Iain McCulloch

Professor, Chemical Science
Director, KAUST Solar Center

Physical Science and Engineering Division
Center membership : 
KAUST Solar Center

Education Profile

  • ​​​​​Ph.D., University of Strathclyde, 1989
  • B.Sc., University of Strathclyde, 1986

Research Interests

Professor McCulloch's research interests are in the design and synthesis of semiconducting small molecules and polymers for use in organic electronic devices. This has focused on the understanding and control of microstructure and energy levels in conjugated aromatic semiconducting polymers and the subsequent impact on device properties.

Selected Publications

  • ​Zhang, X.; Bronstein, H.; Kronemeijer, A. J.; Smith, J.; Kim, Y.; Kline, R. J.; Richter, L. J.; Anthopoulos, T. D.; Sirringhaus, H.; Song, K.; Heeney, M.; Zhang, W.; McCulloch, I.; DeLongchamp, D. M. Molecular origin of high field-effect mobility in an indacenodithiophene-benzothiadiazole copolymer. Nat Commun 2013, 4, 2238.
  • Ashraf, R. S.; Schroeder, B. C.; Bronstein, H. A.; Huang, Z.; Thomas, S.; Kline, R. J.; Brabec, C. J.; Rannou, P.; Anthopoulos, T. D.; Durrant, J. R.; McCulloch, I. The influence of polymer purification on photovoltaic device performance of a series of indacenodithiophene donor polymers. Adv. Mater. 2013, 25, 2029-2034.
  • McCulloch, I.; Ashraf, R. S.; Biniek, L.; Bronstein, H.; Combe, C.; Donaghey, J. E.; James, D. I.; Nielsen, C. B.; Schroeder, B. C.; Zhang, W. Design of Semiconducting Indacenodithiophene Polymers for High Performance Transistors and Solar Cells. Acc. Chem. Res. 2012, 45, 714-722.
  • Bronstein, H.; Chen, Z.; Ashraf, R. S.; Zhang, W.; Du, J.; Durrant, J. R.; Shakya, T. P.; Song, K.; Watkins, S. E.; Geerts, Y.; Wienk, M. M.; Janssen, R. A. J.; Anthopoulos, T.; Sirringhaus, H.; Heeney, M.; McCulloch, I. Thieno[3,2-b]thiophene-diketopyrrolopyrrole-containing polymers for high-performance organic field-effect transistors and organic photovoltaic devices. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 3272-3275.
  • Zhang, W.; Smith, J.; Watkins, S. E.; Gysel, R.; McGehee, M.; Salleo, A.; Kirkpatrick, J.; Ashraf, S.; Anthopoulos, T.; Heeney, M.; McCulloch, I. Indacenodithiophene Semiconducting Polymers for High-Performance, Air-Stable Transistors. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 11437-11439.