Dr Jonathan Ward


Lancaster University

Throughout my career I have amassed expertise in a multitude of research disciplines including organic synthesis/materials design, photophysical analysis, and molecule–surface interactions. I obtained a First Class MChem degree from The University of York (2010). I then completed a PhD with Prof. Fairlamb developing light-activated therapeutic carbon monoxide-releasing molecules.

As a PDRA with Prof. Bryce (2014–2017, Durham), I synthesised all-organic pi-conjugated aromatic molecules for high efficiency optoelectronic devices. Subsequently, I worked on the HyperOLED European consortium at Durham (2017–2020), an H2020-funded project to collaborate with industry (Merck and MicroOLED). This project focused on hyper-fluorescence with a drive towards commercial optoelectronic products.

I then moved to the University of Liverpool to work with Prof Simon Higgins and Richard Nichols developing molecular wires and surface binding molecules to measure conductance at the single-molecule level and understand the molecule–surface interactions.

In my lecturer position at Lancaster University I will be drawing upon all of the above expertise to develop fluorescent materials for security inks with unique security features and to develop highly robust pi-conjugated photocatalysts.

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