Welcome to the Schroeder Research Group! We are a synthetic chemistry group based at the Materials Research Institute and the School of Biological & Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London. Our research activities focus on the design and synthesis of functional materials for organic electronic applications. We are particularly interested in finding creative solutions for energy and healthcare applications, by exploiting the unique properties of π-conjugated molecules and polymers.

We take an interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving and work closely together with colleagues in chemistry, physics, materials science and engineering to develop and study the materials powering tomorrow’s technologies.


October 2017: Dr. Samuel Cryer joined the group as a Teaching & Support Lecturer funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

September 2017: Welcome to Miaomiao, who is joining the group for her PhD studies funded by the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC)!

September 2017: Bob was invited to the São Carlos Institute of Physics to talk about the development of bionic skin. Many thanks to Prof. Gregório Faria for the invitation and hosting my visit!

September 2017: Bob gave an invited talk at the Brazil MRS in Gramado. Many thanks to the organisers for the kind invitation.

September 2017: A warm welcome to Dr. Saumya Singh, who will be conducting her postdoctoral research in the group, generously funded by the Newton Fund.

August 2017: Congratulations to Zilu for her contribution to the book chapter “Organic Thermoelectric Composite Materials”, now published in “Comprehensive Composite Materials II“. Great job!

August 2017: Bob had the pleasure to give an invited talk at the SPIE Optics & Photonics in San Diego, entitled “on the importance of alkyl chains in organic semiconductors”. Many thanks to the organisers for the kind invitation!

August 2017: Congratulations to Lewis for passing his 1st-year progression assessment!

July 2017: Bob gave an invited seminar at Swansea University on “the importance of alkyl chains in organic semiconductors”. Big thanks to Dr. Matt Carnie for hosting my stay!

June 2017: Bob had the pleasure to participate in this year’s subject enrichment session at the North London Collegiate School introducing the concept of electronic skin to teaching staff in the Science Department.

May 2017: Lewis presented his poster on “intrinsic doping in naphthalene diimide semiconductors” at the annual MRI Spring Symposium.

May 2017: Congratulations to Zilu for passing her 1st-year progression assessment!

May 2017: Bob gave a talk at the Spring e-MRS in Strasbourg on “controlling charge transport in semiconducting polymers with branched alkyl side chains”.

April 2017: Bob gave an invited seminar talk entitled “From flexible displays to electronic skin” at the Chemistry Department of the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey.

April 2017: Bob got awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to design “conducting polymer fibres for thermoelectric fabrics”.

March 2017: We secured funding from the British Council under their Institutional Links Program to investigate “interface design for high-efficiency solution processed solar cells” in collaboration with Prof. Levent Toppare’s group at Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey.

March 2017: Zilu presented her recent work on organo-metallic coordination polymers during her 1st year PG research talk. Good job!

March 2017: The North London Collegiate School‘s  Science Society invited Bob to give an outreach talk on electronic skin at their “Science Cafe” session.

February 2017: Lewis gave his 1st year PG research talk, entitled “intrinsically doped polymers for thermoelectric applications”. Well done!

February 2017: Bob gave an invited talk at the Printed and Flexible Electronics Congress in London.

January 2017: Congratulations to Lewis for getting his review on organic thermoelectrics accepted for publication in ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology.