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School of Engineering and Computing Sciences (ECS)


Dr Chris Groves, BEng PhD FHEA

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Senior Lecturer and International Coordinator in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42495
Room number: E381 (Christopherson)

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Chris Groves graduated with a 1st class honours degree in Electronic Engineering from Sheffield University in 2001. Thereafter he undertook a PhD in avalanche photodiodes at the same University which was sponsored by Bookham Technologies (formerly Marconi). After a short period of teaching, he changed research field to organic electronics, specifically photovoltaics, by undertaking postdoctoral positions at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge University working on computational modeling, and then at the Department of Chemistry in the University of Washington, Seattle working on scanning probe measurements. He took up a post as Lecturer at Durham University in 2009 and became senior lecturer in 2013. 


Organic materials offer the opportunity to dramatically reduce the cost of electronic devices because the active materials can be printed, much like a newspaper. One of the most important applications of this technology is in gathering solar energy through photovoltaics. Although organic photovoltaics are improving rapidly, it is still relatively difficult to understand why one set of devices work whilst others do not. Dr Groves uses modelling and experimental techniques to improve this understanding. In particular he concentrates his efforts on understanding the links between the structure of a solar cell and its performance using Monte Carlo charge transport models. Dr Groves is author of more than 30 journal articles and conference proceedings in addition to gaining over £250,000 in research funding as principle investigator, including funding from the EPSRC and Royal Society.

He also acts/has acted as a referee for a number of publishers:

  • The American Chemical Society (Journal of the American Chemical Society, Journal of Physical Chemistry B&C, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters)
  • The American Institute of Physics (Journal of Applied Physics, Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Chemical Physics)
  • The American Physical Society (Physical Review Letters, Physical Review B)
  • Elsevier (Organic Electronics, Thin Solid Films)
  • IEEE (Journal of Selected topics in Quantum Electronics)
  • The Institute of Physics (Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics)
  • Materials Research Society (Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology)
  • Nature Materials (Nature Publishing Group)
  • The Optical Socety (Optics Express)
  • The Royal Society of Chemistry (Journal of Materials Chemistry, Energy & Environmental Science)
  • Science
  • Springer (Applied Physics A)
  • Wiley (Advanced Energy Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Small)
  • well as national and international grant awarding bodies.


International Collaboration

  • Prof David Ginger, University of Washington
  • Dr Jan Anton Koster, University of Groningen
  • Dr Chris McNeill, Monash University

Indicators of Esteem

Research Groups

Research Interests

  • Modelling of electronic transport in conducting polymers
  • Organic Electronic devices
  • Organic and Inorganic photodetectors
  • Measurement of noise in semiconductor devices

Teaching Areas

  • Digital Electonics III - VHDL and digital system design (42 hours/year.)
  • Environmental Engineering and Renewable Energy (3 hours/year.)
  • L1 Circuits and Systems (40 hours/year.)
  • L1 Computing labs
  • L1 Design
  • L2 project week
  • L4 Photonics (10 hours/year.)

Selected Publications

Articles: magazine

Articles: review

Books: sections

Journal papers: academic

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