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Sir Richard Friend (Photo: by Patrik Tschudin, This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license)

Sir Richard Friend, Cavendish Professor of Physics, “The modern day alchemist”, 18 June 2021

Sir Richard Friend FRS, FREng, Cavendish Professor of Physics and Honorary Fellow at Trinity – video discussion on Friday 18 June 2021 at 19:15 (Tokyo time)

All Trinity members – Fellows, Past Fellows, students, alumni very welcome

On Friday 18 June 2021 at 7:15pm (Tokyo time), 11:15am (London/Cambridge time) Sir Richard Friend has very kindly agreed to join us for a video discussion.

Prior registration required until Thursday 17 June, please register using the feedback form at the bottom of this page. All Trinity members, Fellows, students, alumni are very welcome – if you join Trinity in Japan for the first time, please briefly introduce yourself and your connection to Trinity. There is no charge or fee.

Anonymous registrations are not accepted.

We will upload the recording to the Trinity in Japan Youtube Channel – by participating you agree to the upload of the recording to websites and social media:

The meeting will be on ZOOM on Friday 18 June 2021 as follows (we will have no in-person meeting this time):

  • 7pm (Tokyo time)- event starts
  • 7:15pm – 8:15pm video discussion with Sir Richard Friend
  • 8:15pm – follow-on discussions

If you have questions for the discussion with Sir Richard, the best will be if you could send me questions before hand by email, so I can moderate the discussion.

About Sir Richard Friend

Sir Richard Friend FRS, FREng is maybe best known for his breakthrough discoveries of light emitting polymers, inventions which led to the development of OLED (organic light emitting diodes), and to his founding of several companies

Sir Richard is the Cavendish Professor of Physics at the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge, the Founding Director of the Maxwell Centre at Cambridge, Director of the Cambridge University Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability, and has several other important responsibilities, while his main focus is research. Sir Richard has just recently been awarded a very important Research Grant by the European Research Council (ERC):

From the announcement of the ERC Grant: Professor Sir Richard Friend has been awarded funding for his Spin Control in Radical Semiconductors (SCORS) project, which will explore the electronic properties of organic semiconductors that have an unpaired electron to give net magnetic spin. The project is based on a recent discovery that this unpaired electron can couple strongly to light, allowing very efficient luminescence in LEDs. Friend’s group will explore new combinations of optical excited states with magnetic spin states. This will allow new designs for LEDs and solar cells, and opportunities to control the ground state spin polarisation in spintronic devices.

More about Sir Richard Friend:

Professor Sir Richard Friend: How can molecules function as semiconductors? lecture at the Molecular Frontiers Symposium at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, Dec 2017

Prof. Sir Richard Friend’s Harvey Prize Lecture at the Technion on plastic electronics

Registration and enquiries:

All Trinity members, Fellows and students globally are very welcome to pre-register, and I will send a registration link if there are still places available.

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