowship and took up a position at the University of Durham until August 2000 when he moved to St Andrews. In 2001 he started the Organic Semiconductor Centre to encourage collaboration between physicists and chemists in developing the next generation of organic semiconductors and the wider field of organic electronics.
Members of the Organic Semiconductor Optoelectronics group study the physics of remarkable plastic-like materials that can conduct electricity and emit light. In addition to being a rapidly advancing field of physics, these materials open new directions in optoelectronics and nanotechnology and can be used for ultrathin flexible displays, printed electronics, solar cells and compact organic lasers.