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Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge

Studying at Cambridge


Dr Matt Menke

Dr Matt Menke

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Office Phone: +44 01223 768161


Ph.D., Materials Science, University of Minnesota, 2015

Dissertation: "Exciton Transport in Organic Semiconductors"

Committee: C.D. Frisbie, D.A. Blank, V.E. Ferry


B.S., Materials Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010

Summa Cum Laude, Polymers Concentration, Chemistry Minor


  • Optical spectroscopy
  • Polymers
  • Energy
  • Hybrid Nanomaterials,
  • Photovoltaics

Key Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  1. Menke, S. M., et. al. Limits for Recombination in a Low Energy Loss Organic Heterojunctions. ACS Nano 10, 10736–10744 (2016).
  2. Menke, S. M., Mullenbach, T. K. & Holmes, R. J. Directing Energy Transport in Organic Photovoltaic Cells Using Interfacial Exciton Gates. ACS Nano 9, 4543–4552 (2015).
  3. Menke, S. M. & Holmes, R. J. Exciton diffusion in organic photovoltaic cells. Energy Environ. Sci. 7, 499–512 (2014).
  4. Menke, S. M., Luhman, W. A. & Holmes, R. J. Tailored exciton diffusion in organic photovoltaic cells for enhanced power conversion efficiency. Nat. Mater. 12, 152–157 (2012).


Book Chapters

  1. Xie, W., Menke, S. M., Frisbie, C. D. & Holmes, R. J. in THE WSPC REFERENCE ON ORGANIC ELECTRONICS: ORGANIC SEMICONDUCTORS: Basic Concepts 231–291 (2016).
  2. Menke, S. M., Friend, R. H. & Credgington, D. in THE WSPC REFERENCE ON ORGANIC ELECTRONICS: ORGANIC SEMICONDUCTORS: Fundamental Aspects of Materials and Applications 243–276 (2016).



  1. Holmes, R. J., Mullenbach, T. K. & Menke, S. M. Exciton Gating in Organic Photovoltaic Cells. US Patent Applications (2016).
  2. Holmes, R. J., Pandey, R. & Menke, S. M. Spectrally Tunable Broadband Organic Photodetectors. US Patent Application (2014)
  3. Holmes, R. J., Menke, S. M. & Luhman, W. A. Photovoltaic Devices with Enhanced Exciton Diffusion. US Provisional Patent 20120109 (2013).