Dr Shih-Chun promoted to position of Associate Professor

COPE would like to congratulate Shih-Chun (Lawrence) for his recent promotion to the position of Associate Professor.

Molecular dynamics simulations turn morphology understanding on its head

Low donor content solar cells utilising a fullerene acceptor are interesting as they have remarkably high open circuit voltages and reasonable efficiencies in spite the of the donor only being present in a few wt%. Various explanations of how they work have been put forward but in a recent paper COPE and colleagues have shown using molecular dynamics simulations that the donor materials are distributed in the films at a distance that can enable a percolation pathway for charges to be extracted in spite of their concentration being below the expected percolation limit.

High efficiency perovskite solar cells

Shanshan Zhang, a PhD student at COPE has been working with the group of Professor Dieter Neher (Potsdam University) on perovskite solar cells. A highlight of the work was a 1 cm2 inverted solar cell with a certified efficiency of 19.83%, which was published in Nature Energy.

COPE members received Prizes at AUCAOS Symposium

Image: Paul Burn, Alex Loch

COPE explosive detection featured in CEO Magazine

COPE’s development in collaboration with Arborescent Pty Ltd in the development of Arbsense, a handheld sensor for detecting explosives was highlighted in the October 2018 issue.

Dr Ebinazar Namdas promoted to position of Associate Professor

COPE would like to congratulate Ebinazar Namdas for his recent promotion to the position of associate professor.

Counter Improvised Threats Grand Challenge

Dr Paul Shaw and Professor Paul Burn in collaboration with the Defence Science Technology Group have been awarded funding to develop technology to counter the ever-growing incidence of improvised threats. Over 200 proposals were submitted to the Grand Challenge, with 13 funded to support collaborative research programs across 26 different organisations.

Professor Paul Burn Wins Global Award

Professor Paul Burn, ARC Laureate Fellow and Head of the Centre for Organic Photonics & Electronics, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences at UQ has been awarded a prestigious Helmholtz International Fellowship.
The Helmholtz International Fellowships are awarded to scientists “who have excelled in extraordinary ways in research fields that are central to the work of the Helmholtz Association”.

COPE Members Receive Poster Prizes at AUCAOS Symposium

COPE PhD students Jonathan Lai and Beta Poliquit each won a poster prize at the AUCAOS Symposium (aucaos.org.au) at Kingscliff, New South Wales.

COPE's first solution processed white OLED

Professor Paul Burn's Laureate Fellowship device team led by Dr Anthony Brewer has created COPE's first solution processed white OLED (see image). The white OLED incorporates new materials developed by Drs Wei (Larry) Jiang and Dani Stoltzfus, and Steven Russell in COPE. This is an important first step towards efficient simple solution processed white OLEDs, says Professor Burn.

Bernard Mostert wins prestigious COFUND fellowship under the EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie funding scheme.

Bernard Mostert has recently been awarded a COFUND fellowship under the EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie funding scheme. The fellowship will commence at the start of next year at Swansea University and is for 3 years. Bernard will continue work on solid state organic electrochemical transistor technology developed at COPE. Specifically, the project aim is to further develop these new devices and to interface them to biological systems for potential medical sensing technologies.

Joint UQ-India research harnesses light for the future

Dr Ebinazar Namdas, Dr Shih-Chun Lo, and Professor Paul Burn of the Centre of Organic Photonics & Electronics, The University of Queensland (UQ), AUCAOS colleague, Assoc Prof Chris McNeill (Monash University), and Dr Elizabeth Krenske (School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, UQ) will be collaborating on a project entitled "Large Area Opto-Electronics (LAOE) for Australia and India". The program is being funded under the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) scheme. The Indian partner is CSIR-National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST).

UQ Development Fellowship awarded to Dr Xiuwen Zhou

Dr Xiuwen Zhou has been awarded a prestigious UQ Development Fellowship. Xiuwen is an expert on computational and theoretical chemistry/physics. Her recent interest, in conjunction with Professors Burn and Powell, has been on understanding why some iridium complexes that are typically used in organic light-emitting diodes are highly luminescent and others not. Xiuwen’s Fellowship will enable her to continue these studies and we look forward to her further contribution to the COPE research program.

COPE awarded two Discovery Projects for 2017

Professor Paul Burn and colleagues Professor Ian Gentle and Dr Paul Shaw have between them been awarded two ARC Discovery Project Grants. The first of these is in collaboration with Professor Adachi at Kyushu University, Japan to develop new materials for organic light-emitting diodes (see:http://tinyurl.com/zemh34d). The second is to develop sensors for chemical warfare agents in conjunction with Associate Professor Hodgkiss at the University of Victoria Wellington, NZ and Dr Nick Fitzgerald at the DSTG.

Professor Paul Meredith to take up Chair at Swansea University, UK

Professor Paul Meredith has resigned his position at the University of Queensland to take up a prestigious Chair at Swansea University, UK. Paul joined UQ in 2001 and was promoted to Professor in 2010. Paul played a key role in attracting Professor Paul Burn as an ARC Federation Fellow in 2007 and after the founding of COPE became a co-Director. Paul’s interests have had a strong focus on solar energy both at the research level at COPE and through his engagement as Director of UQ solar with UQ becoming the world’s largest university operator of renewable energy infrastructure to date.

DECRA awarded to Dr Ardalan Armin

Dr Ardalan Armin has been awarded an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award to work on perovskite-based solar cells at the University of New South Wales. Ardalan undertook his PhD at COPE before taking up a post-doctoral position supported by the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics, also at COPE. Ardalan’s research focus has been on charge generation and transport in organic solar cells and we wish him well as he takes up his first independent research position.

Professor Paul Burn FAA FRSC awarded ARC Laureate Fellowship

Professor Paul Burn has been awarded a prestigious ARC Laureate Fellowship in the 2016 round. The Laureate Fellowship aims to develop efficient solid-state lighting based on organic light-emitting diodes. For more information on this story please see: http://tinyurl.com/heo8l72.

Queensland Government Mid-career Fellowship Funding Awarded to Dr Paul Shaw

COPE is delighted to announce that Dr Paul Shaw has won Mid-career Fellowship Funding from Queensland Government. Paul leads the sensors team at COPE which develops technology for the selective detection of explosives from their vapours. For more details, please see the following link: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/uoq-qgf042016.php

MRS Graduate Student Gold Award won by COPE PhD student, Qianqian (Vincent) Lin

Vincent has won a highly competitive Graduate Student Gold Award at the 2016 Material Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. The MRS Meeting is one of the leading international stages to present cutting edge materials research. Vincent won the award for his work on perovskite materials, and in particular, their application in wavelength selective photodiodes. If you are interested in reading more on this work see "Filterless narrowband visible photodetectors", Nature Photonics, 2015, 9, 687-694. http://www.nature.com/nphoton/journal/v9/n10/abs/nphoton.2015.175.html

COPE students win prizes at the 11th Annual SCMB Research Students Symposium

Image: 11th Annual SCMB Research Students Symposium: Qianqian Lin and Sarah McGregor

Qianqian Lin and Sarah McGregor both enjoyed success at the recent SCMB Research Students Symposium held on the 26th November.
Sarah McGregor won 2nd prize for her Poster presentation & Qianqian Lin won 1st prize in the Oral presentations. Congratulations Sarah and Vincent.

COPE Selected as 2015 Eureka Prize Finalist

We are delighted to announce that the sensors team at COPE has been selected as a finalist for the 2015 Defence Science and Technology Organisation Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science for Safeguarding Australia:

COPE, University of Queensland
Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are one of the greatest threats faced by military personnel and homeland security. Detection of the vapours released by explosives is the best strategy for the identification of IEDs.

Professor Paul Burn represents the Australian Academy of Science at InterAcademy Partnership Workshop

Invited to attend on behalf of the Australian Academy of Science, the itinerary included a symposium ‘Getting from where we are to where we want to be in clean energy’, held at the Royal Palace Amsterdam, where former Secretary of Energy Prof Steve Chu (Stanford University) was guest of honour.

SMP Three Minute Thesis competition won by COPE student Khalid Muhieddine

The SMP Three Minute Thesis competition has been won for the second year running by Khalid Muhieddine. His presentation was entitled “Organic Electronics: My Bubble; Your World”. Khalid will go on to represent SMP at the Faculty of Science final on Wednesday 5th August... Congratulations Khalid! Update: Khalid was runner-up at the Faculty of Science final, and 'People's Choice' winner. As 'People's Choice' winner he will be able to participate in the UQ 3MT Wildcard Competition on September 2nd. The Wildcard Competition will be another oppurtunity to reach the UQ Grand Final...

COPE student wins School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences tutor award

COPE PhD student Sarah Mcgregor has been recognised as being one of UQ's top performing tutors in Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences for second semester 2014. http://www.scmb.uq.edu.au/index.html?page=219738 Congratulations Sarah!

COPE Student Receives Prestigious Honours Scholarship Award

Ilene Alison has been awarded with an Honours Scholarship from UQ’s School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences in the recognition of her outstanding undergraduate achievements. Congratulations to Ilene on receiving this prestigious award and welcome to COPE!

Dr Paul Shaw Receives SCMB Award for Excellence in Research and Innovation

Image: Dr Paul Shaw

COPE is delighted to announce that Dr Paul Shaw, who leads the sensors team at COPE, has been awarded the SCMB award for ”Excellence in Research and Innovation”. This award is in recognition of the success of the sensors team in the development of fluorescent dendrimers for the standoff detection of explosives.

COPE Student wins Poster Prize

COPE Student Awarded Prestigious Honours Scholarship

COPE Honours student, Van Mai has been selected for an Honours Scholarship from The University of Queensland's School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences (SCMB). This is in recognition of outstanding undergraduate achievents. Many congratulations to Van on receiving this prestigious award!

Prof Paul Meredith awarded ARC Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award (DORA)

COPE is delighted to announce that Prof Paul Meredith has been awarded an ARC Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award (DORA) to commence in 2014. His DORA is in the field of bioelectronics, which is a new frontier field concerned with integrating electrical control systems and biological entities for applications such as in-situ bio-monitoring and cellular-level control and interrogation of tissue.

Senior Lectureship awarded to Dr George Vamvounis

COPE is delighted to announce that Dr George Vamvounis (ARC Research Fellow) has been appointed to a Senior Lectureship in physical chemistry at James Cook University commencing in 2014. George has played an important role in the development of the chemistry program at COPE and we wish him well for his future career.

COPE Student wins Prize

Image: School of Mathematics and Physics Research Higher Degree Student Poster Day 2013 | Ardalan Armin: 1st place

COPE postgraduate student, Ardalan Armin, has won the prize for the best poster (entitled - “Flexible Organic-Electronics for Low Noise Visible Light Detection”) at the School of Mathematics and Physics Postgraduate Research Poster Competition held on 20th September 2013.
Congratulations to Aradalan on his excellent presentation.

Dr Yuan Fang awarded prestigious Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) Postdoctoral Fellowship

COPE is delighted to announce that Dr Yuan Fang has been awarded a prestigious Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) Postdoctoral Fellowship provided by the Australian Government. The ARENA Fellowships aim to build the skills and capabilities of mid-career researchers for the solar industry. Dr Fang’s project aims to develop novel polymer-based materials for organic solar cells that “accept” electrons and create energy.

Dr Ajay Pandey awarded prestigious Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) Postdoctoral Fellowship

COPE is delighted to announce that Dr Ajay Pandey has been awarded a prestigious Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) Postdoctoral Fellowship provided by the Australian Government. The ARENA Fellowships aim to build the skills and capabilities of mid-career researchers for the solar industry. Dr Pandey’s project aims to provide models of working solar cells that operate beyond the established limits of performance for standard cheap organic solar cells through investigating the use of creating multiple excitons per absorbed photon in organic semiconductors.

Professor Meredith receives top honour in Premier’s Sustainability Awards

One of Queensland’s most respected academics and solar energy pioneers has received the top honour in this year’s Premier’s Sustainability Awards. Premier Campbell Newman and Environment Minister Andrew Powell congratulated Professor Paul Meredith on receiving the 2013 Premier’s Award at a ceremony in Brisbane on the 14th June 2013.

COPE Research Highlighted by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation

Professor Paul Burn and colleagues have led use of neutron reflectometry to study film morphology, interfaces, and diffusion in organic optoelectronic materials.

Professor Paul Burn made Honorary Professor at the Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications

COPE is delighted to announce that Professor Paul Burn FAA FRSC has been made Honorary Professor at the Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications. For further information please see: http://www.njupt.edu.cn/s/1/t/1/7a/5f/info31327.htm.

Professor Paul Burn elected to Australian Academy of Science

COPE is delighted to announce that Professor Paul Burn FRSC and Australian Research Council Federation Fellow has been elected to a Fellowship at the Australian Academy of Science.

For more information on this please click here and this link here.

Three COPE students win outstanding tutor awards

Three COPE postgraduate students have won prizes as top UQ performing tutors for second semester 2011.   Andrew Clulow, Ross Jansen-Van Vuuren and Ellen Wren achieved a score of 4.80 or better out of 5.0 for their overall performance evaluated by students. The winners received a certificate and a movie voucher, and attended a luncheon hosted by the Head of School, Professor Melissa Brown.  Congratulations to all the winners.

Image: Front row - Andrew Clulow second from right, Ross Jansen-Van Vuuren third from right
            Back row - Ellen Wren in the centre.

To read more about this please click here: http://www.scmb.uq.edu.au/congratulations-to-outstanding-tutors

Dr Ebinazar Namdas wins prestigious Future Fellowship Award

COPE is delighted to announce that Dr Ebinazar Namdas has won a prestigious Future Fellowship from the Australian Government.

Dr Namdas has been awarded a four-year Future Fellowship to conduct research into organic-inorganic hybrid electronic devices and logic circuits.  The project will create the next generation of opto-electronic devices and logic circuits using solution-based organic-inorganic hybrid materials that have the potential of being extremely cheap, recyclable, and mechanically flexible.

DECRA Success for COPE Researchers

COPE is delighted to announce that Dr Almantas Pivrikas and Dr Paul Shaw have won Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Awards (DECRAs). DECRAs recognise outstanding young researchers of exceptional promise. The awards are in two key areas of organic optoelectronics, namely charge transport and photophysics.

Justin Yu through to final in UQ 3 Minute Thesis Competition

COPE PhD student Justin Yu has successfully won both the SCMB qualifier round and the Faculty of Science semi-final to compete at the UQ 3 Minute Thesis competition Final.

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland. Participating students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis topic and its significance.

Dr Kwan Lee to give a talk at National Science Week

As part of National Science Week, COPE senior research fellow Dr Kwan H. Lee will be presenting a public talk titled "Organic Electronics - The future is NOW" on Sunday 21 August 2011 at 1.00pm at the Queensland Museum.

Image:  Kwan Lee holds an organic solar cell made at COPE

COPE on the cover of 'Advanced Functional Materials'

Researchers at COPE have recently been featured on the cover of Advanced Functional Materials.  Stable film morphology is critical for durable, high-performance organic light-emitting diodes. Uniformly blended films of Ir(ppy)3 in CBP formed by evaporation were found to phase-separate with moderate heating. Luminescence microscopy shows that phase separation leads to fiber-like structures of CBP (blue) and Ir(ppy)3 (green).

Collaborators from Germany visit COPE

COPE hosted a group of collaborators from Germany from 6th to 10th June 2011.  The visitors included Dr Alexander Colsmann, Andreas Pütz, Jens Czolk and Michael Klein from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Prof Klaus Lips from Helmholtz Center Berlin and Dr Jan Behrends from Free University Berlin.

Image from left to right:  Prof Ian Gentle, Prof Klaus Lips, Dr Jan Behrends, Mr Jens Czolk, Dr Alex Colsmann, Mr Michael Klein, Prof Paul Burn, Prof Paul Meredith, Mr Justin Yu, Mr Andreas Putz, Mr Matthew Zhang and Dr Kwan H. Lee


COPE is Expanding

The Centre is currently advertising several new postdoctoral research positions as it continues to expand.  Positions are available in organic field effect transistors fabrication and testingorganic optoelectronic materials synthesis, the physical deposition of transpare

Postdoctoral Research Fellow position available in COPE

A postdoctoral research position is available in COPE in the field of Theory of Organic Optoelectronic Materials.  To find out more about this position, please click here.  Further information is available on the

New UQ web portal Chemistry@UQ launched

Australia's leading research chemists have thrown themselves in the mix when it comes to celebrating the 2011 International Year of Chemistry.

UQ's chemistry researchers, whose work consistently ranked as above world standard in more fields than any other Australian university in the recent Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ratings, are enthusiastically taking up the call to increase the profile of the chemistry discipline as part of the international celebrations.

Making plastic conduct electricity using a particle accelerator

Giant particle accelerators such as the large hadron collider have generated enormous interest for their potential to shed light on the secrets of the universe.  While the LHC is answering fascinating fundamental questions, lower-energy particle accelerators focused on problems of a more practical nature have recently produced an interesting breakthrough in our ability to control the electrical properties of plastics.

Materials Today highlight Andrew Stephenson's work on metal-mixed plastics

 Materials Today have highlighted an important breakthrough made by COPE members Andrew Stephenson, Kwan Lee, Paul Meredith and Ben Powell in collaboration with Adam Micolich and the University of New South Wales.


Virtual Tour of the Cleanroom in COPE

You can now view the Class 1000 Cleanroom located in COPE in a virtual tour.  Click here to view the virtual tour.  (Please note that the ability to view this will depend on the software you have installed on your computer.)

COPE awarded 600,000 hours of computer time

Ben Powell, Seth Olsen and Paul Burn have just been awarded 600,000 hours of cpu time from the National Computer Infrastructure via the Merit Allocation Scheme. This resource will be vital for our continuing computational research effort.

Lawrence Lo, Ben Powell and collaborators in New South Wales awarded $250,000 for new high pressure facility

Today the Australian Research Council (ARC) announced $250,000 in support for the project "High pressure facility for optical spectroscopy: investigation of novel superconductors and strongly correlated electrons systems". This facility is a multi-institution collaboration including Clemens Ulrich (UNSW), Xaolin Wang (Wollongong) and Annemieke Mulders (UNSW@ADFA) as well the two COPE researchers.


COPE Students win Prizes

Two COPE postgraduate students, Hamish Cavaye and Ross Jansen-van Vuuren, recently won prizes at the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences Postgraduate Research Students Symposium held in November 2010.  Congratulations to both Hamish and Ross on their excellent presentations.

Image:  Hamish Cavaye (left) and Ross Jansen-van Vuuren with their prize certificates

Ben Powell Promoted

Everyone at COPE is delighted to hear that Dr Ben Powell has been promoted to Associate Professor.  Congratulations, tnis is an extremely well deserved achievement!

Congratulations to Dr Hellen Hui Jin and Dr George Vamvounis for their recent Early Career Researcher grant awards

Two COPE members, Dr Hellen Hui  Jin and Dr George Vamvounis were recently successful in obtaining Early Career Researcher grants funded by The University of Queensland.

Dr Jin's research is aimed at improving the efficiency of plastic solar cells by device design and Dr Vamvounis will focus on exploring the development of new molecules for memory devices.

UQ highlights Seth Olsen's success

Today Max Lu UQ Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) congratulated the 92 successful Discovery grants from UQ. In doing so he highlighted 10 grants as particularly significant. One of which was Seth Olsen's! 

Seth Olsen wins Australian Research Fellowship

Everyone at COPE would like to congratulate Seth Olsen on being awarded an Australian Research Fellowship (ARF).  This prestigious five-year fellowship had a success rate of just 13%, so Seth had to beat off some stiff competition.  We at COPE are pleased that this fellowship will keep Seth at COPE for the next five years.

ARC Success for COPE

Congratulations to Ebinazar Namdas, Paul Meredith and Seth Olsen, who were all awarded Discovery grants by the Australian Research Council yesterday.

Ambipolar organic light emitting transistor. Image credit: Dr Ebinazar Namdas (COPE, University of Queensland)

Sustainability recognition for COPE

COPE is featured on the University of Queensland's Sustainability website as having attained international recognition for excellence in the area of energy with the development of the next generation solar cells.

Image: Karsten Krueger holding a solar cell component.  Photo: Stewart Gould

Andrew Clulow wins tutoring prize

Andrew Clulow, a postgraduate student in COPE, has won a prize as one of the top 14 performing tutors in the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences for first semester 2010.  Performance was assessed on SET-T results and staff feedback return-to-course score.  Well done Andrew.

Top performing tutors:  Andrew Clulow is third from the right at the back of the group.

Congratulations to Dr Andrew Stephenson on completing his PhD

The COPE team congratulate Mr Dr Andrew Stephenson on being awarded his postdoctoral degree.  The title of his thesis is "Electrical Properties, Tunability and Applications of Superconducting Metal-Mixed Polymers."  Well done Andrew and we wish you all the best with your future career.

Julia Gillard visits COPE and announces Labor's climate change policy

The Prime Minister Julia Gillard visited The University of Queensland on 23rd July 2010 and announced that a Labor Government would form a "citizens' assembly" of up to 200 people who would seek community views about putting a price on carbon (ABC News.)

Image:  Prime Minister Julia Gillard driving a helicopter with a solar cell made in COPE laboratories. Photo: Stewart Gould

COPE student Ben Langley wins poster prize at CIMOPV Workshop

Ben Langley, a COPE student who is nearing the completion of his postdoctoral degree, recently won a prize for his poster entitled "Enhancing the properties of dendritic Ru(II) complexes for Dye Sensitised Solar Cells" at the CIMOPV Workshop.

Paul Burn admitted as Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry

Paul Burn has been admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. The RSC is the largest organisation in Europe for advancing the chemical sciences. Supported by a worldwide network of members and an international publishing business, their activities span education, conferences, science policy and the promotion of chemistry to the public. Further information on the Society is available at http://www.rsc.org.

    Royal Society of Chemistry Headquarters, London

COPE Welcomes Dr Yuan Fang to the team

Dr Yuan Fang joined the growing COPE team in April 2010 as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow.  He hails from Hubei in China, and obtained his doctoral degree from Sun Yat-sen University in December 2009 majoring in Materials Physics and Chemistry. 

Dr Kwan Hee Lee joins COPE as a UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Lee joins the team at COPE in January 2010.  His research will focus on developing high performance hybrid photovoltaic cells and will bring an extra dimension to the organic photovoltaics research that is being conducted within COPE. In a hybrid photovoltaic cell, the organic semiconductor is modified by incorporating inorganic nanoparticles into the organic layer. This is expected to combine the benefits found in both organic semiconductors (flexibility, low cost) and inorganic semiconductors (high carrier mobility, material tuneability.)

The first quantum chemistry calculation on a quantum computer

An interdisciplinary team of chemists and physicists from UQ and Harvard, including COPE’s Ben Powell, have performed the world’s first quantum chemistry calculation on a quantum computer. Their results were published this week in Nature Chemistry. This result has already been reported by a wide range of news sources including New Scientist and Yahoo News.

B. K. An appointed to a faculty position at the Catholic University of Korea

Everyone at COPE would like to extend their warmest congratulations to Byeong-Kwan An who has been appointed to a Faculty position at the Department of Chemistry, The Catholic University of Korea. BK has done outstanding work during his time as a member of COPE and he will be a big loss to the Centre. We wish BK all the best for his future.

COPE wins a 500,000 hour "Superproject" on the NCI National Facility

Ben Powell, Seth Olsen, Paul Burn and Ross McKenzie have been awarded half a million CPU hours (with an in-kind value of $250,000) as part of a "superproject" on the National Computational Infrastructure's (NCI) National Facility under the merit allocation scheme. This grant will enable a wide range of computational work at COPE supporting experimental and theoretical work across the whole range of the centre's interests.

$945,000 Australian Solar Institute Grant announced for COPE researchers

Professors Paul Meredith and Paul Burn, and Dr Muhsen Aljada at the Centre for Organic Photonics & Electronics at the University of Queensland have been awarded a $945k grant for a project entitled:  New Materials and Architectures for Organic Solar Cells - Beyond the Shockley-Queisser Limit from the Australian Solar Institute (http://www.australiansolarinstitute.com.au/news.htm)

COPE Students win awards at UQ SCMB Research Students Symposium

Two PhD students from COPE, Hamish Cavaye and Benjamin Langley, received awards for their work at the recent SCMB Research Students Symposium.

                                     Hamish Cavaye with his poster at the Research Students Symposium

Journal of the American Chemical Society features COPE's article on achieving highly efficient deep blue phosphorescence

Solution-processable blue phosphorescent emitters with high luminescence efficiency are highly desirable for large-area flat panel displays and lighting applications. For most of phosphorescent blue materials, the luminescent efficiency tends to decrease while going to deeper blue. Researchers in COPE have developed a strategy to reduce the non-radiative decay rate in deep blue phosphorescence by encapsulating blue phosphorescent core into a new class of rigid high-triplet energy dendrons. This gives a solution-processable blue dendrimer with solution and film photoluminescence quantum yields of 94% and 60%, respectively. Click here to view the article. 


COPE researchers sweep over $1.3million in latest ARC grant round

The success of three important funding proposals by COPE researchers was announced recently by the ARC.  Dr George Vamvounis, a COPE postdoctoral research fellow, was awarded a prestigious Australian Research Fellowship for five years. Prof Ross McKenzie obtained funding from the ARC to conduct research for optimising information storage. Dr Ben Powell and Dr Lawrence (Shih-Chun) Lo won an ARC discovery grant which will enable them to conduct research into the way electrons behave in new materials.

George Vamvounis

New publication "The supramolecular structure of melanin"

An important publication has just been published online in the journal Soft Matter, entitled "The supramolecular structure of melanin"Click here to view the article.


$1.9 million for COPE Solar Cell Research

COPE researchers have received almost $2 million from the Queensland Government to lead an international alliance working on the next generation of solar cells.


Andrew Fraser MP (State Treasurer) announces the National and International Research Alliance Program
funding for solar cell research

The researchers, Professor Paul Burn and Associate Professor Paul Meredith from the Centre for Organic Photonics & Electronics, focus on solar cells that have the potential for wide commercial deployment – they're plastic, portable and low-cost.

“Solar cells are widely viewed as an important pillar of the future renewable energy technology mix,” Professor Burn said.

“The objective of this research alliance is to develop innovative technologies for the next generation of solar cells, which will be based on inexpensive and environmentally friendly plastic materials.”

Associate Professor Meredith said presently the best commercially available solar cells were based on silicon and had efficiencies of about 10-20 percent.

“As a result of the cost and complexity of processing silicon, it takes five to 10 years electricity generation to pay off the initial outlay; a fact that hinders universal up-take, especially for households, in the current economic framework,” he said. 

To read more please click here:

Researchers win UniQuest's 2009 Trailblazer Awards

Andrew Clulow and Muhsen Aljada have won prestigious Trailblazer Awards. The Trailblazer Awards, run by UniQuest Pty Ltd (www.uniquest.com.au), are recognition of cutting-edge thinking and innovations with the potential to benefit industry and the community.

COPE academics featured in 'Chemistry in Australia' publication

In a series of four articles by academic researchers in the Centre, COPE was highlighted in the June 2009 issue of the monthly magazine published by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, Chemistry in Australia.

Paul Burn appointed to the editorial board of Polymer Chemistry

Prof Paul Burn has recently been appointed to the Editorial board of a new Royal Society of Chemistry Journal,  'Polymer Chemistry'.  This journal will encompass all aspects of synthetic and biological macromolecules, and related emerging areas. The new journal will provide a showcase for the ongoing efforts driving polymer chemistry, highlighting the creativity of the field and previously inaccessible applications.


Nature Physics publishes COPE researchers' discovery of a universal ratio in strongly correlated metals

Three physicists from COPE and SMP have reported the discovered a new ratio that takes the same predicted value in a wide range of strongly correlated materials.



Flex Tech highlights opening of COPE

Flex Tech, a global alliance for focussing on flexible electronics, highlights the opening of COPE in their December 2008 newsletter.

COPE Infrastructure discussed on ABC's 7.30 Report

 National review recommends a major overhaul of Australia's system of research innovation.

Opening of Centre

  The Centre for Organic Photonics and Electronics was officially opened by Professor Paul Greenfield on 18 November 2008.

The COPE opening was showcased in "Photonics World".

The opening of the Centre was showcased in the 14 November 2008 issue of Photonics World.

Read more about it here.

Ben Powell wins Research Award

Ben powell wins UQ Foundation Research Excellence award

Professor Paul Burn interviewed by Robyn Williams on The Science Show (Radio National) on 18 October 2008

Listen to the discussion here between Paul Burn and Robyn Williams which focuses on new photovoltaic plastics. This  took place on 18 October 2008 on the Science Show (Radio National.)