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....Read more

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....Read more

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....Read more

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.

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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...Read more

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....Read more

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....Read more

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.



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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....Read more


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)....Read more

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

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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...Read more

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 ...Read more

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....Read more

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. ...Read more

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.)

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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.

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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....Read more


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....Read more

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)
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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
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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.

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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.)...Read more


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.


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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....Read more

    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. 

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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.)


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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.

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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.

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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.

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$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)

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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...Read more

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. 


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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.

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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.

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$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. 

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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.

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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....Read more

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.


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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.

 

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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....Read more

Opening of Centre

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

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...Read more

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.)