Centre for Plastic Electronics (CPE)

The Centre for Plastic Electronics, based at Imperial College London, brings together researchers and students from different research groups, departments and faculties to promote interdisciplinary research activity into printable electronic materials and devices.

The CPE comprises 30 research groups across the departments of Chemistry, Physics, Materials, Chemical Engineering, and Bioengineering. Our core capabilities are: inorganic and organic materials synthesis; modelling and design of molecules, materials and devices; characterisation; processing and devices. These core capabilities are applied to a wide range of research themes based around Communication, Photonics and Energy. The CPE has a variety of strategic collaborations with research centres all over the world, including GIST (South Korea), Nanjing Technical University (China), Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry (Chinese Academy of Sciences), and Hong Kong Baptist University.

 Industry sponsors of the Centre and PhD projects are eligible to become CPE Affiliates. This industry club provides sponsors with a range of benefits, including free access to CPE symposia and events, networking opportunities with CPE staff and students, the opportunity to request recruitment events, and the quarterly CPE Newsletter. Please get in touch with the CPE Programme Manager, Dr Steph Pendlebury (s.pendlebury@imperial.ac.uk) for further information.

The CPE also incorporates the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Plastic Electronics, a joint venture with Oxford University and Queen Mary University of London. This CDT was launched in 2009 and has received over £11 million of funding to date. The 1+3 MRes+PhD programme is a unique multidisciplinary course, encompassing lectures and practical skills modules on molecular physics & optoelectronic processes; polymer chemistry; macromolecular materials science; and device physics. Over 100 MRes and 90 PhD students have graduated to date. Around 10 fully-funded PE-CDT places are available each year, in addition to self-funded and MRes places. Please get in touch with Ms Lisa Cheung (lisa.cheung@imperial.ac.uk) for more details.”

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