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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 ( 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: 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.
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