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Donal Bradley

Donal Bradley

Professor Donal Bradley CBE FRS


Elected: 2004




Donal Bradley is an applied physicist who has made seminal contributions to the understanding and utilisation of soluble-semiconductors. His fundamental work on the relationship between chemical and physical structure and electronic properties, together with application-oriented device research has contributed to numerous technology developments and opened new fields of study including conjugated polymer electroluminescence, liquid crystalline conjugated polymers, polariton physics in molecular microcavities, and conformationally-structured dielectric metamaterials.

Donal’s early research led to his co-invention of conjugated polymer light emitting diodes, a discovery that first highlighted the opportunity in high-quality displays and lighting for low-temperature-processed, large-area-compatible, soluble-semiconductors. Subsequent activity with these and related materials has supported their extension into solar energy generation, electronics, imaging and sensing, and photonics.

A co-founder of Cambridge Display Technology and Molecular Vision, Donal’s work has been recognised by awards including the EU Descartes Prize, the Royal Society Bakerian Lecture and the IOP and IET Faraday Medals. He was awarded a CBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours for services to science.

Professional positions

Professorial Fellow, Jesus College, University of Oxford
Head, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division, University of Oxford
Professor of Engineering Science and Physics, University of Oxford
Trustee and Chair of the Optoelectronics Committee, The Rank Prize Funds

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Engineering
    • Engineering, semiconductors, Materials science (incl materials engineering)


Conjugated Polymers; Displays & Lighting; Light Emitting Diodes, Lasers and Amplifiers; Metal Oxide Semiconductors; Molecular Metamaterials, Microcavities & Polariton Physics; Plastic Electronics; Printing and Patterning; Photovoltaic Diodes; Soluble Semiconductors; Transparent Conductors


  • Bakerian Medal and Lecture

    On 'Plastic electronics: the science and application of molecular electronic materials and devices'.

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