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Associate Professor Fernando Dias, PhD

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Lecturer in the Department of Physics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43733
Room number: 231

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Departmental Responsabilities


Fourth year undergraduate course in Optical Devices; Postgraduate course in Optical Spectroscopy; Level 1 Discovery Labs; Level 1 tutorials;Team Project; Level 4 project supervision.

PhD supervision: Rongjuan Huang and Piotr Pander.


Chair of the Health & Safety Committee; International Coordinator (Physics); Exchange Coordinator (Physics).

Research Interests

My research is broadly focused on the area of spectroscopy and photophysics of organic molecules for optoelectronic and photonic applications, focusing in particular on NIR emitters; room-temperature phosphorescence, termally activated delayed fluorescence, and energy transfer.

Research Groups

Centre for Materials Physics

Department of Physics

Selected Publications

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Selected Grants

  • 2018: OCTA: Organic Charge Transfer Applications (£187500.00 from Interreg (ERDF) Europe)
  • 2018: RF040570: Hyper Luminescence OLEDS using Solution Processed TADF Polymers as Energy Funelling Pathways,The Royal Society, £12000, 2018-03-31 - 2020-03-30
  • 2018: RF040592: Dinuclear Metal Complexes for Near-Infrared Organic Light Emitting Diodes, EPSRC, £756058, 2018-12-01_2021-11-01
  • 2017: Overcoming the Energy Gap Law to Develop Efficient NIR OLED Emitters (£44451.11 from Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology)
  • 2017: Tailoring of Triplet Excited States for the Development of Organic Sensor Materials (£75522.89 from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd)
  • 2015: EXCILIGHT: Donor-Acceptor light emitting exciplexes as OLED lighting (£369841.88 from European Commission)
  • 2015: Tailoring of triplet excited states for the development of organic sensor materials (£69606.28 from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd)
  • 2011: Charge Transfer States in D-A Excitonic Solar Cells: Photophysical Characterization and Loss Mechanisms for Charge Generation (£101401.31 from Epsrc)

International Collaboration

  • Pro. J. C. Lima, New University of Lisbon
  • Prof. Mario Berberan-Santos, IST-University of Lisbon
  • Ana Charas, Institute of Telecommunications (IST), Portugal
  • Dr. Tom Penfold, Newcastle University, UK
  • Dr. Valery Kozhevnikov, Northumbria University, UK
  • Prof. Martin Bryce, Durham University, UK

Teaching Areas

  • Level 1 Labs, Supervisor

    (18 hours/year.)
  • Optical Spectroscopy (PhD, postgraduate course)

    (8 hours/year.)
  • Research project, Supervisor.

    (60 hours/year.)
  • Level 2 Electronics-Labs (18 hours/year.)
  • Optical Devices (4th year), Lecturer (13 hours/year.)