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

Dr Chris Finlayson


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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.



  • 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.

Research Groups


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
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