Nanotechnology and Functional Materials



Principal Investigators






Paul Stavrinou

Associate Professor of Engineering Science, University of Oxford


Professors Stavrinou research soluble semiconductor materials, devices and applications (including flexible and printable electronics, optoelectronics and photonics).


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Mark Moloney

Professor of Chemistry, University of Oxford


Professor Moloney's research interests are concerned with the application of organic chemistry for the synthesis of biologically relevant compounds and the functionalisation of the surfaces of materials



Mauro Pasta

Professor of Materials, University of Oxford

Mauro is an Associate Professor in the Department of Materials at the University of Oxford, and a Tutorial in St. Edmund Hall. Throughout his career, Mauro has focused on creating new materials with the performance and durability to enable next-generation clean energy technologies. His research currently centers on several key strategies to bring about step-change improvements to electrochemical energy storage






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Dr. Huang Jingsong / Prof Paul Stavrinou’s group

Dr. Huang, Co-PI in Professor Paul Stavrunuo’s group, has a 20-year track record of research activities in leading universities and industries. His specialty is plastic semiconducting materials and devices, especially in the application research of photovoltaics and light emitting diodes (LEDs).



Senior Research  Scientist


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Dr. Lin Jie/Prof Donal Bradley

The research direction focuses on microcavity organic/nanodevices & physics, and is commited to constructing an optical resonant cavity suitable for high-efficiency electrical injection based on amorphous thin film devices. Dr. Lin received his PhD from CIOMP and worked in SKLA since July 2011 until Mar 2021. He has presided a number of  NSFC projects.





Research  Scientist





Dr. Wang Dandan/Prof Mark G. Moloney

Dr. Wang focuses on the surface modification of materials using carbenes in OSCAR, in order to introduce a variety of properties onto a diversity of materials. In particular, her research aims at the development of polymerization of biscarbene systems, and the introduction of thermal responsive, wetting, adhesion or biocidal behaviors to polymer and protein surfaces.   






Dr. Kamran Khan /Prof Mark G. Moloney

Dr. Kamran Khan received his master’s in chemistry from Kohat University of Science & Technology in 2011. He taught Chemistry at Peshawar Model School & College from 2011-2013. He received his PhD in Biochemical Engineering from Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2017. His doctoral research focused on green material functionalization and its application for protein purification. Dr. Khan worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University from 2018-2019. In his postdoc he mainly worked on material functionalization and its application for protein, polyphenols and water purification. Dr. Khan Joined OSCAR in September 2019.




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Dr. Xiaosong Liu / Prof. Mark Moloney’s group

Dr. Xiaosong Liu joined OSCAR in December 2021 as a Research Scientist in Prof. Mark Moloney’s group. He achieved his two PhDs majoring in Textile Science and Engineering in 2015 at Donghua University (China) and in Mechanical Engineering in 2021 at Villanova University (USA) respectively. His PhD work in Textile Science and Engineering was focused on deep-colouring mechanism of non-cross-sectional fibre and its fabrics, exploring lipase enzyme surface modification and characterization on colour changes via polarization image processing techniques. Then, he switched to another area of PhD work, focusing mostly on the organic phase change materials nano-capsules for thermal energy storage applications. Xiaosong is familiar with polymer, graphene quantum dots and silver nanoparticle synthesis, purification, and functionalization.

During his work here, Xiaosong will mainly focus on the carbene surface chemistry applied on natural/bio-based polymer modification and its applications.





Dr. Yun Hu/Paul Stavrinou’s group

Yun Hu received his PhD in Soochow University in July 2020. His research focuses on organic semiconductor devices and their properties, including carrier injection, transportation, recombination, and energy levels. His research work now is about organic photodetectors and near-infrared organic light-emitting diodes.





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Dr. Chenbo Wang/Prof.Mauro Pasta’s group

He obtained MPhil in Nuclear Energy at the University of Cambridge and DPhil in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Oxford. His research focus on photo-electrochemistry and semiconductor-electrolyte interface.




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Dr. Peng Tang / Prof. Mauro Pasta's group

Peng joined the OSCAR family in December of 2022 as a research scientist in Prof. Mauro Pasta’s group. Peng’s project in OSCAR will focus on developing low-loading Pt/Ir electrocatalysts for green hydrogen production by water splitting, especially studying the synthesis and characterisation of Ir nanoparticles and single sites and their catalytic properties for the oxygen evolution reaction. Before joining OSCAR, Peng defended his doctoral degree at the University of Oxford in November of 2022 under the supervision of Prof. Mauro Pasta. His DPhil project at the Department of Materials in Oxford investigates the structure-property relationship of Pt single-site electrocatalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction.



Research Technician


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Geng He/ Prof. Donal Bradley‘s group

Geng He’s research work at OSCAR is the design and fabrication of organic semiconductor material microcavity laser. He got the master’s degree from School of Optoelectronic Science and Engineering, Soochow University in 2020. During the study period, he participated the joint training project of Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics (SINANO), Chinese Academy of Sciences, and conducted research on third-generation semiconductor material microcavity laser, including device fabrication, characterization and related optical simulation.





Tao Wenwen/ Prof. Donal Bradley's group

Tao Wenwen’s research work at OSCAR is the development and application of fully-solution processed organic light-emitting diodes. She got her master’s degree from Soochow University as an Excellent Graduate in 2020. She was engaged in design and synthesis of thermally activated delayed fluorescence emitters and their application on organic light-emitting diodes.


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Dewan Wang / Prof. Paul Stavrinou’s group

Dewan Wang joined OSCAR on July 4th, 2022, as a Research Technician in OSCAR’s Optoelectronic Technology Laboratory. He has extensive industry experience in film coating technology, including defects identification, troubleshooting, material utilization, yield improvement and operation process standardization etc. He is familiar with the design, commissioning and upgrading of coating equipment for pilot and industrial production lines.



Research Assistant


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Yixuan Guo / Prof. Mauro Pasta’s group

Yixuan Guo received his master’s degree in polymer chemistry and physics from Fudan University in 2022, where he focused on the research of the electrode materials of aqueous zinc-ion batteries. His current research work in OSCAR focuses on the electrochemistry of next-generation clean energy technologies including water electrolysis and lithium-ion batteries.



Lab Assistant


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Chen Xinxin/ Prof.Mauro Pasta’s group

He worked in CAS's Ningbo Materials Institute as a senior technician for over four years. He has extensive experience in glove box and battery assembly-line operation, management and maintenance.