Research in Plastic electronics has a very broad scope with many promising applications, including: displays, solar cells, transistors, biosensors and photonic devices. Despite the diversity of uses, all these applications are based on thin films of functional materials and in each case their performance is critically dependent upon the precise arrangement and packing structure of the functional molecules.

Controlling Functional Material Nanostructures

II. Fabricating New Device Architectures III. Developing Advanced Spectroscopic Techniques


The principal research in my group focuses on this fundamental issue, seeking to understand and establish the correlation between nanostructures of functional materials and the performance of associated devices, hence to develop plastic electronics for next generation technology. Our current research is progressing towards establishing a solid science platform in the field of Nanoscale Functional Materials and Devices including organic and organic/inorganic hybrids, perovskites, nanomaterials and related applications, as well as developing novel Nanometrology for controlling and analysing these functional materials and devices.

Our research is based on a collaborative endeavour ranging from material synthesis, processing, characterisation and device fabrication and measurement, which include collaborations with chemistry, physics, materials, engineering-based groups at academia and in industry.

Fully funded PhD studentships are available in Plastic Electronics for 2019 entry.

Post-doc recruitment:

We are recruiting a post-doc who will carry out research into “Organic and Hybrid Electronic Materials and Devices for Photovoltaic and Photosensor Applications” under Global Research Laboratory (GRL) programme funded by National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF). This position is for 2 years starting as soon as possible after an interview in September. This research will focus on: (1) the interfacial energetics, (2) the photogenerated charge carrier dynamics, and (3) the origin of traps (molecular, interfacial, and/or morphological), and their impact on device performance. 

Please contact Prof Ji-Seon Kim ( for more details!

We are a part of the Centre for Plastic Electronics and the Centre for Doctoral Training in Plastic Electronic Materials.

David and Ji-Seon

David and Ji-Seon in the lab

David visits Imperial!

David and some fluorescent polymers!

Jess at CDT

Jess and Ji-Seon with Korean and UK visitors in Flexenable


Group Christmas Party 2014


Ji-Seon in the office!

Ji-Seon in the Glovebox

Ji-Seon in the Glovebox

Ji-Seon with Work Experience Students

Ji-Seon with Work Experience Students


Joby with Prof Tobin Marks and Ji-Seon after winning the CPE Poster Prize in the CPE Annual Symposium’

Joby, Ji-Seon, Jess and Nathan

Joby, Ji-Seon, Jess and Nathan at the PGR Symposium

Imperial Festival 2014

Imperial Festival 2014

Jess at CDT!

Jess at CDT!

Jess and Iain at the Fringe Festival, Imperial!

Jess and Iain at Imperial Fringe Festival, explaining plastic electronics to the Imperial College President, Prof. Alice Gast!

The Nanoanalysis Group visit ETRI in South Korea

3D TV displays at Samsung Electronics


CPE students visit to Samsung Electronics