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Professor Henning Sirringhaus

Professor Henning Sirringhaus

Hitachi Professor of Electron Device Physics

Head of Microelectronics and Optoelectronics Group

Fellow of Churchill College


Hitachi Professor of Electron Device Physics
Room 520, Microelectronics Research Centre
Cavendish Laboratory
JJ Thomson Avenue

Cambridge CB3 0HE
Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 337556 (PA)


Henning Sirringhaus holds the Hitachi Professorship of Electron Device Physics at the Cavendish Laboratory. He has an undergraduate and PhD degree in physics from ETH Zürich (CH). From 1995-1996 he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Princeton University (USA). He has been working in Cambridge in the field of charge transport in organic semiconductors and their application in field-effect transistors since 1997. In 2000 he co-founded Plastic Logic Ltd., a technology start-up company commercialising printed organic transistor technology.

Research Interests

I am interested in scientific understanding of the charge and spin transport and photophysics of organic semiconductors as well as solution-processible inorganic semiconductors. Organic semiconductors show a rich variety of transport phenomena which are not exhibited by conventional inorganic semiconductors such as silicon. Understanding of transport on the molecular scale requires sophisticated experimental techniques, and we have developed a broad range of electrical transport, optical spectroscopy, and scanning probe techniques to characterize these processes. I am also interested in high-resolution printing based fabrication of organic devices and applications of these materials in device applications, such as field-effect transistors and solar cells.

Key Publications

‘Two-dimensional charge transport in self-organised, high-mobility conjugated polymers’. H. Sirringhaus, P.J. Brown, R.H. Friend, M.M. Nielsen, K. Bechgaard, B.M.W. Langeveld-Voss, A.J.H. Spiering, R.A.J. Janssen, E.W. Meijer, P. Herwig, D.M. de Leeuw. Nature, 401, 685 (1999).

‘General observation of n-type field-effect behaviour in organic semiconductors’. LL. Chua, J. Zaumseil, J.F. Chang, E. Ou, P. Ho, H. Sirringhaus, R.H. Friend. Nature, 434, 194 (2005)

‘Measurement of molecular motion in organic semiconductors by thermal diffuse electron scattering’  S. Eggeman, S. Illig, A. Troisi, H. Sirringhaus, P.A. Midgley, Nature Materials, 12, 1044 (2013).                                                   

‘Organic Field-Effect Transistors - The Path Beyond Amorphous Silicon’ (review article). H. Sirringhaus. Advanced Materials 26, 1319 (2014).

‘Polaron spin current transport in organic semiconductors’. S. Watanabe, K. Ando, K. Kang, S. Mooser, Y. Vaynzof, H. Kurebayashi, E. Saitoh, H. Sirringhaus. Nature Physics, Advance Online Publication (2014).