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Donal Bradley

Professor Donal Bradley CBE FRS


Elected: 2004



ORCID 0000-0001-8713-5060


Donal Bradley is recognised as one of the pioneers of plastic electronics. His fundamental work on the relationship between the chemical and physical structure of polymers and their electronic properties, together with application-oriented device research, has contributed to the growth of what is now a multibillion pound industry.

Donal’s early research led to his co-invention of conjugated polymer electroluminescence, a discovery that made these low-temperature-processed, large-area-compatible materials ideal candidates for use in high-quality displays and lighting. Subsequent activity has supported their extension into solar energy, electronics, imaging and sensing, and photonics.

A co-founder of Cambridge Display Technology and Molecular Vision, Donal’s work has been recognised by numerous awards including the EU Descartes Prize, the Royal Society Bakerian Lecture and the IET Faraday Medal. It has also made him one of the most highly cited researchers in materials physics, and the inventor of some twenty-five patent families. Awarded a CBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours for services to science, he is now Lee-Lucas Professor of Experimental Physics and Vice-Provost (Research) at Imperial College London.

Professional positions

Head, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division, University of Oxford

Interests and expertise

Subject groups


Biomedical Diagnostic Devices, Electronic materials, Lasers and Amplifiers, Lighting and Displays, Metal Oxide Semiconductors, Molecular Metamaterials, Molecular Photophysics, Nanophotonics, Optoelectronics, Organic Light Emitting Diodes, Photonic materials, Photovoltaic power, Plastic Electronics, Printing and Patterning, Semiconductors, Strongly Coupled Microcavities, Thermoelectric materials, Transparent Conductors, Vapour Phase Polymerisation