On starting the 4-year program, students first take a 12 month MRes programme, the MRes in Plastic Electronic Materials during which they will be taught the physics, chemistry, materials science and device engineering of plastic electronic materials and complete an interdisciplinary research project. They will receive hands-on training in diverse areas including microscopy, printing and processing, device fabrication and molecular modelling. During the PhD, students will pursue their chosen research area in depth, under the guidance of two supervisors from different disciplines, and with continuing participation in advanced courses, and professional skills development.
The course begins in the first term (October-December) with a fixed lecture programme of core courses, which will be followed up in the second term (January-March) with advanced courses and one elective course. Each core lecture module is compulsory and the material covered is examined in January. The core courses, along with the elective courses, address the demand for the breadth of knowledge that we aim to cover.
There are four core compulsory lecture courses in the first term delivered by lecturers from the participating departments at Imperial College.
- Molecular and polymer chemistry (Prof. Iain McCulloch, Prof Martin Heeney, from Chemistry)
- Materials science applied to macromolecular materials (Prof Natalie Stingelin, Dr Sandrine Heutz from Materials)
- Molecular physics, optoelectronic processes and modelling (Prof. Jenny Nelson, Dr Ji-Seon Kim from Physics)
- Device physics and applications of electroactive materials (Dr Alasdair Campbell, Prof Thomas Anthopoulos, Dr Piers Barnes from Physics)
There are two advanced courses ran during the second term, Structural, optical and electrical characterisation of molecular materials and Design and processing of molecular materials.
A distinctive feature of the MRes are the practical workshops, each one often running over several days. These tailored courses are organised in conjunction with, and frequently hosted by industrial partners of the CDT. The courses offered will be confirmed during the year, but are likely to include:
- Design and processing of molecular materials
- Structural, optical and electrical characterisation
- Safety, chemical handling and laboratory techniques
- Imaging and advanced measurement of molecular electronic materials
- Polymer processing
- High volume printing
- Device fabrication
- Molecular modelling