Postgraduate students Karyn Mutkins and Guojiang Tang working on manufacturing solar cells in the COPE cleanroom
Postgraduate students Karyn Mutkins and Guojiang Tang working on manufacturing solar cells in the COPE cleanroom

The Centre for Organic Photonics & Electronics (COPE)  was established at UQ in March 2007. COPE brings together chemists and physicists to investigate plastic (organic) materials that can be used as the active layers in a range of applications including solar cells, light-emitting diodes for displays and lighting, transistors, and sensors. The Centre, lead by Professors Paul Burn (Chemistry) and Paul Meredith (Physics), is located in state-of-the-art facilities in the Chemistry Building on the St Lucia Campus. The facilities enable materials synthesis and characterisation, with a Class 1000 clean room containing fabrication equipment for the manufacturing of prototype devices. With a suite of device testing capabilities this combination makes COPE one of the premier Centres in Australia in the area of organic optoelectronics.

A major focus of the research at COPE is the development of the next generation solar cells and we are exploring new materials and new device architectures in a strategy to improve efficiency and lifetimes. In addition to the Directors COPE has an exciting senior team of scientists including Dr Shih-Chun (Lawrence) Lo (Chemistry), Dr Ebinazar Namdas (Experimental physics), and Dr Ben Powell (Theoretical Physics).

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