[Trinity Japan] Sir Richard Friend, Cavendish Professor of Physics, “The modern day alchemist”, 18 June 2021

[Trinity Japan] Sir Richard Friend, Cavendish Professor of Physics, “The modern day alchemist”, 18 June 2021

Sir Richard Friend

Sir Richard Friend FRS, FREng is maybe best known for his breakthrough discoveries of light emitting polymers, inventions which led to the development of OLED (organic light emitting diodes), and to his founding of several companies

Sir Richard is the Cavendish Professor of Physics at the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge, the Founding Director of the Maxwell Centre at Cambridge, Director of the Cambridge University Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability, and has several other important responsibilities, while his main focus is research. Sir Richard has just recently been awarded a very important Research Grant by the European Research Council (ERC): https://www.phy.cam.ac.uk/news/three-european-research-council-grants-awarded-cavendish-researchers

From the announcement of the ERC Grant: Professor Sir Richard Friend has been awarded funding for his Spin Control in Radical Semiconductors (SCORS) project, which will explore the electronic properties of organic semiconductors that have an unpaired electron to give net magnetic spin. The project is based on a recent discovery that this unpaired electron can couple strongly to light, allowing very efficient luminescence in LEDs. Friend’s group will explore new combinations of optical excited states with magnetic spin states. This will allow new designs for LEDs and solar cells, and opportunities to control the ground state spin polarisation in spintronic devices.

Trinity in Japan

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