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Research overview

Graham Turnbull’s research interests are focused on photonic applications of soft materials, including organic semiconductors, plastic lasers, chemical sensing and nanophotonics.

Current research activities include the development of miniature organic and perovskite lasers, explosive vapour sensors, nanoimprint lithography , hybrid optoelectronics, photophysics of organic semiconductors, visible light data communications, and strong coupling in organic materials.

 Admin & Teaching

  • Head of School (2015-2019)

Collaborative Research Projects

past projects

External positions

  • Chair of the St Andrews Physics Trust 

Industrial relevance

optical sensors for chemical detection

Smart lighting technologies for data communications and photosynthesis

Organic semiconductor optoelectronic devices

nanoimprint lithography

technologies for security marking

Academic/Professional Qualification

MSci Hons University of St Andrews (1995)

PhD University of St Andrews (1999)

Senior Member of the IEEE (2010)

Fellow of the Institute of Physics (2019)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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