Dr Patrick Parkinson

Lecturer in Photonic Materials

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Dr Parkinson is a lecturer in Photonic Materials, and part of the Photon Physics group based in the Photon Science Institute. His research is aligned with the 'Atoms to Devices' theme of the Hentry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials.


Dr Parkinson read for his MPhys degree at Brasenose College, Oxford (awarded in 2005). He joined the research group of Prof. Laura Herz in the Condensed Matter Physics sub-department at the University of Oxford for postgraduate study on ultrafast spectroscopy of organic semiconductor materials. In 2009 he received his DPhil for his thesis entitled ‘Ultrafast Electronic Processes at Nanoscale Organic-Inorganic Semiconductor Interfaces’. In 2009 he moved to the group of Prof. Michael Johnston also at the University of Oxford to pursue post-doctoral research using terahertz spectroscopy techniques to investigate optoelectronic nanomaterials.


In 2010, Dr Parkinson took a postdoctoral research position in Electronic Materials Engineering at the Australian National University (Canberra, Australia) under Prof. Chenupatti Jagadish, where he set up an optical spectroscopy sub-group in a large materials science group focused on nanoscale optoelectronic materials. While there, he was awarded an Australian Research Council ‘Discovery Project’ grant to study ultrafast switching devices based on nanowire materials. In 2013, he returned to the UK to a postdoctoral research position in Oxford using ultrafast spectroscopy to study bio-mimetic molecules synthesised by Prof. Harry Anderson, before joining the Photon Physics group in the School of Physics and Astronomy and the Photon Science Institute at the University of Manchester in January 2015.

External positions

Visiting Academic, Oxford University

1 Jan 2015 → …

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2009 - Doctor of Philosophy, Ultrafast spectroscopy of nanoscale organic-inorganic interfaces, Oxford University (2005 - 2008)

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