Chris Finlayson
M.Sci (Birmingham), Ph.D (Cambridge)


Contact Details

Room Number..........:  2.10
Building....................:  Physical Sciences
Phone.......................:   +44 (0)1970 622818
E-Mail........................:   cef2


Chris graduated with a degree in Physics from the University of Birmingham in 1998. His Ph.D research at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge explored aspects of the synthesis, characterisation and applications of colloidal semiconductor nanoparticles. He then moved to the University of Southampton, where as a postdoctoral fellow, he researched in the areas of photonic crystals and optical fibre based metamaterials. In 2007, he was awarded a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship, working in the group of Prof Sir Richard Friend at the Cavendish Laboratory, in the area of supramolecular optoelectronics. Recently, Chris has also developed an interest in soft nanophotonics and polymeric photonic materials. He moved to Aberystwyth in April 2011, to take up his appointment as Lecturer in Physics.

Research Groups

Research Interests

  • Areas of Interest are:
    • Supramolecular Materials: Designing functional materials at the smallest scales; the molecular and supramolecular levels. Investigating fundamental characteristics, such as photophysics, charge and energy migration, chirality and surface wetting interactions. Feedback into advanced chemical synthesis strategies.
    • Optoelectronics: Application of molecular semiconductors and conjugated polymers to photovoltaics/solar-cells, LEDs, transistors, optical gain media.
    • Soft Nanophotonics: Polymeric photonic materials (e.g. polymer opals), self-assembly of polymers and sub-micron particles, composite materials with novel electronic and/or mechanical properties
    • Low Dimensional Semiconductors: II-VI and III-V “nanocrystals” and quantum dots. Synthesis, optical and optoelectronic properties; device applications.

Teaching Areas

Modules Taught


Solvatochromism in Perylene Diimides; Experiment and TheoryFuller, C. A. & Finlayson, C. 2017 In : Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics.19, p. 31781-317876 p.
Spray-coating deposition techniques for polymeric semiconductor blendsBernardin, G., Davies, N. & Finlayson, C. 2017 In : Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing.71, p. 174-1807 p.
Generating Bulk-Scale Ordered Optical Materials Using Shear-Assembly in Viscoelastic MediaFinlayson, C. & Baumberg, J. J. 2017 In : Materials.10, 7, 14 p., 688
Nanoassembly of Polydisperse Photonic Crystals Based on Binary and Ternary Polymer Opal AlloysZhao, Q., Finlayson, C., Schafer, C. G., Spahn, P., Gallei, M., Herrmann, L., Petukhov, A. & Baumberg, J. J. 2016 In : Advanced Optical Materials .4, 10, p. 1494-1500
Low cost 3D-printing used in an undergraduate project: an integrating sphere for measurement of photoluminescence quantum yieldTomes, J. & Finlayson, C. 2016 In : European Journal of Physics.37, 14 p., 055501
Large-scale ordering of nanoparticles using viscoelastic shear processingZhao, Q., Finlayson, C., Snoswell, D. R. E., Haines, A. I., Schafer, C., Spahn, P., Hellmann, G. P., Petukhov, A., Herrmann, L., Burdet, P., Midgley, P., Butler, S., Mackley, M., Guo, Q. & Baumberg, J. J. 2016 In : Nature Communications.7, 11661
Real-time measurements of crystallization processes in visco-elastic polymeric photonic crystalsSnoswell, D. R. E., Finlayson, C., Zhao, Q. & Baumberg, J. J. 2015 In : Physical Review E.92, 5, 8 p., 052315
The Potential of P3HT:3C-SiC Composite Structures for Hybrid PhotovoltaicsKettner, O., Finlayson, C. E. & Friedel, B. 2015 In : Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters.7, 1, p. 56-616 p.
A study of tin oxide as an election injection layer in hybrid polymer light-emitting diodesLu, L. P., Finlayson, C. E. & Friend, R. H. 2014 In : Semiconductor Science and Technology.29, 7 p., 125002
Characterization of spray-coating methods for conjugated polymer blend thin filmsNoebels, M., Cross, R. E., Evans, D. A. & Finlayson, C. 2014 In : Journal of Materials Science.49, 12, p. 4279-42879 p.
The rheology and processing of "edge sheared" colloidal polymer opalsWong , H., Mackley, M., Butler, S., Baumberg, J. J., Snoswell, D. R. E., Finlayson, C. E. & Zhao, Q. 2014 In : Journal of Rheology.58, 2, p. 397-40913 p.
Thick polymer light-emitting diodes with very high power efficiency using Ohmic charge-injection layersLu, L. P., Finlayson, C. & Friend, R. H. 2014 In : Semiconductor Science and Technology.29, 2, 6 p., 025005
Polymer opals as novel photonic materialsFinlayson, C. & Baumberg, J. J. 2013 In : Polymer International.62, p. 1403–14075 p.
The Influence of Side-Chain Position on the Optoelectronic Properties of a Red-Emitting Conjugated PolymerLu, L. P., Finlayson, C. E., Kabra, D., Albert-Seifried, S., Song, M. H., Havenith, R. W. A., Tu, G., Huck, W. T. S. & Friend, R. H. 2013 In : Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics.214, 9, p. 967–9748 p.
Generating Lithographically-Defined Tunable Printed Structural ColorMichaelis, B., Snoswell, D. R. E., Bell, N. A. W., Spahn, P., Hellmann, G. P., Finlayson, C. E. & Baumberg, J. J. 2013 In : Advanced Engineering Materials.
Anisotropic Resonant Scattering from Polymer Photonic CrystalsHaines, A. I., Finlayson, C. E., Snoswell, D. R. E., Spahn, P., Hellmann, G. P. & Baumberg, J. J. 2012 In : Advanced Materials.24, 44, p. OP305-OP3084 p.
Electrically conductive polymeric photonic crystalsImai, Y., Finlayson, C. E., Goldberg-Oppenheimer, P., Zhao, Q., Spahn, P., Snoswell, D. R. E., Haines, A. I., Hellmann, G. P. & Baumberg, J. J. 2012 In : Soft Matter.8, 23, p. 6280-6290
Electrically Induced Colloidal Clusters for Generating Shear Mixing and Visualizing Flow in MicrochannelsSnoswell, D. R. E., Creaton, P., Finlayson, C. E. & Vincent, B. 2011 In : Langmuir.27, 21, p. 12815-128217 p.
The influence of the compounding process and testing conditions on the compressive mechanical properties of poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide)/α-tricalcium phosphate nanocompositesWilberforce, S. I. J., Finlayson, C. E., Best, S. M. & Cameron, R. E. 2011 In : Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials.4, 7, p. 1081-10899 p.
The influence of hydroxyapatite (HA) microparticles (m) and nanoparticles (n) on the thermal and dynamic mechanical properties of poly-L-lactideWilberforce, S. I. J., Finlayson, C. E., Best, S. M. & Cameron, R. E. 2011 In : Polymer.52, 13, p. 2883-28908 p.
Stretching polymer opal fibers tunes structural colorFinlayson, C. E., Snoswell, D. R. E., Spahn, P. & Baumberg, J. J. 2011 In : Laser Focus World.47, 6, p. 43-464 p.
Modification of the refractive-index contrast in polymer opal filmsSpahn, P., Finlayson, C. E., Etah, W. M., Snoswell, D. R. E., Baumberg, J. J. & Hellmann, G. P. 2011 In : Journal of Materials Chemistry.21, 24, p. 8893-88975 p.
A comparative study of the thermal and dynamic mechanical behaviour of quenched and annealed bioresorbable poly-l-lactide/α-tricalcium phosphate nanocompositesWilberforce, S. I. J., Finlayson, C. E., Best, S. M. & Cameron, R. E. 2011 In : Acta Biomaterialia.7, 5, p. 2176-21849 p.
Sequential Energy and Electron Transfer in Polyisocyanopeptide-Based Multichromophoric ArraysHuang, Y-S., Yang, X., Schwartz, E., Lu, L. P., Albert-Seifried, S., Finlayson, C. E., Koepf, M., Kitto, H. J., Ulgut, B., Otten, M. B. J., Cornelissen, J. J. L. M., Nolte, R. J. M., Rowan, A. E. & Friend, R. H. 2011 In : Journal of Physical Chemistry B.115, 7, p. 1590-160011 p.
3D Bulk Ordering in Macroscopic Solid Opaline Films by Edge-Induced Rotational ShearingFinlayson, C. E., Spahn, P., Snoswell, D. R. E., Yates, G., Kontogeorgos, A., Haines, A. I., Hellmann, G. P. & Baumberg, J. J. 2011 In : Advanced Materials.23, 13, p. 1540-15445 p.
Interplay of index contrast with periodicity in polymer photonic crystalsFinlayson, C. E., Haines, A. I., Snoswell, D. R. E., Kontogeorgos, A., Vignolini, S., Baumberg, J. J., Spahn, P. & Hellmann, G. P. 2011 In : Applied Physics Letters.99, 261913
Ordering in stretch-tunable polymeric opal fibersFinlayson, C. E., Goddard, C., Papachristodoulou, E., Snoswell, D. R. E., Kontogeorgos, A., Spahn, P., Hellmann, G. P., Hess, O. & Baumberg, J. J. 2011 In : Optics Express.19, 4, p. 3144-3154
Inducing Symmetry Breaking in Nanostructures: Anisotropic Stretch-Tuning Photonic CrystalsKontogeorgos, A., Snoswell, D. R. E., Finlayson, C. E., Baumberg, J. J., Spahn, P. & Hellmann, G. P. 2010 In : Physical Review Letters.105, 23, 233909
Multichromophoric Phthalocyanine–(Perylenediimide)8 Molecules: A Photophysical StudyAlbert-Seifried, S., Finlayson, C. E., Laquai, F., Friend, R. H., Swager, T. M., Kouwer, P. H. J., Juricek, M., Kitto, H. J., Valster, S., Nolte, R. J. M. & Rowan, A. E. 2010 In : Chemistry - A European Journal.16, 33, p. 10021-100299 p.
Photophysical studies of poly-isocyanopeptide based photovoltaic blendsFinlayson, C. E. & Whitney, A. D. 2010 In : Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics.43, 9, 9 p., ARTN 095501
Macromolecular Scaffolding: The Relationship Between Nanoscale Architecture and Function in Multichromophoric Arrays for Organic ElectronicsPalermo, V., Schwartz, E., Finlayson, C. E., Liscio, A., Otten, M. B. J., Trapani, S., Müllen, K., Beljonne, D., Friend, R. H., Notle, R. J. M., Rowan, A. E. & Samori, P. 2010 In : Advanced Materials.22, 8, p. E81-E88
The Relationship between Nanoscale Architecture and Charge Transport in Conjugated Nanocrystals Bridged by Multichromophoric PolymersDabirian, R., Palermo, V., Liscio, A., Schwartz, E., Otten, M. B. J., Finlayson, C. E., Treossi, E., Friend, R. H., Calestani, G., Muellen, K., Nolte, R. J. M., Rowan, A. E. & Samori, P. 2009 In : Journal of the American Chemical Society.131, 20, p. 7055-70639 p.
“Helter-Skelter-Like” Perylene PolyisocyanopeptidesSchwartz, E., Palermo, V., Finlayson, C. E., Huang, Y-S., Otten, M. B. L., Liscio, A., Trapani, S., Gonzalez-Valls, I., Brocorens, P., Cornelissen, J. J. L. M., Peneva, K., Muellen, K., Spano, F. C., Yartsev, A., Westenhoff, S., Friend, R. H., Beljonne, D., Nolte, R. J. M., Samori, P., Rowan, A. E. & Finlayson, C. E. 2009 In : Chemistry - A European Journal.15, 11, p. 2536-254712 p.
Improved Performance of Perylene-Based Photovoltaic Cells Using Polyisocyanopeptide ArraysFoster, S., Finlayson, C. E., Keivanidis, P. E., Huang, Y., Hwang, I., Friend, R. H., Otten, M. B. J., Lu, L., Schwartz, E., Nolte, R. J. M. & Rowan, A. E. 2009 In : Macromolecules.42, 6, p. 2023-20308 p.
Electronic Transport Properties or Ensembles of Perylene-Substituted Poly-isocyanopeptide ArraysFinlayson, C. E., Friend, R. H., Otten, M. B. J., Schwartz, E., Cornelissen, J. J. L. M., Nolte, R. L. M., Rowan, A. E., Samori, P., Palermo, V., Liscio, A., Peneva, K., Muellen, K., Trapani, S. & Beljonne, D. 2008 In : Advanced Functional Materials.18, 24, p. 3947-39559 p.
Investigation into the phosphorescence of a series of regioisomeric iridium(III) complexesBronstein, H. A., Finlayson, C. E., Kirov, K. R., Friend, R. H. & Williams, C. K. 2008 In : Organometallics.27, 13, p. 2980-298910 p.
Modification of fluorophore photophysics through peptide-driven self-assemblyChannon, K. J., Devlin, G. L., Magennis, S. W., Finlayson, C. E., Tickler, A. K., Silva, C. & MacPhee, C. E. 2008 In : Journal of the American Chemical Society.130, 16, p. 5487-54915 p.
Exciplex emission from electroluminescent ladder-type pentaphenylene oligomers bearing both electron- and hole-accepting substituentsFinlayson, C. E., Kim, J-S., Liddell, M. J., Friend, R. H., Jung, S-H., Grimsdale, A. C. & Muellen, K. 2008 In : Journal of Chemical Physics.128, 4, 10 p., ARTN 044703
Microstructured Optical Fibers as High-pressure Microfluidic ReactorsSazio, P. J. A., Amezcua-Correa, A. & Finlayson, C. E. 2006 In : Science.311, p. 1583-15864 p.