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School of Engineering and Computing Sciences (ECS)

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Professor Mike Petty, BSc PhD DSc FInstP FIET

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42419
Room number: E498 (Christopherson)

(email at m.c.petty@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

Michael Petty's higher education was at Sussex University (BSc and DSc) and Imperial College (PhD Electronic Materials.) He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Mike has been at Durham University since 1976 progressing to Professor in 1994 then Chairman of the School of Engineering in 1997. He was the Chairman of St Mary's College Council from 2002 until 2009 and was the Sir James Knott Foundation Fellow in 2001.

Mike's research group has established an international reputation in the area of ultra-thin and nano-scale organic films and the exploitation of their optical, electro-optical and biological properties. HIs current interests include the development of molecular and nanoscale materials for unconventional computing applications. Mike has lectured worldwide and published over 300 papers/books/patents in these subjects.

He was the UK editor of the journal Materials Science and Engineering C until 2007 and a was a founding Board Member of the Institute of Nanotechnology. Mike was also formerly President of the International Society for Molecular Electronics and BioComputing. He was also a non-Executive Director of the North East Regional Centre of Excellence for Nanotechnology, Micro & Photonic Systems (Cenamps) until 2007.

Professor Petty was appointed in 2000 by the MoD to advise on Nanotechnology and was a Member of the Office of Science & Technology Advisory Group on Nanotechnology Applications that reported to Lord Sainsbury in June 2002.

Research Groups

Research Interests

  • Evolutionary computing
  • Gas and ion sensors
  • Molecular electronics
  • Nanoelectronics
  • Organic thin films

Selected Publications

Books: authored

Books: edited

Conference papers

Journal papers: academic

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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Industry: Chemicals, plastics, oil & gas: molecular electronics
  • Industry: Chemicals, plastics, oil & gas: nanoelectronics
  • Engineering: Electronics: molecular electronics
  • Engineering: Electronics: nanoelectronics
  • Computers: Organic electronics - the use of organic materials in electronic devices. Perhaps the best known example is the liquid crystal display but future applications might include plastic transitors, organic solid state lighting, identification tags and chemicha
  • Engineering: Electronics: Organic electronics - the use of organic materials in electronic devices. Perhaps the best known example is the liquid crystal display but future applications might include plastic transitors, organic solid state lighting, identification tags and chemicha
  • Electronics: Organic electronics - the use of organic materials in electronic devices. Perhaps the best known example is the liquid crystal display but future applications might include plastic transitors, organic solid state lighting, identification tags and chemicha

Selected Grants

  • 2012: NAnoSCale Engineering for Novel Computation (£298453.33 from European Commission)

Supervises