Professor Donal Bradley awarded Jan Czochralski Award

31 October 2019

Professor Donal Bradley, Visiting Professor of Physics and former head of the Mathematical Physical and Life Sciences division at Oxford University, was awarded the European Material Research Society’s Jan Czochralski Gold Medal this year. The award recognises Professor Bradley’s outstanding achievements in the field of advanced materials science and the ceremony took place in September.

The award recognises Professor Bradley’s work in the advancement of soluble semiconductor materials for the display and lighting, electronics, solar energy and photonic device sectors. His research initially focused mainly on conjugated polymers, especially polyphenylenevinylenes and polyfluorenes but has broadened to include a wide range of other molecules, metal oxides and carbon nanostructures, together with organic-inorganic hybrids and solution processed electrode and dielectric materials. This research has addressed fundamental questions, novel physics, spectroscopic characterisation tools, and diverse applications including: the nature of optically excited states; the control of electronic and optical properties through molecular conformation, optical environment and molecular orientation, and; the development of device architectures for enhanced light emission, detection and amplification, solar energy generation and electronics. His work has also been of significant interest to industry, leading to extended collaborations with for example British Petroleum, Merck Chemicals, Dow Chemicals, Sharp Labs of Europe and Sumitomo Chemicals, and to the recruitment of research students, postdocs and research scientists from Professor Bradley’s group to these and many other companies including Universal Display Corporation, DuPont and Samsung.

‘This is a fantastic achievement and much deserved. Donal is an excellent ambassador for physics and we are delighted to have him as part of the faculty here at Oxford,’ adds Ian Shipsey, Head of the Department of Physics at Oxford.