Plastic Electronics Alumni
Graduates from the Plastic Electronics CDT go on to a wide range of careers, from research in academia and industry, to running their own business. Here are a few case studies...
Dr Sebastian Wood
Cohort 2, 2010 start
As a Plastic Electronics CDT student, I benefited directly from the opportunities and guidance the CDT offered me at the outset of my career. I started the course with very little knowledge of plastic electronics so the taught courses in the MRes year were invaluable to me, and provided a strong foundation and direction for my PhD and ongoing research projects. I also benefited from the breadth of expertise and ease of interdisciplinary work within the Centre for Plastic Electronics, which enabled me to collaborate widely and fruitfully. The opportunities to travel and attend conferences were also extraordinary: bringing me into contact with countless companies, researchers and institutions all over the world and giving me an appreciation of the broader academic and industrial context of the field of plastic electronics. My experiences in the PE-CDT were an ideal preparation for my current role at the National Physical Laboratory, where I am working on bridging the gap between academia and industry through the development of new characterisation techniques.
Higher Research Scientist, National Physical Laboratory, UK
The successful commercialisation of printed electronics requires appropriate techniques for measuring and characterising these materials, with a particular focus on precision and reliability. One of my first projects has been to develop a method for precisely measuring the orientation of conjugated molecules in printed electronic devices, using polarised Raman spectroscopy. This offers important advantages over established X-ray techniques since it can be performed in situ with minimal sample preparation, benchtop apparatus, and with diffraction limited resolution. A second project focuses on the characterisation of defects in printed photovoltaics, where large scale production requires effective defect identification and management. To address this we have developed transient photovoltage/photocurrent mapping, which enables us to examine the functional impacts of different defects in order to understand how critical they are to device performance.
Dr Alexandra Ramadan
Cohort 3, 2011 start
The four years I spent as a part of the Plastic Electronics CDT were challenging, enjoyable and helped me to get my current job as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford. The year spent on the MRes course allowed me to gain a broad understanding of the chemistry and physics underpinning the field whilst exploring areas of research not directly related to my chosen project. I feel this really helped me to become competent quickly in such a multi-disciplinary research field. One of the real highlights of the PE-CDT was the additional training and opportunities which were provided to us outside of traditional research. In particular the annual ethics course was always fascinating and really helped me to develop my ideas of how I should be as a researcher. This was such a valuable opportunity and one which I would never have had if I wasn’t a part ofthe CDT. The winter schools and research symposiums offered great networking opportunities with academics from other institutions and industry. I found these events incredibly useful for developing research collaborations and they even helped me to get my current post at Oxford. My favourite part ofthe CDT was being a part of a cohort of students. Having friends who were working on different but related areas of organic electronics was useful for research and collaboration and provided a really fun and supportive environment in which to work for four years.
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oxford
Alex currently works as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Oxford in the group of Professor Henry Snaith in the Department of Physics, working on lead based perovskite materials for photovoltaic applications in the group of Professor Henry Snaith. Her research focus is using surface science/materials characterisation techniques to understand the electronic and physical structure of these materials.