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Meet the group! Below you will find profiles and contact information for our current members.

Staff

Prof. Franco Cacialli

Prof. Franco Cacialli


Franco works on organic semiconductors and related nanostructures and is a member of both the London Centre for Nanotechnology and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCL. He obtained his PhD from the University of Pisa and later worked in Cambridge on the physics of electroluminescent polymers and related devices. His research has ranged from the set-up of an original chemical vapour deposition method of heavily doped conducting polymers to the study of polymer LEDs and the control of their luminescent properties in optical microcavities. Recent interests include supramolecular architectures for the control of the solid-state properties of organic semiconductors, and high-resolution nanolithography using the scanning near-field optical microscope (SNOM).

E-mail: f.cacialli@ucl.ac.uk

Tel.: +44 (0)20 7679 4467

Dr. Alessandro Minotto

Alessandro is working on the Marvel (Multifunctional Polymer Light-Emitting Diodes with Visible Light Communication) project.

He can be found on level 3 of the LCN or contacted using the details below:

E-mail: a.minotto@ucl.ac.uk

Tel.: +44 (0)20 7679 4116

Dr. Kunping Guo

Kunping Guo

Kunping is working on surface plasmon-enhanced electroluminescence in OLEDs. He obtained his PhD in 2018 from the Shanghai University under the guidance of Prof. Bin Wei. His PhD included a period of time as a visiting student at UC Davis learning doping gradients in polymer layers from Prof. Adam Moule. He comes to London Centre for Nanotechnology as Newton Fellow to work on  high-performance near-infrared OLEDs. When not in the lab, Kunping enjoys  photography, travelling, listening music, cooking and playing badminton.

He can be found on level 3 of the LCN or contacted using the details below:

E-mail: kunping.guo@ucl.ac.uk

Tel.: +44 (0)20 7679 9925

PhD Students

Ioannis Ierides

Ioannis Ierides

Ioannis is working on the characterisation of organic semiconductors for opto-electronic applications. The aim of his PhD project is to develop acceptors and donors with high dielectric constants and apply them to ternary blends, in order to achieve high efficiency solution processed organic photovoltaics. He is also applying electroabsorption spectroscopy to engineer electrode-semiconductor interfaces in perovskite photovoltaics. As part of his PhD he undertakes training as a member of the Centre for Doctoral Training in the Advanced Characterisation of Materials funded by the EPSRC. Prior to his PhD studies Ioannis completed a BSc in Physics and the MRes in Nanomaterials at Imperial College London where he researched solution processed photovoltaics based upon inorganic nanocrystals.

He can be found in room F9 in the Physics and Astronomy Department (UCL) or contacted using the details below:

E-mail: ioannis.ierides.17@ucl.ac.uk

Tel.: +44 (0)20 7679 7390

Completing PhD Students

Giuseppe Carnicella

 

Giuseppe Carnicella

Giuseppe is working on the SYNCHRONICS project, pursuing a PhD degree. His research is mainly focused on the electro-optical characterisation of conjugated polymers and their incorporation in photonic and optoelectronic devices. Prior to his PhD, Giuseppe spent six months in Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy, as research assistant working on laser ultrasonic characterisation of innovative materials for aerospace applications. Giuseppe holds a BSc (2012) and MSc (2014) in Electronics Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy. During his MSc thesis he worked on the fabrication and characterisation of high performance InP optical ring resonators in the Photonic Integration group of the Technical University of Eindhoven, the Netherlands, which sparked his interest in photonics. During his PhD, he aims to fabricate low-cost highly efficient organic devices for light generation (lasers, OLEDs, OLETs).

He can be found in room F9 in the Physics and Astronomy Department (UCL) or contacted using the details below:

E-mail: g.carnicella@ucl.ac.uk

 

Tecla Arcidiacono

Tecla is working on the SYNCHRONICS project. 

She can be found in room F9 in the Physics and Astronomy Department (UCL) or contacted using the details below:

E-mail: t.arcidiacono@ucl.ac.uk

 

Giovanni Francesco Cotella

Giovanni is working on the iSwitch project. 

He can be found in room F9 in the Physics and Astronomy Department (UCL) or contacted using the details below:

E-mail: g.cotella@ucl.ac.uk

 

Alexandros Georgios Rapidis

Alexandros is working on the SYNCHRONICS project and pursues a PhD degree. His research is focused on the optoelectronic characterisation and incorporation of materials in organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). Prior to his PhD, Alexandros spent three years working in Kloé SA in Montpellier, France as an Optics Engineer, in the R&D Department focusing on Direct Laser Lithography. Alexandros holds a BSc degree in Physics from the University of Crete, Greece and an MSc degree from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece in Microelectronics with a specialisation in Integrated Circuits Design. 

He can be found in room F9 in the Physics and Astronomy Department (UCL) or contacted using the details below:

E-mail: a.rapidis@ucl.ac.uk

Early Stage Researchers

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