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Chris McNeill joined the Materials Science and Engineering Department in March 2011. He has a PhD in experimental physics, with five and a half years post-doctoral research experience working at the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. His interested include organic electronic devices such as polymer solar cells and organic field-effect transistors, as well as structural characterisation of organic semiconductor films using synchrotron-based techniques. He has been awarded a number of high-profile fellowships including an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship to support his work in Cambridge, an ARC Future Fellowship and a veski innovation fellowship to enable him to establish his research activities in Australia.


  • Conjugated Polymers
  • Device Physics
  • Organic Field-Effect Transistors
  • Organic Semiconductors
  • Polymer Solar Cells
  • Synchrotron Radiation
  • X-Ray Microscopy

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Projects 2017 2019

Xuechen Jiao ANSTO Secondment

McNeill, C. R. & Jiao, X.


Project: Research

Research Output 2004 2018

An Alkylated Indacenodithieno[3,2-b]thiophene-Based Nonfullerene Acceptor with High Crystallinity Exhibiting Single Junction Solar Cell Efficiencies Greater than 13% with Low Voltage Losses

Fei, Z., Eisner, F. D., Jiao, X., Azzouzi, M., Röhr, J. A., Han, Y., Shahid, M., Chesman, A. S. R., Easton, C. D., McNeill, C. R., Anthopoulos, T. D., Nelson, J. & Heeney, M. 22 Feb 2018 In : Advanced Materials. 30, 8, 1705209

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Blade Coating Aligned, High-Performance, Semiconducting-Polymer Transistors

Wu, D., Kaplan, M., Ro, H. W., Engmann, S., Fischer, D. A., DeLongchamp, D. M., Richter, L. J., Gann, E., Thomsen, L., McNeill, C. R. & Zhang, X. 27 Mar 2018 In : Chemistry of Materials. 30, 6, p. 1924-1936 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Control of Geminate Recombination by the Material Composition and Processing Conditions in Novel Polymer: Nonfullerene Acceptor Photovoltaic Devices

Zhang, J., Gu, Q., Do, T. T., Rundel, K., Sonar, P., Friend, R. H., McNeill, C. R. & Bakulin, A. A. 8 Feb 2018 In : Journal of Physical Chemistry A. 122, 5, p. 1253-1260 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Diketopyrrolopyrrole based organic semiconductors with different numbers of thiophene units: Symmetry tuning effect on electronic devices

Liu, Q., Surendran, A., Feron, K., Manzhos, S., Jiao, X., McNeill, C. R., Bottle, S. E., Bell, J., Leong, W. L. & Sonar, P. 2018 In : New Journal of Chemistry. 42, 6, p. 4017-4028 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Highly Efficient and Balanced Charge Transport in Thieno[3,4- c] pyrrole-4,6-dione Copolymers: Dramatic Influence of Thieno[3,2- b] thiophene Comonomer on Alignment and Charge Transport

Weller, T., Rundel, K., Krauss, G., McNeill, C. R. & Thelakkat, M. 12 Apr 2018 In : Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 122, 14, p. 7565-7574 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review