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Durham University

Department of Physics

Staff profile

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

(email at


 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

Department of Physics

Centre for Materials Physics

  • Photonic Sensors and Materials

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2011 Churchill Fellow:
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Manufacturing (FRSA):
  • Member of the Durham Biophysical Sciences Institute:
  • Member of the Durham Energy Institute:
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Open Physical Chemistry Journal:
  • Reviewer for the Georgian Academy of Sciences:

Selected Publications

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Selected Grants

  • 2011: KTP - Peratech (£190489.00 from Peratech Ltd)