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Electronic and Photonic Molecular Materials Group

department of physics and astronomy

Dr Thomas Routledge

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Tom grew up in Solihull, near Birmingham, and attended Arden school where inspirational teacher Phil Howe first guided him towards a future in physics. He continued onto the sixth form at Arden where he studied A-Levels in Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Economics. Tom went on to study Physics at the University of Sheffield and in 2014 he graduated with an MPhys (Hons) degree. During his undergraduate degree Tom particularly enjoyed modules on semiconductor physics, soft condensed matter and experimental techniques.

In 2014, he joined the EPMM group to study for a PhD under the supervision of Dr Al Buckley and Professor David Lidzey. Tom was awarded his PhD in 2019 with his thesis entitled "Ultrasonic Spray Coating for the Fabrication of Polymeric Organic Light-Emitting Diodes".

Since November 2018 he has been Postodoctoral Research Associate in the EPMM group. His research focuses on developing a novel, lightweight, flexible solar cell architecture; perovskites; and scalable coating techniques. This research has resulted in a range of publications including the joint-lead authorship on "A flexible back-contact perovskite solar micro-module" published in Energy & Environmental Science (DOI: 10.1039/C8EE03517B).

In his spare time Tom enjoys cooking, pub quizzing as well as playing and watching football and American football.

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