News from OMEC

Athena Swan Support

Dr. Marion Wrackmeyer is working with Professor Michael Turner and has been awarded financial support by the School, mediated by the School’s Athena SWAN Committee. The support will help pay for the conference fee to the Spring Materials Research Society Conference in San Francisco from 6-10 April 2015, where she will be giving an oral presentation.  Congratulations Marion and good luck on your presentation.

Fellowship

Congratulations to Dr. Barada Dash who was recently awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship. He obtained his Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University, USA and is currently faculty at ITER, SOA University, Bhubaneswar, India.  He was also a visiting fellow at OMIC last year working with Professor Michael Turner. This Marie Curie Fellowship will enable him to continue to work in the frontiers of conjugated materials.

Award

Dr Sheida Faraji was awarded the best poster prize during the Innovations in Large-Area Electronics Conference (innoLAE) 2015 organised by EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Large-Area Electronics.  Congratulations Sheida.

PhD Studentship: Biosensors Based on Organic Field Effect Transistors

University of Manchester and
Cambridge Display Technology

Applications are invited for a 3.5 year PhD studentship in the Schools of Chemistry and Medicine at the University of Manchester. This studentship offers an exciting opportunity to work at the interface between organic electronics and clinical medicine in collaboration with Cambridge Display Technology Ltd. (www.cdtltd.co.uk), the leading developer of technologies based on polymeric light emitting diodes. It is jointly supervised by Professor M.L. Turner and Dr M. Webb at the University of Manchester and will examine the use of Organic Field Effect Transistors (OFETs) as effective signal transducers for the detection of biomarkers of disease. It will involve the design, fabrication and testing of OFET devices that demonstrate sensitive and selective detection of biomarkers of disease.

Candidates should have a first or upper-second class honours degree in Chemistry, Chemical Physics, Physics or Electronic Engineering and an enthusiastic approach to interdisciplinary research. An understanding of the principles of operation of organic electronic devices is essential, knowledge of biosensing would be advantageous.

The position is available to UK and EU nationals only and is available for a 2015 start.

For more information and informal inquiries please contact Professor M.L. Turner: Michael.turner@manchester.ac.uk

Please submit a cover letter and CV with your application. The cover letter must contain a short paragraph covering your research interests and your motivation for the project.

Deadline for application: 1/12/14

Prize Awarded to Group Postgraduate

Ian Ingram recently won a prize for his poster “Materials and processes towards fabrication of In-Plane-Gate Field-Effect transistors (IPG-FETs) and planar diodes from polymer semiconductors” at the RSC Macro Group Young Reseachers Meeting in Liverpool (11-12th July). Around 90 posters were displayed at the event and three prizes awarded.

New Research Group Members

Two new post-doctoral research associates have joined the Research Group of Professor Mike Turner

Dr Ming-Tsz Chen is working as part of the Organic Materials of Innovation Centre focusing on graphene.

Dr Marion Wrackmeyer is working as part of the Organic Materials of Innovation Centre focusing on the synthesis of functional polymers for the application in OFET sensors devices.

Recent work

Recent work on the synthesis, properties and transistor performance of cyclopentadithiophene based polymers has appeared in Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2010, 20, 4347.

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