Personal profile


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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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: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Effect of regioregularity on recombination dynamics in inverted bulk heterojunction organic solar cells

Chandrasekaran, N., Liu, A. C. Y., Kumar, A., McNeill, C. R. & Kabra, D. 10 Jan 2018 In : Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics. 51, 1, 015501

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Impact of Acceptor Fluorination on the Performance of All-Polymer Solar Cells

Deshmukh, K. D., Matsidik, R., Prasad, S. K. K., Chandrasekaran, N., Welford, A., Connal, L. A., Liu, A. C. Y., Gann, E., Thomsen, L., Kabra, D., Hodgkiss, J. M., Sommer, M. & McNeill, C. R. 10 Jan 2018 In : ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. 10, 1, p. 955-969 15 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Incorporation of 2,6-Connected Azulene Units into the Backbone of Conjugated Polymers: Towards High-Performance Organic Optoelectronic Materials

Xin, H., Ge, C., Jiao, X., Yang, X., Rundel, K., McNeill, C. R. & Gao, X. 26 Jan 2018 In : Angewandte Chemie - International Edition. 57, 5, p. 1322-1326 5 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

9-Fluorenone and 9,10-anthraquinone potential fused aromatic building blocks to synthesize electron acceptors for organic solar cells

Do, T. T., Rundel, K., Gu, Q., Gann, E., Manzhos, S., Feron, K., Bell, J., McNeill, C. R. & Sonar, P. 2017 In : New Journal of Chemistry. 41, 8, p. 2899-2909 11 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle