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Roderick MacKenzie

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering

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Biography

My research focuses on using mathematical/computational models to understand novel solar cells for light harvesting, novel transistor for sensing/computation, and novel flexible sensors of medical applications. I work on both new materials such as polymer/small molecules/proveskites but also have considerable expertise with traditional ordered semiconductor systems. I have a wide network of collaborations with both industrial and academic partners throughout the world.

I would say that I am an Engineer, who has spent 15 years straying into the fields of computational physics and material science. I obtained my undergraduate degree from the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Nottingham in 2004, I spent the 3rd year of my degree doing an ERASMUS year abroad at the TU Braunschweig where I learnt German. In 2008 I obtained a PhD in design and optimization of semiconductor lasers. While writing up I undertook a short post-doc designing lasers for inter satellite communication as part of a broader EU project. Later I moved to Imperial College London, where I did a Post-Doc in device level and molecular modeling of organic solar cells. During this time I also became interested in gravure printing of flexible electronic devices. In 2010, I moved the University of Freiburg Germany where I was a member of the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies. In 2011, I moved back to the University of Nottingham to take up a lectureship in renewable energy technology.

PhD studentships and Postdoctoral Fellowships

I welcome PhD applications from people with a keen interest in using computer code, mathematics and physics to understand the world around them. With the aim of producing better electronic devices for renewable energy generation and medical sensing.

Students with an outstanding academic record may be eligible for an Faculty of Engineering PhD studentship. Contact me if you would like to discuss this and develop project ideas together.

I also welcome enquiries from overseas students and postdocs who have identified potential funding routes.

Current postdocs interested in applying for independent research fellowships (see https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/researchwithus/fellowships/fellowships.aspx) are encouraged to contact me if you are interested in conducting materials research at Nottingham. I would be happy to work with you in developing a competitive internal or external fellowship application.

Expertise Summary

Key words: Solar cells, perovskites, Organic field effect transistors (OFET), Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs), disordered materials, machine learning, deep learning, numerical simulation, theoretical electromagnetics, thin films, simulation, drift diffusion, computation, finite difference.

I am an expert in using computer models and physics to understand the world us. I currently use these methods to develop better electronic devices for harvesting renewable energy, to develop better sensors for medical applications, better transistors for and light emitting devices. I am an expert in electronic device simulation, simulation of light and quantum devices/materials. My current focus is on understanding disordered organic electronic devices and perovskite devices.

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PhD studentships and Postdoctoral Fellowships

I welcome PhD applications from people with a keen interest in using computer code, mathematics and physics to understand the world around them. With the aim of producing better electronic devices for renewable energy generation and medical sensing.

Students with an outstanding academic record may be eligible for an Faculty of Engineering PhD studentship. Contact me if you would like to discuss this and develop project ideas together.

I also welcome enquiries from overseas students and postdocs who have identified potential funding routes.

Current postdocs interested in applying for independent research fellowships (see https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/researchwithus/fellowships/fellowships.aspx) are encouraged to contact me if you are interested in conducting materials research at Nottingham. I would be happy to work with you in developing a competitive internal or external fellowship application.

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