Subject: Material Sciences
Department: Cavendish Laboratory
Professor Russell J. Holmes completed his BSc (Honours) in Physics at the University of Manitoba in Canada. He completed his MA and PhD in Electrical Engineering at Princeton University in the United States, working on blue and white phosphorescent light-emitting devices and strong light-matter interactions in optical microcavities using organic semiconductors. He joined the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota as an Assistant Professor in 2006. He now holds the rank of Professor and Distinguished University Teaching Professor, and since 2013 has also served as Director of Graduate Studies for Materials Science and Engineering.
His group researches the optoelectronic characterisation of organic and hybrid organic-inorganic semiconductors, as well as the application of these materials in light-emitting devices and solar cells. Recently, his group has been particularly interested in understanding and engineering energy transport at the nanoscale for application in organic solar cells. Professor Holmes is spending his sabbatical leave in the Department of Physics at the University of Cambridge, where he is a Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor.