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Dr Marc Kenneth Etherington, MPhys, PhD, PGCAP, MInstP, MRSC, FHEA

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Vice-Chancellor's Senior Fellow at Northumbria University

Academic Visitor in the Organic Electroactive Materials (OEM) Group

Member of Hatfield College Advisory Board




I'm Marc and I am currently a Vice-Chancellor's Senior Fellow at Northumbria University (and Junior Research Fellow at Hatfield College, Durham University) leading a group researching the photophysical and functional properties of organic semiconductors. I am also an academic visitor in the group of Prof. Andy Monkman continuing our joint work and projects on novel materials that exhibit thermally activated delayed fluorescence. Before my visiting position, I worked in the OEM group Durham from March 2015 as a research associate on two different projects (PHEBE and HyperOLED).

I'm originally from Stockton-on-Tees and as such I am local to the area. I first came to Durham as an undergraduate student in 2007 studying for my MPhys at Grey College. This included a fourth year project under the supervision of Prof. Andy Monkman.

After graduating in 2011 I went up to Cambridge to undertake my PhD in Physics at Clare College under the supervision of Prof. Neil Greenham. The title of my thesis was 'Magnetic field effects on the triplet states in organic semiconductor devices'.

Alongside my membership of Hatfield College SCR I am also a member of the SCRs at University College and Grey College.


  • Level 1 Epiphany Term Laboratory Supervisor (2015 - 2016 and 2016 - 2017)
  • Level 1 Michaelmas Term Laboratory Supervisor (2017 - 2018)
  • Level 3 Michaelmas Term Laboratory Supervisor (2018 - 2019)
  • Level 4 Project Co-supervisor (2017 - 2018 and 2018 - 2019)

Research Groups

Centre for Materials Physics

Research Interests

  • Excited state spectroscopy
  • Organic light-emitting diodes
  • Proton transfer
  • Quinine
  • Thermally-activated delayed fluorescence
  • Charge-transfer states
  • Organic photovoltaics

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2018: Department of Physics Award for Excellence: Awarded for outstanding research in organic light-emitting devices, particularly in the design of efficient fluorescence emitters and the coupling mechanism of thermally-activated delayed fluorescence.
  • 2017: Junior Research Fellowship: Hatfield College

Selected Publications

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Selected Grants

  • 2019: Durham University Research Impact Fund - £6023.50
  • 2019: EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account - £6023.50
  • 2018: Royal Society of Chemistry: Scientific Meetings Grant - £1500