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Dr Marc Kenneth Etherington, MPhys, PhD, MInstP, AMRSC

Member of the Department of Physics

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Research Associate in the Centre for Material Physics

Member of the Diversity and Equality Committee (DEC)

Co-chair of the Research Staff Consultative Committee (RSCC)

Science Faculty Representative on the Research Staff Association



Office: PH243

Tel.: +44 (0) 191 33 43590

I'm Marc and I joined the OEM group here in Durham in March 2015. 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'.

On my return to Durham I worked as a research associate on the PHEBE project to investigate potential thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) emitters for organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). This was in collaboration with Novaled, Astron Fiamm, TU Dresden, Kaunus University of Technology and Intelligentsia Consultants. This project completed in July 2018.

I am now working as a research associate on the HyperOLED project, in collaboration with Merck, Microoled, Fraunhofer IOF and Intelligenstia Consultants, where I am looking into new emitter and host materials for use in hyperfluorescence OLEDs that will help push the boundaries of device efficiency.

I am currently a Junior Research Fellow at Hatfield College. In the 2017/2018 academic year I presented on the topic of fluorescence in everyday materials particularly quinine and other medicinal molecules.

I am a supervisor in the Epiphany term long experiments for first year undergraduates.

I am also a member of University College, Grey College and Hatfield College SCRs and in my spare time I like to take part in triathlons.


  • Level 1 Epiphany Term Laboratory Supervisor

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

Selected Publications

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Selected Grants

  • 2018: Royal Society of Chemistry: Scientific Meetings Grant - £1500