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Dr Marc Etherington

VC Senior Fellow

Department: Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering


My name is Marc Etherington and I am currently a Vice-Chancellor's Senior Fellow (VCSF) at Northumbria University (and Junior Research Fellow at Hatfield College, Durham University) leading a group researching the photophysical and functional properties of organic semiconductors. I am also an academic visitor at Durham University, working with Prof. Andy Monkman and continuing our joint work and projects on novel materials that exhibit thermally activated delayed fluorescence.

Before my VCSF, I worked in the OEM group at Durham University from March 2015 as a research associate on two different projects (PHEBE and HyperOLED).

I'm originally from Stockton-on-Tees and as such, I am local to the area. I did my undergraduate MPhys degree at Grey College, Durham University from 2007-2011. This included a fourth-year project under the supervision of Prof. Andy Monkman.

After graduating in 2011 I went up to Cambridge to undertake my PhD in Physics at Clare College under the supervision of Prof. Neil Greenham. The title of my thesis was 'Magnetic field effects on the triplet states in organic semiconductor devices'.

Alongside my membership of Hatfield College SCR I am also a member of the SCRs at University College and Grey College.

Marc Etherington



  • Physics PhD July 16 2016
  • Physics BSc (Hons) June 30 2011
  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry MRSC 2019
  • Member of the Institute of Physics MInstP 2011

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

  • Excited state spectroscopy
  • Organic light-emitting diodes
  • Proton transfer
  • Quinine
  • Thermally-activated delayed fluorescence
  • Charge-transfer states
  • Organic photovoltaics

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Persistent Dimer Emission in Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence Materials, Etherington, M., Kukhta, N., Higginbotham, H., Danos, A., Bismillah, A., Graves, D., McGonigal, P., Haase, N., Morherr, A., Batsanov, A., Pflumm, C., Bhalla, V., Bryce, M., Monkman, A. 2 May 2019, In: Journal of Physical Chemistry C
  • Excited-State Aromatic Interactions in the Aggregation-Induced Emission of Molecular Rotors, Sturala, J., Etherington, M., Bismillah, A., Higginbotham, H., Trewby, W., Aguilar, J., Bromley, E., Avestro, A., Monkman, A., McGonigal, P. 13 Dec 2017, In: Journal of the American Chemical Society
  • Regio- and conformational isomerization critical to design of efficient thermally-activated delayed fluorescence emitters, Etherington, M., Franchello, F., Gibson, J., Northey, T., Santos, J., Ward, J., Higginbotham, H., Data, P., Kurowska, A., Dos Santos, P., Graves, D., Batsanov, A., Dias, F., Bryce, M., Penfold, T., Monkman, A. 13 Apr 2017, In: Nature Communications
  • Revealing the spin-vibronic coupling mechanism of thermally activated delayed fluorescence, Etherington, M., Gibson, J., Higginbotham, H., Penfold, T., Monkman, A. 30 Nov 2016, In: Nature Communications
  • Ultrahigh Efficiency Fluorescent Single and Bi-Layer Organic Light Emitting Diodes: The Key Role of Triplet Fusion, Chiang, C., Kimyonok, A., Etherington, M., Griffiths, G., Jankus, V., Turksoy, F., Monkman, A. 11 Feb 2013, In: Advanced Functional Materials


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