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

Dr Chris Finlayson


Department of Physics

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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


Rosetta, G, An, T, Zhao, Q, Baumberg, JJ, Tomes, JJ, Gunn, M & Finlayson, C 2020, 'Chromaticity of structural color in polymer thin film photonic crystals', Optics Express, vol. 28, no. 24, 410338, pp. 36219-36228. https://doi.org/10.1364/OE.410338
Rosetta, G, Butters, M, Tomes, JJ, Little, J, Gunn, MD & Finlayson, CE 2020, Quantifying the saturation of structural color from thin film polymeric photonic crystals. in A Adibi, S-Y Lin & A Scherer (eds), Photonic and Phononic Properties of Engineered Nanostructures X., 112890B, Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, vol. 11289, SPIE, Photonic and Phononic Properties of Engineered Nanostructures X 2020, San Francisco, United States of America, 03 Feb 2020. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2544198
Dong, X, Wu, P, Schaefer, CG, Zhang, L, Finlayson, C & Wang, C 2018, 'Solvatochromism based on structural color: Smart polymer composites for sensing and security', Materials and Design, vol. 160, pp. 417-426. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matdes.2018.09.026
Finlayson, C & Baumberg, JJ 2017, 'Generating Bulk-Scale Ordered Optical Materials Using Shear-Assembly in Viscoelastic Media', Materials, vol. 10, no. 7, 688. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma10070688
Fuller, CA & Finlayson, C 2017, 'Solvatochromism in Perylene Diimides; Experiment and Theory', Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, vol. 19, pp. 31781-31787. https://doi.org/10.1039/C7CP05039A
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