Chemistry

Department staff

Dr Iain A Wright MRSC FHEA

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Dr Wright graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2007 (MSci Chemistry) and remained at Strathclyde to complete his PhD advised by Professor Peter Skabara. He was awarded the Professor David Sherrington FRS prize for his thesis "End-Capped Oligothiophene Dimers Incorporating TTF, Metal Dithiolene and Spirocentric Cores”.

In April 2011 he began his first postdoctoral appointment in the group of Professors Ed Constable and Catherine Housecroft at the Universität Basel, Switzerland where he focussed on the synthesis of crown ether and EDTA derivatives whcih were incorporated into ion-sensitive field effect transistors and coordination complexes for incorporation into solar cells and light-emitting electrochemical cells. 

Then in August 2013 he returned to the UK for a second postdoctoral appointment with Professor Martin Bryce at Durham University synthesising short oligomers of electron-rich and electron-poor heterocycles for organic light emitting devices exploiting exciplex emission, delayed fluorescence and room temperature phosphorescence.  

He was appointed as a Lecturer in Chemistry at Loughborough University in November 2016.

Research focusses upon the implications of three-dimensional shape on molecular material properties. In the context of organic electronics this is to optimise parameters such as charge transport in organic field effect transistors, absorption of sunlight and reducing recombination in organic solar cells, and improving quantum efficiencies and colour tuning in organic light emitting devices.

We perform the synthesis of new organic and organometallic molecules with structures ranging from completely 2D to truly 3D and study their properties using electrochemical and photophysical experiments and microscopy.

Research Keywords:

  • Organic electronics
  • Coordination chemistry
  • Heterocyclic chemistry
  • Electrochemistry
  • Photophysics

Module Leader:

  • CMC003 Physical Chemistry Advanced

I also teach on

  • CMB105 Energetics and Equilibria II: Surfaces and Interfaces
  • CMB107 Chemistry Option: Polymer Chemistry
  • CMC003 Physical Chemistry Advanced: Electrochemistry
  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy