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Martin Lea


Martin Lea

MAS CDT PhD student

Molecular Analytical Science PhD student shared between the Maurer and Stavros groups at the University of Warwick.

Investigating into emerging molecular switch architectures for the fabrication of flexible, light-responsive surfaces. Work focuses on how to creatively manipulate the properties of molecular switches using chemical functionalization to allow intuitive molecule design, and how to implement these molecules onto metal electrodes to create functionalized nanosurfaces.


Academic Background

  • Molecular Analytical Science PhD, University of Warwick - 2018-Present
  • Molecular Analytical Science MSc, University of Warwick - 2017-2018
  • Chemistry BSc, University of Warwick - 2014 - 2017

Past Projects

MSc project in: Photo-induced electron transfer in coordination cages using supramolecular assemblies - Supervised by Vasilios Stavros and Mike Ward.

Synthesis and characterization of supramolecular structures used in host-guest chemistry. Spectroscopic methods were used in order to investigate phenomena such as energy and electron transfer capabilities of novel, self assembled cage like structures.

Project involved:

  • Ligand synthesis and the characterization of supramolecular structures.
  • Fluorescence titrations of guest molecules into hosts.
  • Ultrafast spectroscopy to reveal photodynamics


MSc project in: Computational modelling of optoelectronic devices: Hemithioindigos as versatile s

ingle-molecule switches - With industrial collaboration from Diamond Light Source Ltd

A study into the photoswitching capabilties of an emerging class of molecular switch; demonstrating how tunable properties can be obtained through functionalization, using ab initio calculation software. Mechanistic investigation of switching within hemithioindigos was attempted through:

  • Calculation of ground and excited states
  • Predicted spectroscopy of medium sized organic compounds
  • Reaction pathways investigated by surface scans