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Marc Etherington


Marc returned to Durham after studying towards his PhD in the Optoelectronics group. at the University of Cambridge His expertise lies in magnetic field effects in organic semiconductors, the photophysics of proton-transfer and charge-transfer states and photoinduced absorption (PIA) spectroscopy. In the OEM group he has recently established a quasi-CW PIA setup and helps supervise 4th year project students. He is also a Junior Research Fellow at Hatfield College for the 2017/18 academic year.

Paloma dos Santos

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Paloma is in the final year of her PhD studies in the OEM group. She received her Bachelor and MSc. degrees in Physics from UFMG (Brazil) and moved to the UK in October 2014. Her experience lies in the spectroscopic characterization of organic semiconductors using steady-state and time-resolved techniques. She also enjoys device production and spends a lot of time in the clean room.

Daniel Pereira


Daniel is a PhD student in a Marie Curie project and part of the OEM group. He has a micro and nanotechnology engineering background from FCT-UNL, Portugal (2015). In the beginning of 2016, he moved to Durham to persue his PhD in the characterization and optimisation of OLEDs. He is also playing around with the optical characterization of organic systems. In his spare time, Daniel enjoys dancing, having won 4 medals in dance competitions representing Durham University.

Patrycja Brook


Patrycja obtained her PhD from Newcastle University in the Molecular Photonics Laboratory. In the OEM group she is working towards the development of high-performance, hyperfluorescent OLEDs for use in display applications and solid-state lighting. She specialises in the photophysical characterization of organic multi-component molecules utilising many time-resolved and steady-state spectroscopic techniques.

Beth Laidlaw


Beth graduated with her MChem from Newcastle University in 2017 and is now studying for her PhD in the Penfold group. Her current research uses molecular dynamics and quantum mechanics and is in collaboration with Cynora. The focus of this work is improving the efficiency of thermally activated delayed fluorescence for applications in OLEDs.

Julien Eng

Julien obtained his PhD in theoretical chemistry in 2015 at the Laboratoire de Chimie Quantique at the University of Strasbourg. He then spent a year as research assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion studying spin dynamics of single molecule magnets. Since 2017 he has been a research assistant at Newcastle University in the Penfold group. His current interests are the photoexcited mechanism of thermally activated delayed fluorescence emitters from both the quantum chemical and quantum dynamical perspectives.


Andy Monkman

Professor Andrew Monkman started the OEM research group and work on luminescent organic materials in 1988. The group has grown and now has over 20 members. His focus is on photophysical characterisation of materials, especially developing new methods to resolve the photophysical mechanisms underpinning novel phenomena. TADF is a case in point, where many new measurements are required to understand the complex physics going on. He also works on developing new electro-optic measurements to study OLED devices. The group can rapidly generate a large data set on a new material and he enjoys trying to piece it all together to come up with a coherent model of the physics.



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