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Dr Paul Stavrinou

Dr Paul Stavrinou

  • Tutorial Fellow in Engineering Science
  • Secretary to the Governing Body


Having initially trained at Marconi Instruments as a communications engineer, I completed a BEng (Hns) in Electronic Engineering at what was then the Polytechnic of the South Bank, receiving the IEE Prize for the cohort. My PhD research was carried out at University College London, in conjunction with a CASE award with RSRE (Malvern). I have held postdoctoral positions at University College London, University of Oxford, and Imperial College London. Before joining Oxford in 2016, I was a Reader in Physics at Imperial College London, and Director of the Plastic Electronics Centre for Doctoral Training (PE-CDT). Between 2005-10 I held an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship investigating metallic nanoscale photonics.

College teaching

I cover mathematical and electrical subjects at Lincoln, which include electromagnetism, communications, and control theory.


My research interests span the development of materials (organic and inorganic) for photonic applications and optoelectronic devices, such as lasers, solar cells, and electro-absorption modulators; the common themes all involve light-matter interactions and the flow or routing of radiation within structures. Current interests include stimulated emission processes in conjugated polymers, sub-wavelength optical structures for photoacoustic generation, and cluster analysis for information engineering.  I have recently co-established the Optoelectronic Technology Laboratory to develop semiconductor devices based around soluble materials, based at the University's newly established Oxford Suzhou Centre for Advanced Research (OSCAR) in Suzhou, China.

Select publications

'The importance of microstructure in determining polaron generation yield in poly (9, 9-dioctylfluorene)', Chem. Mater. (2019).

Fully Solution‐Processed Photonic Structures from Inorganic/Organic Molecular Hybrid Materials and Commodity Polymers', Advanced Functional Materials, 29. (2019). 1808152.

'Ultrastable Supramolecular Self‐Encapsulated Wide‐Bandgap Conjugated Polymers for Large‐Area and Flexible Electroluminescent Devices', Advanced Materials 31 (1). (2019). 1804811.

'Carborane‐Induced Excimer Emission of Severely Twisted Bis‐o‐Carboranyl Chrysene', Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 57 (33). (2018). 10640-10645.

'Identifying triplet pathways in dilute pentacene films', Nature Communications, 9. (2018). 4222.

'Dip-pen patterning of poly (9, 9-dioctylfluorene) chain-conformation-based nano-photonic elements', Nature Communications, 6.  (2015). 5977.