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Dr Oliver Fenwick

Royal Society University Research Fellow and proleptic Lecturer /
Research Fellow

Department School of Engineering and Materials Science
 Room 312, SEMS
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 3150

Research Interests

Dr Fenwick received his BA and MSci degrees in Experimental and Theoretical Physics from Jesus College, University of Cambridge in 2002. After graduation he worked as a Systems Engineer at BAE SYSTEMS until joining University College London where he completed a PhD (2007) in near-field microscopy and lithography of organic semiconductors. He continued as a postdoctoral researcher at UCL focusing on the development of materials for organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) before moving to the Institut de Science et d'Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (I.S.I.S.) at the University of Strasbourg where he won a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship to study the functionalization of electrodes for organic field-effect transistors. 

Dr Fenwick started at Queen Mary in 2015 as a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Lecturer in Materials Science where his research is focused on materials for organic thermoelectric devices.


Mohankumar M, Chattopadhyay B, Hadji R, Sanguinet L, Kennedy AR, Lemaur V, Cornil J, FENWICK OJ, Samorì P and Geerts Y (2018). Oxacycle fused [1]benzothieno[3,2-b][1]benzothiophene derivatives: synthesis, electronic structure, electrochemical properties, ionisation potential, and crystal structure. Wiley  Chemphyschem  10.1002/cplu.201800346

Burton MR, Liu T, McGettrick J, Mehraban S, Baker J, Pockett A, Watson T, Fenwick O and Carnie MJ (2018). Thin Film Tin Selenide (SnSe) Thermoelectric Generators Exhibiting Ultralow Thermal Conductivity. Adv Mater  vol. 30, (31) 10.1002/adma.201801357

ZHANG D, PAPAIOANNOU N, David NM, LUO H, GAO H, Tanase LC, Degousee T, Samori P, SAPELKIN A, FENWICK O, TITIRICI M and KRAUSE SK (2018). Photoelectrochemical response of carbon dots (CDs) derived from chitosan and their use in electrochemical imaging. Rsc  Materials Horizons  10.1039/c7mh00784a

Bilotti E, Fenwick O, Schroeder BC, Baxendale M, Taroni-Junior P, Degousée T and Liu Z (2018). Organic thermoelectric composites materials. Comprehensive Composite Materials II  10.1016/B978-0-12-803581-8.10344-3


Taroni PJ, SANTAGIULIANA G, WAN K, Calado P, QIU M, ZHANG H, PUGNO N, PALMA M, Stingelin-Stutzmann N, Heeney M, FENWICK O, BAXENDALE M and BILOTTI E (2017). Toward Stretchable Self-Powered Sensors Based on the Thermoelectric Response of PEDOT:PSS/Polyurethane Blends. Wiley  Advanced Functional Materials  10.1002/27.07.2017

Bilotti E, FENWICK OJ, Schroeder BC, Baxendale M, Taroni Junior P, Degousee T and Liu Z (2017). Organic Thermoelectric Composites Materials. Comprehensive Composite Materials II , Editors: Zweben CH and Beaumont PWR. 10.1016/B978-0-12-803581-8.10024-4

FENWICK OJ and Orgiu E (2017). Non-conventional charge transport in organic semiconductors: magnetoresistance and thermoelectricity. Royal Society of Chemistry  Molecular Systems Design and Engineering  47-56. 10.1039/c6me00079g


Fenwick O, Coutiño-Gonzalez E, Grandjean D, Baekelant W, Richard F, Bonacchi S, De Vos D, Lievens P, Roeffaers M, Hofkens J and Samorì P (2016). Tuning the energetics and tailoring the optical properties of silver clusters confined in zeolites. Nature Materials  10.1038/nmat4652

Jonckheere D, Coutino-Gonzalez E, Baekelant W, Bueken B, Reinsch H, Stassen I, Fenwick O, Richard F, Samorì P, Ameloot R, Hofkens J, Roeffaers MBJ and De Vos DE (2016). Silver-induced reconstruction of an adeninate-based metal-organic framework for encapsulation of luminescent adenine-stabilized silver clusters. J Mater Chem C Mater  vol. 4, (19) 4259-4268. 10.1039/c6tc00260a

Bizzarri C, Fléchon C, FENWICK OJ, Cacialli F, Polo F, Galvez-Lopez MD, Yang C-H, Scintilla S, Sun Y, Frohlich R and De Cola L (2016). Luminescent Neutral Cu(I) Complexes: Synthesis, Characterization and Application in Solution-Processed OLED. Ecs  Ecs Journal of Solid State Science and Technology  vol. 5, (6) R83-R90. 10.1149/2.0021606jss

Ruzié C, Karpinska J, Laurent A, Sanguinet L, Hunter S, Anthopoulos TD, Lemaur V, Cornil J, Kennedy AR, Fenwick O, Samorì P, Schweicher G, Chattopadhyay B and Geerts YH (2016). Design, synthesis, chemical stability, packing, cyclic voltammetry, ionisation potential, and charge transport of [1]benzothieno[3,2-: B] [1]benzothiophene derivatives. Journal of Materials Chemistry C  vol. 4, (22) 4863-4879. 10.1039/c6tc01409g


Li P, Di Stasio F, Eda G, Fenwick O, McDonnell SO, Anderson HL, Chhowalla M and Cacialli F (2015). Luminescent properties of a water-soluble conjugated polymer incorporating graphene-oxide quantum dots. Chemphyschem  vol. 16, (6) 1258-1262. 10.1002/cphc.201402744

Tregnago G, Steckler TT, Fenwick O, Andersson MR and Cacialli F (2015). Thia- and selena-diazole containing polymers for near-infrared light-emitting diodes. Journal of Materials Chemistry C  vol. 3, (12) 2792-2797. 10.1039/c5tc00118h

Fenwick O, Van Dyck C, Murugavel K, Cornil D, Reinders F, Haar S, Mayor M, Cornil J and Samorì P (2015). Modulating the charge injection in organic field-effect transistors: Fluorinated oligophenyl self-assembled monolayers for high work function electrodes. Journal of Materials Chemistry C  vol. 3, (13) 3007-3015. 10.1039/c5tc00243e


Masillamani AM, Osella S, Liscio A, Fenwick O, Reinders F, Mayor M, Palermo V, Cornil J and Samorì P (2014). Light-induced reversible modification of the work function of a new perfluorinated biphenyl azobenzene chemisorbed on Au (111). Nanoscale  vol. 6, (15) 8969-8977. 10.1039/c4nr01880j

Steckler TT, Lee MJ, Chen Z, Fenwick O, Andersson MR, Cacialli F and Sirringhaus H (2014). Multifunctional materials for OFETs, LEFETs and NIR PLEDs. Journal of Materials Chemistry C  vol. 2, (26) 5133-5141. 10.1039/c4tc00342j


Steckler TT, Fenwick O, Lockwood T, Andersson MR and Cacialli F (2013). Near-infrared polymer light-emitting diodes based on low-energy gap oligomers copolymerized into a high-gap polymer host. Macromol Rapid Commun  vol. 34, (12) 990-996. 10.1002/marc.201300240

Kervyn S, Fenwick O, Di Stasio F, Shin YS, Wouters J, Accorsi G, Osella S, Beljonne D, Cacialli F and Bonifazi D (2013). Polymorphism, fluorescence, and optoelectronic properties of a borazine derivative. Chemistry  vol. 19, (24) 7771-7779. 10.1002/chem.201204598

Stas S, Balandier JY, Lemaur V, Fenwick O, Tregnago G, Quist F, Cacialli F, Cornil J and Geerts YH (2013). Straightforward access to diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP) dimers. Dyes and Pigments  vol. 97, (1) 198-208. 10.1016/j.dyepig.2012.12.005

Crivillers N, Osella S, Van Dyck C, Lazzerini GM, Cornil D, Liscio A, Di Stasio F, Mian S, Fenwick O, Reinders F, Neuburger M, Treossi E, Mayor M, Palermo V, Cacialli F, Cornil J and Samorì P (2013). Large work function shift of gold induced by a novel perfluorinated azobenzene-based self-assembled monolayer. Adv Mater  vol. 25, (3) 432-436. 10.1002/adma.201201737

Fenwick O, Fusco S, Baig TN, Di Stasio F, Steckler TT, Henriksson P, Fléchon C, Andersson MR and Cacialli F (2013). Efficient red electroluminescence from diketopyrrolopyrrole copolymerised with a polyfluorene. Apl Materials  vol. 1, (3) 10.1063/1.4820433


Ding M, Fenwick O, Di Stasio F, Ou JY, Sessions N, Jung Y, Cacialli F and Brambilla G (2012). Efficient light confinement with nanostructured optical microfiber tips. Optics Communications  vol. 285, (23) 4688-4697. 10.1016/j.optcom.2012.05.006

Tolk M, Fenwick O, Ahmad S and Cacialli F (2012). The influence of the substrate thermal conductivity on scanning thermochemical lithography. Journal of Applied Physics  vol. 111, (12) 10.1063/1.4729809

Fenwick O, Oliver K and Cacialli F (2012). Cross-linking of a poly(3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene):(polystyrene sulfonic acid) hole injection layer with a bis-azide salt and the effect of atmospheric processing conditions on device properties. Applied Physics Letters  vol. 100, (5) 10.1063/1.3680606


Crivillers N, Liscio A, Di Stasio F, Van Dyck C, Osella S, Cornil D, Mian S, Lazzerini GM, Fenwick O, Orgiu E, Reinders F, Braun S, Fahlman M, Mayor M, Cornil J, Palermo V, Cacialli F and Samorì P (2011). Photoinduced work function changes by isomerization of a densely packed azobenzene-based SAM on Au: a joint experimental and theoretical study. Phys Chem Chem Phys  vol. 13, (32) 14302-14310. 10.1039/c1cp20851a

Li P, Fenwick O, Yilmaz S, Breusov D, Caruana DJ, Allard S, Scherf U and Cacialli F (2011). Dual functions of a novel low-gap polymer for near infra-red photovoltaics and light-emitting diodes. Chem Commun (Camb)  vol. 47, (31) 8820-8822. 10.1039/c1cc12752g

Fenwick O, Sprafke JK, Binas J, Kondratuk DV, Di Stasio F, Anderson HL and Cacialli F (2011). Linear and cyclic porphyrin hexamers as near-infrared emitters in organic light-emitting diodes. Nano Lett  vol. 11, (6) 2451-2456. 10.1021/nl2008778

De Luca G, Pisula W, Credgington D, Treossi E, Fenwick O, Lazzerini GM, Dabirian R, Orgiu E, Liscio A, Palermo V, Müllen K, Cacialli F and Samorì P (2011). Non-conventional processing and post-processing methods for the nanostructuring of conjugated materials for organic electronics. Advanced Functional Materials  vol. 21, (7) 1279-1295. 10.1002/adfm.201001769

Liscio A, Palermo V, Fenwick O, Braun S, Müllen K, Fahlman M, Cacialli F and Samorí P (2011). Local surface potential of ?-conjugated nanostructures by Kelvin probe force microscopy: effect of the sampling depth. Small  vol. 7, (5) 634-639. 10.1002/smll.201001770


Credgington D, Fenwick O, Charas A, Morgado J, Suhling K and Cacialli F (2010). High-resolution scanning near-field optical lithography of conjugated polymers. Advanced Functional Materials  vol. 20, (17) 2842-2847. 10.1002/adfm.201000202

Winroth G, Fenwick O, Scott MA, Yip D, Howorka S and Cacialli F (2010). Interfacial dipole dynamics of light-emitting diodes incorporating a poly(amidoamine) dendrimer monolayer. Applied Physics Letters  vol. 97, (4) 10.1063/1.3459964

Brovelli S, Guan H, Winroth G, Fenwick O, Di Stasio F, Daik R, Feast WJ, Meinardi F and Cacialli F (2010). White luminescence from single-layer devices of nonresonant polymer blends. Applied Physics Letters  vol. 96, (21) 10.1063/1.3387816

Schwartz E, Lim E, Gowda CM, Liscio A, Fenwick O, Tu G, Palermo V, De Gelder R, Cornelissen JJLM, Van Eck ERH, Kentgens APM, Cacialli F, Nolte RJM, Samorì P, Huck WTS and Rowan AE (2010). Synthesis, characterization, and surface initiated polymerization of carbazole functionalized isocyanides. Chemistry of Materials  vol. 22, (8) 2597-2607. 10.1021/cm903664g

Brovelli S, Meinardi F, Winroth G, Fenwick O, Sforazzini G, Frampton MJ, Zalewski L, Levitt JA, Marinello F, Schiavuta P, Suhling K, Anderson HL and Cacialli F (2010). White electroluminescence by supramolecular control of energy transfer in blends of organic-soluble encapsulated polyfluorenes. Advanced Functional Materials  vol. 20, (2) 272-280. 10.1002/adfm.200901764


Fenwick O, Bozec L, Credgington D, Hammiche A, Lazzerini GM, Silberberg YR and Cacialli F (2009). Thermochemical nanopatterning of organic semiconductors. Nat Nanotechnol  vol. 4, (10) 664-668. 10.1038/nnano.2009.254


Brovelli S, Latini G, Frampton MJ, McDonnell SO, Oddy FE, Fenwick O, Anderson HL and Cacialli F (2008). Tuning intrachain versus interchain photophysics via control of the threading ratio of conjugated polyrotaxanes. Nano Lett  vol. 8, (12) 4546-4551. 10.1021/nl802775a

Charas A, Alves H, Martinho JMG, Alcácer L, Fenwick O, Cacialli F and Morgado J (2008). Photoacid cross-linkable polyfluorenes for optoelectronics applications. Synthetic Metals  vol. 158, (16) 643-653. 10.1016/j.synthmet.2008.02.016


Ambrosio A, Fenwick O, Cacialli F, Micheletto R, Kawakami Y, Gucciardi PG, Kang DJ and Allegrini M (2006). Shape dependent thermal effects in apertured fiber probes for scanning near-field optical microscopy. Journal of Applied Physics  vol. 99, (8) 10.1063/1.2188250


Gucciardi PG, Pata¿ S, Ambrosio A, Allegrini M, Downes AD, Latini G, Fenwick O and Cacialli F (2005). Observation of tip-to-sample heat transfer in near-field optical microscopy using metal-coated fiber probes. Applied Physics Letters  vol. 86, (20) 1-3. 10.1063/1.1929877

Latini G, Downes A, Fenwick O, Ambrosio A, Allegrini M, Daniel C, Silva C, Gucciardi PG, Pata¿ S, Daik R, Feast WJ and Cacialli F (2005). Optical probing of sample heating in scanning near-field experiments with apertured probes. Applied Physics Letters  vol. 86, (1) 10.1063/1.1842860



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