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



Bernardin, G., Davies, N., Finlayson, C. 2017. Spray-coating deposition techniques for polymeric semiconductor blends. Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing 71 pp. 174-180. 10.1016/j.mssp.2017.07.026

Finlayson, C., Baumberg, J.J. 2017. Generating Bulk-Scale Ordered Optical Materials Using Shear-Assembly in Viscoelastic Media. Materials 10 (7) 688


Zhao, Q., Finlayson, C., Schafer, C.G., Spahn, P., Gallei, M., Herrmann, L., Petukhov, A., Baumberg, J.J. 2016. Nanoassembly of Polydisperse Photonic Crystals Based on Binary and Ternary Polymer Opal Alloys. Advanced Optical Materials 4 (10) pp. 1494-1500. 10.1002/adom.201600328 Cadair

Tomes, J., Finlayson, C. 2016. Low cost 3D-printing used in an undergraduate project: an integrating sphere for measurement of photoluminescence quantum yield. European Journal of Physics 37 055501 Cadair

Zhao, 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. Large-scale ordering of nanoparticles using viscoelastic shear processing. Nature Communications 7 11661 10.1038/ncomms11661 Cadair


Snoswell, D.R.E., Finlayson, C., Zhao, Q., Baumberg, J.J. 2015. Real-time measurements of crystallization processes in visco-elastic polymeric photonic crystals. Physical Review E 92 (5) 052315 10.1103/PhysRevE.92.052315 Cadair

Kettner, O., Finlayson, C.E., Friedel, B. 2015. The Potential of P3HT:3C-SiC Composite Structures for Hybrid Photovoltaics. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters 7 (1) pp. 56-61. 10.1166/nnl.2015.1928 Cadair


Lu, L.P., Finlayson, C.E., Friend, R.H. 2014. A study of tin oxide as an election injection layer in hybrid polymer light-emitting diodes. Semiconductor Science and Technology 29 125002 10.1088/0268-1242/29/12/125002 Other Cadair

Noebels, M., Cross, R.E., Evans, D.A., Finlayson, C. 2014. Characterization of spray-coating methods for conjugated polymer blend thin films. Journal of Materials Science 49 (12) pp. 4279-4287. 10.1007/s10853-014-8123-5 Cadair

Wong, H., Mackley, M., Butler, S., Baumberg, J.J., Snoswell, D.R.E., Finlayson, C.E., Zhao, Q. 2014. The rheology and processing of "edge sheared" colloidal polymer opals. Journal of Rheology 58 (2) pp. 397-409. 10.1122/1.4862920 Other Cadair

Lu, L.P., Finlayson, C., Friend, R.H. 2014. Thick polymer light-emitting diodes with very high power efficiency using Ohmic charge-injection layers. Semiconductor Science and Technology 29 (2) 025005 10.1088/0268-1242/29/2/025005 Other Cadair


Finlayson, C., Baumberg, J.J. 2013. Polymer opals as novel photonic materials. Polymer International 62 pp. 1403–1407. 10.1002/pi.4582 Cadair

Lu, 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. 2013. The Influence of Side-Chain Position on the Optoelectronic Properties of a Red-Emitting Conjugated Polymer. Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 214 (9) pp. 967–974. 10.1002/macp.201200681 Cadair

Michaelis, B., Snoswell, D.R.E., Bell, N.A., Spahn, P., Hellmann, G.P., Finlayson, C.E., Baumberg, J.J. 2013. Generating Lithographically-Defined Tunable Printed Structural Color. Advanced Engineering Materials 10.1002/adem.201300089 Cadair


Haines, A.I., Finlayson, C.E., Snoswell, D.R.E., Spahn, P., Hellmann, G.P., Baumberg, J.J. 2012. Anisotropic Resonant Scattering from Polymer Photonic Crystals. Advanced Materials 24 (44) pp. OP305-OP308. 10.1002/adma.201202169 Cadair

Imai, 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. Electrically conductive polymeric photonic crystals. Soft Matter 8 (23) pp. 6280-6290. 10.1039/C2SM06740D Cadair


Snoswell, D.R.E., Creaton, P., Finlayson, C.E., Vincent, B. 2011. Electrically Induced Colloidal Clusters for Generating Shear Mixing and Visualizing Flow in Microchannels. Langmuir 27 (21) pp. 12815-12821. 10.1021/la202279a Cadair

Wilberforce, S.I.J., Finlayson, C.E., Best, S.M., Cameron, R.E. 2011. The influence of the compounding process and testing conditions on the compressive mechanical properties of poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide)/α-tricalcium phosphate nanocomposites. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials 4 (7) pp. 1081-1089. 10.1016/j.jmbbm.2011.03.017 Cadair

Wilberforce, S.I.J., Finlayson, C.E., Best, S.M., Cameron, R.E. 2011. The influence of hydroxyapatite (HA) microparticles (m) and nanoparticles (n) on the thermal and dynamic mechanical properties of poly-L-lactide. Polymer 52 (13) pp. 2883-2890. 10.1016/j.polymer.2011.04.028 Cadair

Finlayson, C.E., Snoswell, D.R.E., Spahn, P., Baumberg, J.J. 2011. Stretching polymer opal fibers tunes structural color. Laser Focus World 47 (6) pp. 43-46. Other Cadair

Spahn, P., Finlayson, C.E., Etah, W.M., Snoswell, D.R.E., Baumberg, J.J., Hellmann, G.P. 2011. Modification of the refractive-index contrast in polymer opal films. Journal of Materials Chemistry 21 (24) pp. 8893-8897. 10.1039/c1jm00063b Cadair

Wilberforce, S.I.J., Finlayson, C.E., Best, S.M., Cameron, R.E. 2011. A comparative study of the thermal and dynamic mechanical behaviour of quenched and annealed bioresorbable poly-l-lactide/α-tricalcium phosphate nanocomposites. Acta Biomaterialia 7 (5) pp. 2176-2184. 10.1016/j.actbio.2011.02.006 Cadair

Huang, Y., 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. Sequential Energy and Electron Transfer in Polyisocyanopeptide-Based Multichromophoric Arrays. Journal of Physical Chemistry B 115 (7) pp. 1590-1600. 10.1021/jp1071605 Cadair

Finlayson, C.E., Spahn, P., Snoswell, D.R.E., Yates, G., Kontogeorgos, A., Haines, A.I., Hellmann, G.P., Baumberg, J.J. 2011. 3D Bulk Ordering in Macroscopic Solid Opaline Films by Edge-Induced Rotational Shearing. Advanced Materials 23 (13) pp. 1540-1544. 10.1002/adma.201003934 Cadair

Finlayson, C.E., Haines, A.I., Snoswell, D.R.E., Kontogeorgos, A., Vignolini, S., Baumberg, J.J., Spahn, P., Hellmann, G.P. 2011. Interplay of index contrast with periodicity in polymer photonic crystals. Applied Physics Letters 99 261913 10.1063/1.3672215 Cadair

Finlayson, C.E., Goddard, C., Papachristodoulou, E., Snoswell, D.R.E., Kontogeorgos, A., Spahn, P., Hellmann, G.P., Hess, O., Baumberg, J.J. 2011. Ordering in stretch-tunable polymeric opal fibers. Optics Express 19 (4) pp. 3144-3154. 10.1364/OE.19.003144 Cadair


Kontogeorgos, A., Snoswell, D.R.E., Finlayson, C.E., Baumberg, J.J., Spahn, P., Hellmann, G.P. 2010. Inducing Symmetry Breaking in Nanostructures: Anisotropic Stretch-Tuning Photonic Crystals. Physical Review Letters 105 (23) 233909 10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.233909 Cadair

Albert-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. Multichromophoric Phthalocyanine–(Perylenediimide)8 Molecules: A Photophysical Study. Chemistry - A European Journal 16 (33) pp. 10021-10029. 10.1002/chem.201000677 Cadair

Finlayson, C.E., Whitney, A.D. 2010. Photophysical studies of poly-isocyanopeptide based photovoltaic blends. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 43 (9) ARTN 095501 10.1088/0022-3727/43/9/095501 Cadair

Palermo, 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. Macromolecular Scaffolding: The Relationship Between Nanoscale Architecture and Function in Multichromophoric Arrays for Organic Electronics. Advanced Materials 22 (8) pp. E81-E88. 10.1002/adma.200903672 Cadair


Dabirian, 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. The Relationship between Nanoscale Architecture and Charge Transport in Conjugated Nanocrystals Bridged by Multichromophoric Polymers. Journal of the American Chemical Society 131 (20) pp. 7055-7063. 10.1021/ja809731e Cadair

Schwartz, E., Palermo, V., Finlayson, C.E., Huang, Y., 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. “Helter-Skelter-Like” Perylene Polyisocyanopeptides. Chemistry - A European Journal 15 (11) pp. 2536-2547. 10.1002/chem.200801746 Cadair

Foster, 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. Improved Performance of Perylene-Based Photovoltaic Cells Using Polyisocyanopeptide Arrays. Macromolecules 42 (6) pp. 2023-2030. 10.1021/ma801959w Cadair


Finlayson, 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. Electronic Transport Properties or Ensembles of Perylene-Substituted Poly-isocyanopeptide Arrays. Advanced Functional Materials 18 (24) pp. 3947-3955. 10.1002/adfm.200800943 Cadair

Bronstein, H.A., Finlayson, C.E., Kirov, K.R., Friend, R.H., Williams, C.K. 2008. Investigation into the phosphorescence of a series of regioisomeric iridium(III) complexes. Organometallics 27 (13) pp. 2980-2989. 10.1021/om800014e Cadair

Channon, K.J., Devlin, G.L., Magennis, S.W., Finlayson, C.E., Tickler, A.K., Silva, C., MacPhee, C.E. 2008. Modification of fluorophore photophysics through peptide-driven self-assembly. Journal of the American Chemical Society 130 (16) pp. 5487-5491. 10.1021/ja710310c Cadair

Finlayson, C.E., Kim, J., Liddell, M.J., Friend, R.H., Jung, S., Grimsdale, A.C., Muellen, K. 2008. Exciplex emission from electroluminescent ladder-type pentaphenylene oligomers bearing both electron- and hole-accepting substituents. Journal of Chemical Physics 128 (4) ARTN 044703 10.1063/1.2813351 Cadair


Sazio, P.J.A., Amezcua-Correa, A., Finlayson, C.E. 2006. Microstructured Optical Fibers as High-pressure Microfluidic Reactors. Science 311 pp. 1583-1586. 10.1126/science.1124281 Cadair