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Vice President for Research

Dr. Donal D. C. Bradley

  • Mission and Vision
  • Biography
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Interests

The Office of the Vice President for Research oversees activities pertaining to two of the central pillars of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology by fostering excellence in research while contributing to the economic development of Saudi Arabia.

The office develops strategies, initiates and oversees research programs, manages space and resources, and establishes policies to support both fundamental and goal-oriented interdisciplinary research bridging science and engineering. Interdisciplinary and collaborative research for societal benefit is the Office's primary strategic focus.

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Professor Donal D.C. Bradley joined KAUST in April 2019 and is tasked with fostering excellence in the University’s research and supporting wide application of the resulting knowledge. Interdisciplinary and collaborative research bridging science and engineering to societal benefit is a strategic focus.

Before moving to KAUST, Donal Bradley was Head of the Division of Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences (Dean of Science and Engineering) at the University of Oxford. In that role, he oversaw the activities of ten departments comprising 700 faculty, 2000 research and support staff and 5,500 students. He was also a Professor of Engineering Science and Physics, with an innovative and wide-ranging research program in molecular electronic materials and devices both in Oxford and at the Oxford Suzhou Centre for Advanced Research (OSCAR) in China. Professor Bradley's research, conducted in Oxford, at Imperial College London and at the Universities of Sheffield and Cambridge, has attracted substantial international recognition, including award of the EU Descartes Prize (2003), SID Jan Rajchman Prize (2005), ESF European Latsis Prize (2005), IOP Faraday Medal (2009), IET Faraday Medal (2010), RS Bakerian Medal (2010), Jiangsu Governor's Prize (2016) and, most recently, the E-MRS Jan Czochralski Award (2019). His publications have been cited more than 82,000 times with h-index = 126 (Google Scholar) and he is a Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher; he is also a named inventor on more than 25 patent families. He also holds honorary doctorates from the University of Sheffield (2014) and Hong Kong Baptist University (2017) and is an Honorary Fellow of Churchill College Cambridge.

Professor Bradley became a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2004 and a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2010 for services to science. He is a co-inventor of conjugated polymer electroluminescence (1989) and a co-founder of Cambridge Display Technology Ltd (1990), now a wholly owned subsidiary of the Sumitomo Chemical Company. In 2001, he co-founded Molecular Vision Ltd to develop novel polymer detection systems for microanalysis applications, subsequently acquired by the Abingdon Health Group. Professor Bradley also served on the Board of Solar Press (UK) Ltd (2009-16) and supported CSEM Brasil in establishing Sunew, companies set up to develop roll-to-roll printed solar cells. He currently serves on the Board of Oxford Advanced Research Centers Ltd. 


Curriculum Vitae
  • PhD, Cavendish Laboratory & Churchill College, University of Cambridge
  • BSc, ARCS, Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London.
Professional Profile 
  • 2019 - Distinguished Professor, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
  • 2019 - Vice President for Research, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
  • 2015 - 2019   Professorial Fellow, Jesus College, University of Oxford
  • 2015 - 2019   Professor of Engineering Science and Physics, University of Oxford
  • 2015 - 2019   Head of the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division (Dean of Science and Engineering), University of Oxford
  • 2011 - 2015   Pro-Rector (Research) then Vice-Provost (Research), Imperial College
  • 2009 - 2015   Director, Centre for Plastic Electronics, Imperial College
  • 2009 - 2011   Deputy Principal, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Imperial College
  • 2006 - 2015   Lee-Lucas Professor of Experimental Physics, Imperial College
  • 2005 - 2008   Head of the Department of Physics, Imperial College
  • 2001 - 2005   Head of the Experimental Solid-State Physics Group, Imperial College
  • 2000 - 2006   Professor of Experimental Solid-State Physics, Imperial College
  • 1995 - 2000   Director, Centre for Molecular Materials, University of Sheffield
  • 1995 - 2000   Professor of Physics, Department of Physics, University of Sheffield
  • 1993 - 1995   Reader in Physics, Department of Physics, University of Sheffield
  • 1992 - 1993   Director of Studies in Physics, Churchill College, Cambridge
  • 1989 - 1993   College Lecturer and Title A Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge
  • 1989 - 1993   University Assistant Lecturer in Physics, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge 
Other Appointments
  • 2019 - Visiting Professor, Department of Physics, University of Oxford
  • 2017 - Director, Oxford Advanced Research Centres Ltd
  • 2015 - 2017   Scientific & Medical Advisory Board, Abingdon Health Group
  • 2015 - Visiting Professor, Department of Physics, Imperial College London
  • 2014 - 2018   ‘1000-talent Plan’ Researcher, Key Laboratory for Organic Electronics and Information Display, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Nanjing, China
  • 2013 - 2018   Honorary Professor, NanjingTech, Nanjing, China
  • 2013 - Trustee & Chairman of Optoelectronics Committee, Rank Prize Funds
  • 2012 - Adjunct Chair Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
  • 2012 - 2013   Chief International Academic Advisor, Faculty of Science, HIT, Harbin
  • 2009 - 2016   Director, The Solar Press UK Ltd
  • 2008 - 2015   Member, C-Change (UK) LLP
  • 2008 - 2011   Appointed Overseas Academic Master for a Chinese Ministry of Education supported “Plan 111” project at Beijing Jiaotong University
  • 2005 - 2006   Director, Imperial College London Consultants Ltd
  • 2001 - 2012   Director, Molecular Vision Ltd
Honors and Professional Standing
  • 2018   Honorary Fellow, Churchill College Cambridge
  • 2017   DSc Honoris Causa, Hong Kong Baptist University
  • 2015   CEng registration, Engineering Council (Registrant Number 624918)
  • 2014   DSc Honoris Causa, University of Sheffield
  • 2013   Elected Fellow of Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET)
  • 2010   Appointed Commander of Order of the British Empire (New Year Honours List) (CBE)
  • 2005   Elected Fellow of Institute of Physics (FInstP)
  • 2004   Elected Fellow of Royal Society (FRS)
  • 1987   Elected Fellow of Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA)
Awards and Prizes
  • 2019   E-MRS Jan Czochralski Gold Medal
  • 2017   Suzhou Industrial Park, China, Jinji Lake Talents Award
  • 2016   Jiangsu Province, China, Governor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution in International Cooperation
  • 2013   Founders’ Prize of the Polymer Physics Group (Institute of Physics (IOP) / Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) / Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)) for outstanding contributions to Polymer Physics in the UK and Ireland
  • 2010   Royal Society Bakerian Medal
  • 2010   Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Faraday Medal to D.D.C. Bradley in recognition of his “internationally acclaimed contributions to the development of molecular electronic materials and devices.  Plastic Electronics, as the technology is widely known, embodies a paradigm shift towards low temperature, solution-based device fabrication with applications in energy efficient displays and lighting, photovoltaic energy generation and medical diagnostics”
  • Institute of Physics (IOP) Faraday Medal to D.D.C. Bradley for “his pioneering work in the field of ‘plastic electronics’.  His experimental investigations have significantly advanced our understanding of the physics of conjugated polymers as semiconductors and helped to demonstrate their widespread application potential”
  • 2006   Imperial College London Research Excellence Award to Molecular Electronic Materials and Devices team led by D.D.C. Bradley (with J. Nelson, R. Murray, T. Anthopoulos, P.N. Stavrinou, M. Campoy-Quiles, L. Chen, X. Wang, R. Xia, J. Durrant, A.J. de Mello, J.C. de Mello, S.A. Haque)
  • 2006   Royal Society Brian Mercer Award for Innovation to D.D.C. Bradley and J.C. de Mello: “Novel Patterning Processes for Nanoscale Organic Semiconductor Devices”
  • 2005   European Science Foundation, European Latsis Prize 2005 in Nano-Engineering to D.D.C. Bradley for “outstanding contributions to the development of nano-engineering methods which have had a major impact on science and technology”
  • 2005   Society for Information Display, Jan Rajchman Prize to D.D.C. Bradley (Imperial College London), J.H. Burroughes (Cambridge Display Technology Ltd) and R.H. Friend (Cambridge University) “For their discovery and contributions to the understanding and development of light emitting polymers for display applications”
  • 2003   European Union Descartes Prize for “Polymer Light Emitting Diodes for Displays” (co-recipient)
  • 1994   Inaugural Daiwa Award for Anglo-Japanese Collaboration to D.D.C. Bradley in recognition of a British Council project on "Polymer Nonlinear Optics" with Professor T. Tsutsui, University of Kyushu
  • 1983   Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) Silver Medal as an outstanding graduate of the Royal College of Science


Professor Bradley’s research interests include materials design and characterization for light emission, charge carrier transport and photocharge generation; photophysical studies of optical and optoelectronic behaviors; development of electrode and interlayer materials; high-efficiency solution-processed organic light emitting diodes including polymer/small molecule and fluorescent/ phosphorescent/thermally activated delayed fluorescence systems; charge injection and transport; optical probes of local environment; photonics spanning optical gain, amplification, switching, wavelength conversion and lasing; bulk heterojunction and hybrid solar cells; microfluidic and lateral flow lab-on-a-chip diagnostic structures; hybrid nitride/organic structures using organic emission materials; development of novel deposition and patterning methods for high-throughput device fabrication; and electronics including organic and metal-oxide devices and circuits. Professor Bradley’s publications have been cited more than 82,000 times with an h-index of 126 (Google Scholar) and he is a Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher; he is also a named inventor on more than 25 patent families.