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Professor Paul Meredith

Professor Paul Meredith

Professor, Physics

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 295630

Welsh language proficiency

Basic Welsh Speaker

Research Links

Office Academic - 403
Fourth Floor
Vivian Building
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision

About

I am a Professor of Materials Physics and Sêr Cymru National Research Chair at Swansea University. I also hold an Honorary Professorship at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. My research interests lie in the area of sustainable advanced materials for applications such as solar energy, optoelectronics, and bioelectronics. I was educated at Swansea University and Heriot-Watt University and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Cambridge before taking up an industry role as a senior scientist with Proctor & Gamble.

Between 2001 and 2017 I was an academic at the University of Queensland and held several positions including Director of the  Centre for Organic Photonics and Electronics and Director of UQ Solar. I was also an Australian Research Council Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award Fellow and played an active role in the development of the Queensland State Renewable Energy Target of 50% by 2030. In 2017 I returned to Swansea to establish a research effort in the physics of sustainable advanced materials and that has led to the new Centre for Integrative Semiconductor Materials which I lead. This £30M initiative will create a state-of-the-art new research fab for semiconductor science and engineering in support of the regional semiconductor industry and is due for completion in 2022. I have published > 240 papers with over 12,000 (H-index 55) and have a strong interest in innovation having established several start-up companies.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Solar energy science, technology
  • Bioelectronics
  • Organic and perovskite semiconductors
  • Integrative semiconductor materials
  • Photodetectors and optoelectronics
  • Electro-optical physics
  • Renewable energy policy
  • Innovation practises

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Optoelectronics

Biophysics

Semiconductor science and engineering

Materials physics

Research

My main areas of research lie in advanced functional materials for solar energy conversion, optoelectronics, and sensing applications. This interest spans basic electro-optical physics through materials, device structure-property relationships and scaling to manufacture. I also have a keen interest in bioelectronics which seeks to create new sensing and medical treatment technologies by interfacing conventional electronics with biological entities. In particular I have worked extensively on the conducting bio-macromolecular system of melanin as a proton-to-electron transducing material. Finally, I have also been involved in the creation of large scale solar photovoltaic plants during my time in Australia and worked extensively on renewable energy policy.

Award Highlights

2019: Elected to Fellowship: Learned Society of Wales

2017: Sêr Cymru National Research Chair: Welsh Government

2014: Innovation Champion Award: University of Queensland

2014: Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Outstanding Research Award: Australian Government

2013: Premier of Queensland Award for Sustainability: Queensland Government

2011: UQ Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellowship: University of Queensland

2009: QLD Sustainable Energy Innovation Fund Award: Queensland Government

2006: Smart State Senior Fellowship: Queensland Government

2006: Sustainable Technologies Innovation Award: EPA Queensland Government

2005: Foundation Research Excellence Award: University of Queensland

Collaborations

Imperial College London, Oxford University, Cambridge University, Cardiff University, University of Queensland, University of New South Wales, Victoria University Wellington, Hasselt University, Potsdam University, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, ISIS Neutron and Muon Source