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Dr Marek Szablewski, BSc (App. Chem.), MPhil, PhD (Molecular Electronics), PGCert, MRSC, CChem, MInstP, CPhys, FHEA, FRSA

Lecturer in the Department of Physics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43686
Room number: 155
Section Secretary in the Centre for Materials Physics

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 I) Responsibilities within University

Member of Durham University Senate and Academic Electoral Assembly Standing committee, Vice-President of Durham UCU, tutor at St. Chad's College. Member of Durham University Mediation Service Steering Committee.

 II) Responsibilities within department

Chair of Teaching Laboratories Committee

Member of Facilities Committee

Member of Education Committee

Member of Admissions team

 III) Teaching activity

PhD supervisor, Lecturer of Level One electromagnetism course (magnetism), MSci Project supervisor.

Research Interests

  I) High dipole organic chromophores and polymers for nonlinear optics and telecomms applications.

Electro-optic effects in organic materials can be larger and show faster responses than those of inorganic materials. Our work targets new molecules and polymers that should bring high bandwidth and low drive voltage modulators and switches into wide deployment in the metro, as well as long haul, telecoms network.

  II) Electrical and Physical properties of metal polymer composite systems

In conjunction with Peratech Limited. Including preparation of metal nanoparticles, with particular reference to controlling the morphology of the nanoparticles. The synthesis of inorganic nanoparticles for PV applications.

  III) Magnetic properties of organic electron acceptor - metallic  materials

  IV) Environmentally sensitive luminescence of organic fluorophores.

  V) The use of organic acceptor chromophores in OLEDS and organic PV systems

Research Groups

Centre for Materials Physics

  • Photonic Sensors and Materials

Department of Physics

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  • Berlie, Adam, Terry, Ian & Szablewski, Marek (2018). A 3D antiferromagnetic ground state in a quasi-1D π-stacked charge-transfer system. Journal of Materials Chemistry C 6(46): 12468-12472.
  • Berlie, A., Terry, I., Cottrell, S., Pratt, F.L. & Szablewski, M. (2017). Magnetic ordering of defects in a molecular spin-Peierls system. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 29(2): 025809.
  • Ushasree, P.M. & Szablewski, M. (2016). An Investigation into the Role of Capping on Second Harmonic Generation from Nonlinear Organic Polymer and Guest-Host Thin Films by In-Situ Poling. Optics and Photonics Journal 6(5): 101-111.
  • Berlie, A., Terry, I., Liu, Y. & Szablewski, M. (2016). Dipolar Glass and Strong Magneto-Electric Coupling Within a π-stacked Organic system. Journal of Materials Chemistry C 4: 6090-6095.
  • Berlie, A., Terry, I., Szablewski, M. & Giblin, S.R. (2016). Tuneability and criticality in a three-dimensional stacked molecular system. Physical Review B 93(5): 054422.
  • Dempsey, Sarah, Szablewski, Marek, Bloor, David & Atkinson, Del (2015). Printable, Transparent Force Sensing Resistive Materials for Touchscreen Applications. Key Engineering Materials 644: 120-124.
  • Berlie, A., Terry, I., Szablewski, M. & Giblin, S.R. (2015). Separating the ferromagnetic and glassy behavior within the metal-organic magnet Ni(TCNQ)2. Physical Review B 92(18): 184431.
  • Dempsey, Sarah J, Szablewski, Marek & Atkinson, Del (2015). Tactile sensing in human–computer interfaces: The inclusion of pressure sensitivity as a third dimension of user input. Sensors and Actuators A: Physical 232: 229-250.
  • Webb, Alexander J., Bloor, David., Szablewski, Marek. & Atkinson, Del. (2014). Temperature Dependence of Electrical Transport in a Pressure-Sensitive Nanocomposite. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 6(15): 12573-12580.
  • Szablewski, M., Fox, M.A., Dias, F.B., Namih, H., Snedden, E.W., King, S.M., Dai, D.C. & Pålsson, L.O. (2014). Ultrafast Dynamics and Computational Studies on Diaminodicyanoquinodimethanes (DADQs). The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 118(24): 6815-6828.
  • Berlie, A., Terry, I. & Szablewski, M. (2013). A Magnetic Study of Low Moment Nickel Clusters Formed from the Solid-State Decomposition Reaction of Nickel bis-1,5-Cyclooctadiene. Journal of Cluster Science 24(4): 1057-1066.
  • Webb, Alexander J., Szablewski, Marek, Bloor, David, Atkinson, Del, Graham, Adam, Laughlin, Paul & Lussey, David (2013). A multi-component nanocomposite screen-printed ink with non-linear touch sensitive electrical conductivity. Nanotechnology 24(16): 165501.
  • Berlie, A., Terry, I. , Giblin, S., Lancaster, T. & Szablewski, M. (2013). A muon spin relaxation study of the metal-organic magnet Ni(TCNQ)2. Journal of Applied Physics 113(17): 17E304.
  • Berlie, A., Terry, I. & Szablewski, M. (2013). Controlling nickel nanoparticle size in an organic/metal-organic matrix through the use of different solvents. Nanoscale 5(24): 12212-12223.
  • Mendis, Budhika G. , Bishop, Sarah J. , Groves, Chris , Szablewski, Marek , Berlie, Adam & Halliday, Douglas P. (2013). Plasmon-loss imaging of polymer-methanofullerene bulk heterojunction solar cells. Applied Physics Letters 102(25): 253301.
  • Nolan,S.J., Szablewski,M., McComb, T.J.L. & Hughes,I.G. (2013). Using Interactive Screen Experiments as Pre-Laboratory Tasks to Enhance Student Learning. New Directions 9(1): 24.
  • Berlie, Adam, Terry, Ian & Szablewski, Marek (2011). A sample holder for measuring the magnetic properties of air-sensitive compounds. Measurement Science & Technology 22(1): 017002
  • Tan, Osbert, Clark, S.J., Szablewski, M. & Cross, G.H. (2010). Understanding the optical spectroscopy of amphiphilic molecular rectifiers: A density functional approach. Journal of Chemical Physics 133(24): 244702.
  • Campo, J, Wenseleers, W, Goovaerts, E, Szablewski, M & Cross, GH (2008). Accurate determination and modeling of the dispersion of the first hyperpolarizability of an efficient zwitterionic nonlinear optical chromophore by tunable wavelength hyper-Rayleigh scattering. Journal Of Physical Chemistry C 112(1): 287-296.
  • Palsson, L.O., Vaughan, H.L., Smith, A., Szablewski, M., Cross, G.H., Roberts, T., Masutani, A., Yasuda, A., Beeby, A. & Bloor, D. (2006). Guest-host interactions between dichroic dyes and anisotropic hosts. Journal of luminescence 117(1): 113-122.
  • Szablewski, M., Bloor, D., Kagawa, Y., Mosurkal, R., Cole, J.M., Clark, S.J., Cross, G.H. & Palsson, L.O. (2006). Matrix dependence of blue light emission from a novel NH2-functionalized dicyanoquinodimethane derivative. Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry 19(3): 206-213.
  • Beaudin, A. M. R., Song, N. H. Bai, Y. W. Men, L. Q. Gao, H. P. Wang, Z. Y., Szablewski, M., Cross, G. H., Wenseleers, W., Campo, J. & Goovaerts, E. (2006). Synthesis and properties of zwitterionic nonlinear optical chromophores with large hyperpolarizability for poled polymer applications. Chemistry of Materials 18(5): 1079-1084.
  • Bowes, KF, Cole, JM & Szablewski, M (2005). 2,3,5-trichloro-6-(4-methylpiperidin-1-yl)-1,4-benzoquinone: a synchrotron study. Acta Crystallographica Section E-structure Reports Online 61: O696-O698.
  • Cross, G. H., Hackman, N. A., Thomas, P. R., Szablewski, M., Pålsson, L.-O. & Bloor, D. (2003). Local field and aggregation dependence of the micro- and macroscopic optical non-linearity of zwitterionic molecules. Optical Materials 21(1-3): 29-37.
  • Palsson, L-O., Szablewski, M., Roberts, A., Masutani, A., Love, G. D., Cross, G. H., Bloor, D., Kay, A. J., Woolhouse, A. D., Masutani, A. & Yasuda, A. (2003). Orientation and solvatochromism of dyes in liquid crystals. Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals 402(1): 279-289.
  • Cole, J. M., Copley, R. C. B., McIntyre, G. J., Howard, J. A. K., Szablewski, M. & Cross, G. H. (2002). Charge-density study of the nonlinear optical precursor DED-TCNQ at 20 K. Physical Review B 65(12): 125107.
  • Xu, T., Morris, T. A., Szulczewski, G. J., Metzger, R. M. & Szablewski, M. (2002). Current-voltage characteristics of an Lb monolayer of didecylammonium tricyanoquinodimethanide measured between macroscopic gold electrodes. Journal of Materials Chemistry 12: 3167-3171.
  • Chyla, A, Lewandowska, A, Soloducho, J, Gorecka-Drzazga, A & Szablewski, M (2001). 4-t-butyl-CuPc-PODT molecular composite material for an effective gas sensor. Ieee Transactions On Dielectrics And Electrical Insulation 8(3): 559-565.
  • Bloor, D., Kagawa, Y., Szablewski, M., Ravi, M., Clark, S. J., Cross, G. H., Palsson, L-O., Beeby, A., Parmer, C. & Rumbles, G. (2001). Matrix dependence of light emission from TCNQ adducts. Journal of Materials Chemistry 11(12): 3053-3062.
  • Hackman, NA, Bloor, D, Cross, GH, Ravi, M, Szablewski, M, Ledoux-Rak, I, Deveau, S & Zyss, J (2000). Alignment and aggregation studies of highly dipolar TCNQ adducts in guest-host systems. Linear, Nonlinear, And Power-limiting Organics 4106: 154-164.
  • Hoofman, RJOM, Siebbeles, LDA, de Haas, MP, Szablewski, M & Bloor, D (1999). Charge carrier dynamics in para-toluene sulphonate polydiacetylene crystals. Synthetic Metals 102(1-3): 1417-1418.
  • Ravi M, Szablewski M, Hackman NA, Cross GH, Bloor D, Goeta AE & Howard JAK (1999). Crystal Structures Of Amino Substituted Dicyanoquinodimethanes With Potential Nonlinear Optical Applications. New Journal Of Chemistry 23: 841-844.
  • Cornil, J, Vanderdonckt, S, Lazzaroni, R, dos Santos, DA, Thys, G, Geise, HJ, Yu, LM, Szablewski, M, Bloor, D, Logdlund, M, Salaneck, WR, Gruhn, NE, Lichtenberger, DL, Lee, PA, Armstrong, NR & Bredas, JL (1999). Valence electronic structure of pi-conjugated materials: Simulation of the ultraviolet photoelectron spectra with semiempirical Hartree-Fock approaches. Chemistry Of Materials 11(9): 2436-2443.
  • Szablewski, M., Thomas, P.R., Thornton, A., Bloor, D., Cross, G.H., Cole, J.M., Howard, J.A.K., Malagoli, M., Meyers, F., Bredas, J.L., Wenseleers, W. & Goovaerts, E. (1997). Highly dipolar, optically nonlinear adducts of tetracyano-p-quinodimethane: Synthesis, physical characterization, and theoretical aspects. Journal Of The American Chemical Society 119(13): 3144-3154.
  • Cross GH, Healy D, Szablewski M, Bloor D, Malagoli M, Kogej T, Beljonne D & Bredas JL (1997). Highly Polar Chromophores In Poled Polymer Films Characterised By Second Harmonic Generation. Chemical Physics Letters 268: 36-42.
  • Thornton, A., Bloor, D., Cross, G.H. & Szablewski, M. (1997). Novel Functionalized Poly(amido Amine) (pamam) Dendrimers: Synthesis And Physical Properties. Macromolecules 30(24): 7600-7603.
  • Cole JC, Cole JM, Cross GH, Farsari M, Howard JAK & Szablewski M (1997). Structural Studies Of A Series Of Organic Non-linear Optical Materials. Acta Crystallographica Section B-structural Science 53: 812-821.
  • Cole JC, Howard JAK, Cross GH & Szablewski M (1995). (z)-(4-[1-cyano-3-(diethyliminio)-1- Propenyl]phenyl)dicyanomethanide, A Novel Blue Window Zwitterionic Molecule For Nonlinear Optics. Acta Crystallographica Section C-crystal Structure Communications 51: 715-718.
  • Cross GH & Szablewski M (1994). High Dipole Blue Window Chromophore For Frequency-doubling. Abstracts Of Papers Of The American Chemical Society 208: 254-POLY.
  • Szablewski, M. (1994). Novel Reactions Of TCNQ - Formation Of Zwitterions For Nonlinear Optics By Reaction With Enamines. Journal Of Organic Chemistry 59(5): 954-956.
  • Ashwell GJ, Dawnay EJC, Kuczynski AP, Szablewski M, Sandy IM, Bryce MR, Grainger AM & Hasan M (1990). Langmuir-blodgett Alignment Of Zwitterionic Optically Nonlinear D-pi-a Materials. Journal Of The Chemical Society-faraday Transactions 86: 1117-1121.
  • Ashwell GJ, Sambles JR, Martin AS, Parker WG & Szablewski M (1990). Rectifying Characteristics Of Mg/(c16h33-q3cnq Lb Film)/pt Structures. Journal Of The Chemical Society-chemical Communications 1374-1376.
  • Bryce MR, Davies SR, Hasan M, Ashwell GJ, Szablewski M, Drew MGB, Short R & Hursthouse MB (1989). Preparation And Magnetic-properties Of A Range Of Metal And Organic Cation Salts Of 2,3-dicyano-1,4-naphthoquinone (dcnq) - X-ray Crystal-structure Of (methyltriphenylphosphonium)1 (DCNQ)1 (H2)1 And 2-dicyanomethylene-indan-1,3-dione (DCID) - The Rearran. Journal Of The Chemical Society-perkin Transactions 2 1285-1292.
  • Bryce MR, Davies SR, Hasan M, Ashwell GJ & Szablewski M (1988). Solid-state Characterization Of Charge-transfer Salts Of 2,3- Dicyanonaphthoquinone (dcnq). Synthetic Metals 27: B321-B326.

Conference Paper

  • Webb, A.J., Dempsey, S.J., Bloor, D., Graham, A., Laughlin, P., Lussey, D., Szablewski, M. & Atkinson, D. (2013), A novel screen-printed multi-component nanocomposite ink with a pressure sensitive electrical resistance functionality, Proceedings of IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology (IEEE NANO) IEEE-NANO 2013: 2013 13th IEEE International Conference on Nanotechnology (IEEE-NANO 2013). Beijing, IEEE, Beijing, 671-674
  • Webb, A.J., Bloor, D., Szablewski, M. & Atkinson, D. (2013), Temperature dependence of non-linear electrical conduction behavior in a screen-printed multi-component nanocomposite, Proceedings of IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology (IEEE-NANO) IEEE-NANO 2013: 2013 13th IEEE International Conference on Nanotechnology (IEEE-NANO 2013). Beijing, IEEE, Beijing, 1115-1118.
  • Dempsey, S.J., Webb, A.J., Graham, A., Bloor, D., Atkinson, D. & Szablewski, M. (2013), Vapor sensing properties of a conductive polymer composite containing Nickel particles with nano-scale surface features, Proceedings of IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology (IEEE NANO) IEEE-NANO 2013: 2013 13th IEEE International Conference on Nanotechnology (IEEE-NANO). Beijing, IEEE, Beijing, 665-670.
  • Cross, Graham H., Bloor, David, Axon, Tony L., Farsari, & Maria, Gray, David, Healy, David, Swann, M. and Szablewski, M. (1994), High-dipole, high-beta molecules with blue window transparency, Proc. SPIE Vol. 2285, p. 11-16, Nonlinear Optical Properties of Organic Materials VII, Gustaaf R. Moehlmann; Ed 2285: 11-16.

Conference Proceeding

  • Healy, D, Thomas, PR, Szablewski, M & Cross, GH (1995). Molecular mu beta figure-of-merit studies of solid solutions. Nonlinear Optical Properties of Organic Materials VIII, San Diego CA, SPIE.

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