PhD Openings We are currently recruiting PhD students for October 2021 to work on the synthesis of new organic electronic or bioelectronic materials. Talented students with a background in synthetic organic chemistry, polymer chemistry or materials chemistry who are interested in working in our group are encouraged to contact Dr Nielsen with a CV before 18 December 2020!

November 2020 As part of a large European consortium, we have been awarded funding from the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme to continue our work on mixed ionic-electronic conductors.

October 2020 Christian gave a seminar on Molecular Design for Emerging Organic (Bio)Electronic Applications at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

October 2020 Pete’s paper on the Effect of polar side chains on neutral and p-doped polythiophene is now online in Journal of Materials Chemistry C; available open access here. Excellent job Pete!

August 2020 Congratulations to Philisha, who received the Hickinbottom Prize for Project Work for her 4th year project.

August 2020 Congratulations to Hannah, who received the D. C. Bradley Prize for Project Work for her 3rd year project.

July 2020 Congratulations to Zach, who successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled “Conjugated Organic Materials and their Applications in Biological Sensing”.

June 2020 Philisha presented a poster on her Master’s project at the SCI National Undergraduate Poster Competition 2020.

June 2020 Zach’s paper on Conjugated molecules for colourimetric and fluorimetric sensing of sodium and potassium is now online in Materials Chemistry Frontiers; available open access here. Well done Zach!

May 2020 Zach’s paper on Semiconducting Small Molecules as Active Materials for p‐Type Accumulation Mode Organic Electrochemical Transistors has been published in Advanced Electronic Materials; read it here. Great to see this work out!

April 2020  Congratulations to Zach and Roman – their paper on Glycolated Thiophene‐Tetrafluorophenylene Copolymers for Bioelectronic Applications has been recognised as one of the most read in ChemPlusChem in 2018-2019. You can read the paper here.


March 2020  Great contributions to the annual QMUL Chemistry Poster Session from our 3rd and 4th year project students. Big congratulations to Philisha, who won Best MSci Poster!

March 2020  1st year (Will) and 3rd year (Christina and Pete) PhD talks successfully delivered, well done all – and congratulations to Christina for best talk award, again!

January 2020  Christian gave a talk at innoLAE 2020, the 6th annual Innovations in Large-Area Electronics Conference held in Cambridge.

January 2020  Christina visited the group of Professor Sahika Inal at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia.

January 2020  Christian participated in a Global Research Collaboration Initiative between Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN), Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP) and QMUL at the UDLAP campus in Puebla, Mexico.

January 2020  Congratulations to Pete and Zach, who both have been awarded researcher mobility grants from the Royal Society of Chemistry for short term scientific visits overseas.

December 2019  Another successful MRI Christmas Symposium; Wenxi and Will presented posters and Christina gave a talk for which she won the Best Talk Prize.

December 2019  Christian gave a talk at the MRS Fall Meeting in Boston.

October 2019 We said goodbye to Lorena, who spent a year as a postdoc in the group. We will miss her and her mastery of highly electron-deficient molecules.

October 2019 Congratulations to Frini for passing her MRes with Distinction following her research project on organic bioelectronics. We hope to keep in touch as Frini moves to the School of Physics and Astronomy at QMUL for her PhD studies.

October 2019 Our collaborative work with Imperial College and Institut Laue-Langevin is now online. Learn more about the structural dynamics of P3HT here.

October 2019 Welcome to Wenxi Huang, who joins the group as a postgraduate Master’s student working on organic bioelectronics.

October 2019 William gave a talk on his MSc research project at the QMUL-Sichuan Joint Research Symposium.

September 2019 Congratulations to William for passing his MSc with Distinction following his research project on organic thermoelectrics. We are pleased to have William continuing in the group as a PhD student.

August 2019 We said goodbye to Jorge, who spent nearly two years as a postdoc in the group. Thanks for all the hard work, the excellent advice and the clever lab tricks!

August 2019 Christian gave an invited talk at the SPIE Optics + Photonics Annual Meeting in San Diego.

August 2019 We have been awarded an MRC-KHIDI UK-Korea Partnering Award to work with Professor Yoon at GIST on bioelectronic materials and devices.

August 2019 Christina gave a talk on conjugated polymers for biological sensing at the first Chemistry International Summer School at QMUL.

July 2019 Congratulations to Yasser, who has been awarded the D. C. Bradley Prize for Project Work in Inorganic/Materials Chemistry for his project on Energy Harvesting with Conjugated Polymers carried out in the group.

July 2019 Pete gave a talk at the 3rd QMUL-NPU PhD Summer School and Workshop established through the partnership between QMUL and Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi’an, China.

July 2019 It was great to see the Nielsen Lab strongly represented at the 14th International Conference on Materials Chemistry in Birmingham with Christina presenting a poster and Zach and Jorge both giving talks!

July 2019 Zach and Roman’s paper on Glycolated Thiophene‐Tetrafluorophenylene Copolymers for Bioelectronic Applications has been published in ChemPlusChem as part of their special issue on π-Conjugated (Macro)molecules and their Applications; read it here. Well done guys!

June 2019 Christian gave a talk on organic bioelectronics from a molecular design perspective at the Academy of Medical Sciences’ annual Springboard Award Holders Event in London.

June 2019 Well done to Pete, who gave his first talk at an international conference at the 15th International Conference on Organic Electronics in Hasselt, Belgium.

June 2019 Most of the group attended the Centre for Plastic Electronics Annual Symposium at Imperial College and Christina and Pete presented posters.

June 2019 Zach and Zhijie’s book chapter on Conjugated Polymers for n- and p-Type Charge Transport has been published as part of the Handbook of Conducting Polymers, now in its fourth edition. Link to chapter here. For more information, please get in touch.

May 2019 Jorge participated in the 2nd Chem East Organic Symposium at University of East Anglia.

May 2019 A group outing for the annual Pint of Science Festival took us to Brixton for interesting talks on organic materials, women in science, our energy future and soft robotics.

April 2019 Christian participated in a GCRF-funded workshop on Renewable Energy Production and Storage from Waste Biomass in Surabaya, Indonesia.

April 2019 The group was strongly represented at the 5th London Polymer Group Symposium held at the University of Kent.

April 2019 Well done to Yasser, who gave a talk on his MSci project at the British Conference for Undergraduate Research (BCUR 2019) at the University of South Wales.

March 2019 Christina and Lorena attended the Women in Chemistry 2019 conference at the University of Nottingham in celebration of International Women’s Day.

March 2019 We have received funding from the Faculty of Science and Engineering at QMUL to buy a gel permeation chromatography system.

February 2019 Christian gave an invited talk at the KAUST Research Conference on “New Trends in Biosensors and Bioelectronics” in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.

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February 2019 Zach visited Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he spent a week in Jonathan Rivnay’s labs testing the performance of our new materials in organic electrochemical transistors.

January 2019 Christian gave an invited talk at Imperial College’s Centre for Plastic Electronics Winter School in Bergün, Switzerland.

January 2019  Our review on organic semiconductors for biological sensing is now online. Well done Jorge and Christina!

December 2018  Great to see the group strongly represented at the MRI Christmas Symposium here at QMUL with Pete giving a talk and Christina and Jorge presenting posters. The day ended very nicely with Christina receiving the Best Poster Prize – congratulations!

November 2018  Well done to Zach, who gave his first talk at an international conference, presenting his work on small molecule OECT materials at the MRS fall 2018 meeting in Boston.

November 2018  Christian visited Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi’an, China and gave a talk at the 2018 Sino-UK Symposium on Advanced Materials and Structures.

November 2018  Pete and Jorge both presented posters at the London Polymer Group’s annual meeting at King’s College. Pete also presented his work at the CAM-IES science day in Cambridge and Jorge presented at the RSC Materials Chemistry Division Poster Symposium at Burlington House.

November 2018  Congratulations to Zach, who has been awarded a travel grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry to go to the MRS meeting in Boston later this year.

October 2018  Welcome to Frini Taifakou and William Neal, who join the group as postgraduate Master’s students and to Yasser Zaffar, who is carrying out his 4th year MSci project in the group.

September 2018  Pete presented a poster on his recent work on polythiophene copolymers at the JUICED Energy Hub Post Graduate Research Symposium at UCL.

September 2018  Welcome to Lorena Alonso Marañón, who is joining the group as a postdoc funded by EPSRC to work on improving the performance of organic electronics.

August 2018  Christian gave invited talks at the 256th ACS National Meeting in Boston and the SPIE Optics + Photonics Annual Meeting in San Diego.

July 2018  Our collaborative work with the Sirringhaus group is now online. Read it here: Performance Improvements in Conjugated Polymer Devices by Removal of Water‐Induced Traps!

July 2018  Welcome to Vera He, who is spending two months in our labs making new bioelectronic polymers before she starts her undergraduate studies in the autumn.

June 2018  Christian gave invited talks at the 2nd International Organic Electronics Workshop held at UCAS Beijing and at the 14th International Conference on Organic Electronics in Bordeaux. First encounter with a cartoonist (@nais_coq)!

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June 2018  Welcome to Roman Halaksa, who is a visiting PhD student from Brno University of Technology. Roman will spend the next three months in our labs working on new polymers for bioelectronic applications.

June 2018  Our work in collaboration with Henning Sirringhaus’s group at the University of Cambridge on improving polymer OFET performance has been accepted for publication in Advanced Materials. Well done Zhijie!

April 2018  We have received funding from EPSRC to work on additive-stabilised polymer electronics in collaboration with Henning Sirringhaus at the University of Cambridge.

March 2018  Asha and Hussain presented posters on their MSci work and Christina and Pete gave first year PhD talks. Well done all!

March 2018  Zach presented a poster covering his work on organic semiconductors for bioelectronic applications at the BioEl Winter School in Austria.

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January 2018  Welcome to Christina Kousseff and Dr Jorge Borges-González, who join the Nielsen Lab as a PhD student and postdoc, respectively!

January 2018  It’s been a pleasure sharing a lab with the Schroeder Group over the last year and a half. We wish them all the best in their new endeavours at UCL!

December 2017  Schroeder-Nielsen Christmas Dinner; thanks to Zilu and Meng for organising – and cooking our food!

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December 2017  Zach gave a talk at the MRI Christmas Symposium at QMUL.

December 2017  Christian gave an invited talk at a CPE Symposium on Organic and Hybrid Materials for Bio and Healthcare Applications at Imperial College London.

November 2017  Christian gave a talk at the MRS Fall Meeting in Boston.

September 2017  Welcome to Pete Finn and Hussain Thoha, who join the Nielsen Lab as a PhD and MSci student, respectively!

September 2017  Welcome to Dr Meng Wang, who joins the Nielsen Lab as the first postdoc in the group!

August 2017  We say goodbye to Benjamin, who returns to France after spending four months in our lab. Au revoir!


July 2017  We have been awarded £15,000 from the Royal Society.

July 2017  Christian gave a talk at the 13th International Conference on Materials Chemistry in Liverpool.

June 2017  Christian gave talks at the International Symposium of Materials Horizons held at ICCAS, Beijing and at Fpi13 held at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

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May 2017  Zach presented a poster at the MRI Spring Symposium.

May 2017  Christian gave a talk at the E-MRS meeting in Strasbourg.

May 2017  We have been awarded £99,924 from the Academy of Medical Sciences to develop organic bioelectronic sensors for epilepsy diagnosis.

May 2017  Christian attended the launch of the Centre for Advanced Materials for Integrated Energy Systems (CAM-IES) at the Maxwell Centre in Cambridge which brought together the CAM-IES Co-Investigators and industry project partners, including CDT, Shell, Johnson Matthey, Deregallera, Eight19 and ARM.

April 2017  Helen presented her MSc work at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR) at Bournemouth University; read the full report here.


April 2017  The whole group attended the 3rd London Polymer Group Symposium at Imperial College and Christian gave an invited talk.


April 2017  Welcome to Benjamin Poggi, who is visiting from University of Paris-Saclay and will be working in our labs for the next four months!

March 2017  Christian is now a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.

March 2017  Christian gave a talk at the BioEl2017 International Winterschool on Bioelectronics in Austria.

February 2017  It was a busy day in the group with Helen and Ellasia presenting posters on their MSci projects and Zach and Zhijie giving their 1st year PhD talks. Well done all!


January 2017  We are now part of the £2M Centre for Advanced Materials for Integrated Energy Systems (CAM-IES) in collaboration with Cambridge, UCL and Newcastle University funded by EPSRC (link).

November 2016  Christian gave a research seminar at Nottingham Trent University.

October 2016  Welcome to our two new MSci students, Ellasia Tan and Helen Balogun. Helen is jointly supervised by Dr Matteo Palma and myself.

October 2016  Welcome to Zachary Parr, who joins the group as a PhD student!

October 2016  Welcome to Zhijie Guo, who joins the group as a PhD student on a CSC scholarship!

September 2016  Christian gave a talk at RAMS 2016, a conference for recent appointees in materials science, at Lancaster University.