Nathaniel Davis

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Lecturer School of Chemical and Physical Sciences

Research Interests

My research focusses on chemistry and physics within the field of optoelectronics, specifically the creation of materials allowing light and electronic energy to be interchanged. Working on the synthesis of different nanomaterials (organic/inorganic) for optoelectronic applications such as photovoltaics, light emitting diodes and luminescence solar concentrators. By using spectral management techniques, such as singlet fission and upc-onversion, I hope to make a new generation of devices with improved efficiency and functionality.

  • Synthesis of quantum dots, small molecules and polymers
  • Time resolved and continuous wave spectroscopy
  • Devices: Photovoltaics, light emitting diodes and luminescent solar concentrators.


Dr Nathaniel Davis received his BSc (Adv) H1M from the University of Sydney, Australia, with a double major in advanced chemistry and graduating with First Class Honours and the University Medal.

He received the Cambridge Australia Bragg scholarship to carry out his PhD in Physics in the Optoelectronics group at the Cavendish laboratory within the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. Completing his thesis tittle “Applications of Spectral Management in Optoelectronic devices in 2016 he was then awarded the Oppenheimer Early Career Research Fellowship in 2017 at the University for Cambridge United Kingdom.

Dr Davis is now a Lecturer in Physical Chemistry at Victoria University of Wellington. He is also an Associate Investigator of both The Dodd Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies and the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. He is also a member of The Australasian Community for Advanced Organic Semiconductors.

More information

Dr Davis is currently accepting suitable candidates for research positions within his group.

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