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Professor Chris Groves, BEng PhD FHEA

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Professor in the Department of Engineering
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42495
Room number: E381 (Christopherson)
Director of Centre for Molecular and Nanoscale Electronics in the Centre for Molecular and Nanoscale Electronics

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Dr Groves' research centres on the exploitation of new materials for energy generation and unconventional computing. This involves the development of simulation models to link the stucture of organic materials to the performance of devices, new experimental techniques such as 1/f noise spectroscopy, and engineering better performance via additive manufacture. He has published more than 40 papers, book chapters, and review articles that have been cited more than 2000 times. He is Institution Director for the North East Centre for Energy Materials and the EPSRC Centre for Renewable Energy Northeast Universities (ReNU), as well as an Editor for the Springer Nature Journal, Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics.

Research Groups

Department of Engineering

Research Interests

  • Unconventional computing
  • Modelling of electronic transport in conducting polymers
  • Organic Electronic devices
  • Photovoltaics

Indicators of Esteem

Selected Publications

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Selected Grants

  • 2018: Rutherford Strategic Partner Grant (£9250.00 from )
  • 2017: NECEM (£62266.64 from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
  • 2012: Fixing the odds: Measuring electrical randomness to improve mobility in organic materials (£99787.54 from Epsrc)
  • 2012: Predicting the odds: Using electrical noise to measure and predict failure modes in organic electrol devices (£10764.00 from Epsrc)
  • 2010: Mapping nano-scale charge transport in materials for low-cost photovoltaics (£2195.00 from )

International Collaboration

  • Dr David Huang, University of Adelaide
  • Prof David Ginger, University of Washington
  • Dr Jan Anton Koster, University of Groningen
  • Dr Chris McNeill, Monash University
  • Dr Karin Zojer, Technical University of Graz

Teaching Areas

  • ENGI 1161 - Analogue Electronics (15 hours/year.)
  • ENGI2181 - Sensors and Actuators (10 hours/year.)
  • L1 Design (5 hours/year.)