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Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge

Studying at Cambridge


Dr Dawei Di

Dr Dawei Di

Postdoctoral Research Associate

PhD in Physics (Cambridge)

PhD, BE (Hon 1) in Photovoltaic Eng. (UNSW)

Optoelectronics Group
Cavendish Laboratory
University of Cambridge
J J Thomson Avenue
Cambridge CB3 0HE
United Kingdom



2017-present: Research Associate, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK

2012-2016: PhD in Physics, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK (supervisor: Prof Sir Richard Friend)

2012: Research Associate, Australian Research Council Photovoltaics Centre of Excellence, University of New South Wales, Australia

2008-2012: PhD in Photovoltaic Engineering, Australian Research Council Photovoltaics Centre of Excellence, University of New South Wales, Australia (supervisors: Prof Gavin Conibeer, Prof Martin Green, Dr Ivan Perez-Wurfl)

2004-2008: Bachelor of Engineering (1st Class Honours), University of New South Wales, Australia (final-year research thesis supervisor: Prof Armin Arberle)   

Research Interests

Organic light-emitting diodes; Photovoltaic solar cells; Semiconductor device physics; Excitonic and quantum confined systems; Transient spectroscopy; Perovskite and silicon nanostructures; Organic-inorganic interfaces; Light-matter interactions

Other Professional Activities

Dawei was invited to review more than 80 manuscripts for more than 15 scientific journals, including Applied Physics Letters, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, Nano Letters, Nanoscale, Optics Letters, Small, and Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells.

Key Publications

Selected Journal Publications

  1. D. Di, A. S. Romanov, L. Yang, R. H. Friend, M. Linnolahti, M. Bochmann, D. Credgington et al, “High-performance light-emitting diodes based on carbene-metal-amides”, Science 356, 159-163 (2017).
  2. D. Di, L. Yang, J. Richter, L. Meraldi, R. M. Altamimi, A. Y. Alyamani, D. Credgington, K. Musselman, J. L. MacManus-Driscoll, R. H. Friend, “Efficient triplet exciton fusion in molecularly-doped polymer light-emitting diodes”, Advanced Materials 2017, 1605987 (2017).
  3. N. Wang, J. Wang et al, “Perovskite light-emitting diodes based on solution-processed, self-organised multiple quantum wells”, Nature Photonics 10, 699-704 (2016).
  4. D. Di* (corresp. author), K. P. Musselman, G. Li, A. Sadhanala, Y. Ievskaya, Q. Song, Z.-K. Tan, M. L. Lai, J. L. MacManus-Driscoll, N. C. Greenham, R. H. Friend*, “Size-dependent photon emission from organometal halide perovskite nanocrystals embedded in an organic matrix”, The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 6, 446-450 (2015).
  5. A. Romanov, D. Di, L. Yang, J. Fernandez-Cestau, C. Becker, C. E. James, B. Zhu, M. Linnolahti, D. Credgington, M. Bochmann, “Highly photoluminescent copper carbene complexes based on prompt rather than delayed fluorescence”, Chemical Communications 52, 6379-6382 (2016).
  6. F. Lombeck, D. Di, Le Yang, L. Meraldi, S. Athanasopoulos, D. Credgington, M. Sommer, R. H. Friend, “PCDTBT: From polymer photovoltaics to light-emitting diodes by side chain-controlled luminescence”, Macromolecules 49, 9382-9387 (2016).
  7. G. Li, Z.-K. Tan, D. Di, M. L. Lai, L. Jiang, J. H.-W. Lim, R. H. Friend, N. C. Greenham, “Efficient light-emitting diodes based on nanocrystalline perovskite in a dielectric polymer matrix”, Nano Letters 15, 2640-2644 (2015).
  8. D. Di* (corresp. author), I. Perez-Wurfl, L. Wu, Y. Huang, A. Marconi, A. Tengattini, A. Anopchenko, L. Pavesi and G. Conibeer, “Electroluminescence from Si nanocrystal/c-Si heterojunction light-emitting diodes”, Applied Physics Letters 99, 251113 (2011).
  9. D. Di* (corresp. author), H. Xu, I. Perez-Wurfl, M. A. Green and G. Conibeer, “Improved nanocrystal formation, quantum confinement and carrier transport properties of doped Si quantum dot superlattices for third generation photovoltaics”, Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications 21, 569-577 (2013)
  10. D. Di* (corresp. author), I. Perez-Wurfl, G. Conibeer, and M.A. Green, “Formation and photoluminescence of Si quantum dots in SiO2/Si3N4 hybrid matrix for all-Si tandem solar cells”, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 94, 2238 (2010).   

Patent Applications (co-inventor of the following patents)

   1. GB1421133.8

   2. GB1511490.3

   3. GB1609707.3

   4. GB1610443.2

Translated/Edited Textbooks

  1. Silicon Solar Cells: Advanced Principles & Practice (Chinese Edition); Author: M.A. Green; Translators: D. Di, Z. Ouyang et al, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press, Shanghai, 2011.
  2. Solar Cells: Operating Principles, Technology & System Applications (Chinese Edition); Author: M.A. Green, Translators: D. Di, C.-Y. Tsao et al, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press, Shanghai, 2009.
  3. Applied Photovoltaics (Chinese Edition); Authors: S. R. Wenham, M. A. Green, M.E. Watt & R. Corkish; Translators: D. Di, J. Han et al, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press, Shanghai, 2008.