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School of Engineering and Computing Sciences (ECS)


Professor Mike Petty, BSc PhD DSc FInstP FIET

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

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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. Since 2010, Mike has been a member of the Technology Working Group of the Tees Valley Engineering Partnership.

Mike currently heads the Molecular Electronics Research Group and co-directs the University of Durham Centre for Molecular and Nanoscale Electronics. His 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.

Mike has lectured worldwide and published over 300 papers/books/patents in these subjects. He is a partner in a small manufacturing company manufacturing organic thin film deposition equipment - Molecular Photonics.

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 Interests

  • 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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