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

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 Durham University Research Staff Association (DURSA)

Member of Hatfield College Advisory Board



Office: PH243

Tel.: +44 (0) 191 33 43590

I'm Marc and I joined the OEM group 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 and a member of the College Advisory Board (CAB). In the 2017/2018 academic year I presented on the topic of fluorescence in everyday materials particularly quinine and other medicinal molecules.

I was a supervisor in the Epiphany term long experiments for first year undergraduates for the academic years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, then supervisor in the Michaelmas term experiments in 2017-2018. I then moved to supervise the Level 3 Laboratory projects in Michaelmas term of 2018-2019.

I have also co-supervised Level 4 projects in the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 academic years.

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