Dr Sandrine Heutz

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Research interests:

Organic thin film growth
Organic photovoltaic devices
Molecular magnetism


  • 1994-1998: B. Sc. in Chemistry (University of Liège, Belgium, and University of Sherbrooke, Canada)
  • 1998-2001:  Ph. D. (Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London, UK)
  • 2001-2004:  Post-doc (Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London, UK)
  • 2004-2006:  Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow (Department of Physics and Astronomy and LCN, University College London, UK)
  • 2006-Present:  Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow and Lecturer (Department of Materials, Imperial College London)

My research concentrates on the growth and characterisation of organic thin films with interesting optoelectronic and magnetic properties. The material components are based on polyaromatic molecules such as phthalocyanines, and porphyrins, close analogues to natural products (e.g. chlorophyll). Particular emphasis is placed on developing growth methods to obtain new types of structures and morphologies, and charge-transfer complexes. Applications include organic solar cells, spintronic devices, and biosensors.

Figure 1: (a) Chemical structure of copper phthalocyanines, a component in molecular magnets and photovoltaic devices and (b) atomic force micrograph highlighting typical morphologies in a polymorphic film containing two phases.


  • J. Gardener, J. H. G. Owen, K. Miki, S. Heutz, A scanning tunnelling microscopy investigation into the initial stages of copper phthalocyanine growth on passivated silicon surfaces, submitted to Langmuir.
  • S. Heutz, A. F. Nogueira, J. R. Durrant, T. S. Jones, Polaron formation and charge recombination in CuPc/PTCDA thin films, J. Phys. Chem. B 109 (2005) 11693. [download PDF file]
  • P. Sullivan, S. Heutz, S. Schultes, T.S. Jones, Influence of codeposition on the performance of CuPc-C60 heterojunction photovoltaic devices, Appl. Phys. Lett. 84 (2004) 1210. [donwload PDF file]
  • S. Heutz and T. S. Jones, Structural and morphological modifications in double layer heterostructures containing H2Pc, PTCDA and Alq3, J. Appl. Phys. 92 (2002) 3039. [download PDF file]

Research Highlights

Magnetism in a molecular thin film traditionally used in plastic electronics survives at temperatures reaching up to 100K,...
Phthalocyanine thin film on a flexible plastic substrate
A common blue pigment could have an important role to play in the development of a quantum computer, according to a paper...
Novel flexible, lightweight and low cost “plastic” electronics, including OLEDs and organic solar cells, rely on...
SEM image of nanowires
The small molecule copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) is a well-known industrial pigment used to give blue colours to a range of...