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Dr Chris Groves, BEng PhD FHEA

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Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42495
Room number: E381 (Christopherson)
Director of Centre for Molecular and Nanoscale Electronics in the Centre for Molecular and Nanoscale Electronics

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Chris Groves completed his BEng and PhD degrees in Electronic Engineering and Solid-State Physics respectively at Sheffield University. He subsequently undertook postdoctoral research possitions at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge University and the University of Washington in Seattle prior to joining Durham University in 2009. He is author of more than 30 journal articles, reviews, and book chapters which collectively have been cited more than 1000 times. He has acted as referee for more than numerous high-impact journals, including Science and Nature Materials, as well as national and international grant awarding bodies.


Organic electronic materials are a disruptive technology when compare to their standard, inorganic counterparts. Their potential low cost and scalable manufacture could lead to significantly reduced costs for large-area electronics such as photovoltaics and transistors. Dr Groves research centres around the relationship between the organisation of the organic material (the morphology) and the performance of the eventual device. This involves Monte Carlo simulation of electron trajectories within realistic device settings, as well as developing new measurement techniques centred around 1/f noise to better understand the consequences of complicated transport environments.

Research Interests

  • Unconventional computing
  • Modelling of electronic transport in conducting polymers
  • Organic Electronic devices
  • Photovoltaics
  • 1/f Noise

Teaching Areas

  • Digital Electronics (Level 4/MSc) (33 hours/year.)
  • Electronic Measurement (Level 1) (21 hours/year.)
  • Level 1 Design

Selected Publications

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