Skip to main content


The group's research is focused on controlling the growth and properties of a wide range of thin films, nanostructures and complex heterostructures, using both inorganic and organic semiconductor materials. The overall aim is to develop new types of structure with novel and well-defined functional properties (i.e. electronic, optical, magnetic or optoelectronic), and then to exploit them through the development of innovative device structures. Particular emphasis is placed on correlating thin film property with growth mechanism; the control of surface and interface properties; the development of multilayer structures and heterostructures with novel properties; and the fabrication and assessment of prototype device structures for applications in areas including solar cells, sensors and spintronics. For more information about specific areas of research please follow the links below or head to the Research page.


  Electrode Modification   2small   Electrode Development
3small   Multijunction OPVs   4small   Materials for OPVs
5otftssmall.jpg   OTFTS   6small   Hybrid PVs
7small   SPM of OPV Materials   8small   Molecules on Surfaces
9small   III-V Materials   FacilitiesSmall


Open PhD and post-doc positions in the group will be posted on and in the news section of this site. Speculative enquiries from suitably qualified individuals are welcome, please email Prof. Tim Jones (

News Headlines

Wed 27 Jan '16
image Graphene electrodes for structural control

Dr. Luke Rochford and Dr. Alex Ramadan from Prof. Tim Jones' group, in collaboration with Warwick Physics, publish in Advanced Functional Materials demonstrating the use of atomically thin graphene electrodes to control the structure of organic semiconductor thin films while improving their charge transport performance.

"Growth of large crystalline grains of vanadyl-phthalocyanine without epitaxy on graphene" Link

Mon 07 Dec '15
image The influence of ferroelectric surfaces on organic semiconductors published in J. Mater. Chem. C.

The Jones group, in collaboration with Imperial College London, publish a study investigating the effects of polar ferroelectric surfaces on the growth of organic semiconductor thin films.

See all news