Jones Group


Dr Jones’ key interest lay in the design, synthesis, characterization, and utilization of new advanced organic semiconductors, light harvesting materials and photocatalytic carbon dioxide activation. 
He has developed a range of high performance p-type organic semiconductors with liquid crystalline properties.  Recently he has developed a new class of liquid crystalline singlet fission materials for enhancing solar cell efficiency.

Synthesis of p-type organic semiconductors, molecular or polymeric
Synthesis of n-type organic semiconductors, molecular and polymeric,
Synthesis of fully conjugated block copolymers
Thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) materials for energy harvesting
Interface modifiers
Next generation singlet fission (SF) materials
Organic electronic devices, OFETS, organic solar cells
Perovskite solar cells, lead free perovskites​
Photocatalytic carbon dioxide activation, liquid fuels, or industrial feedstocks.​


Organic synthesis, inorganic catalysis, heterogeneous photocatalysis, optoelectronic devices.  Techniques, organic synthesis, UV-Vis, emission spectroscopy, HPLC, GPC, microwave reactors, electrochemistry, continuous flow synthesis, X-Ray techniques (GIWAXS, GISAXS at Australian Synchrotron), SEM, TEM, tomography, NMR, EPR, ultra-fast spectroscopy, organic solar cells, organic transistors, flexible devices, printed devices.

Group Members

Group Head

Dr David Jones

Postgraduate Fellows

Dr Jegadesan Subbiah

Dr Valerie Mitchell

Dr Pengjun Zhao

Graduate Students

Mr Calvin Lee

Mr Gagandeep Ahluwalia

Ms Shruti Agnihotri

Ms Saghar Masoomi-Godarzi

Ms  Marissa Nalenan

Mr Jianchao Lin

Ms Ruoxuan Shi

Mr Yanlin Wang


Dr David J. Jones is a Senior Research Associate.  His research group is a world leader in the area of development of advanced organic semiconductors for printed electronics and has been at the forefront in translation of printable solar cell technology to large-scale pilot scale. His current research interests are n- and p-type organic semiconductors, singlet fission, and photocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide. Until 2015 was the Project Coordinator of the Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium (VICOSC). He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Tasmania before completing postdoctoral work at the University of Sheffield and Cardiff University before moving to Imperial College London as the Team Leader for the BP Catalyst Discovery Project lead by Prof Vernon Gibson. He joined Prof Andrew Holmes in Cambridge in 2004 before moving to the University of Melbourne with Prof Holmes in 2005. He has been at the forefront of ligand design and high throughput screening for organometallic catalyst development and translation to industry of university research.