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Matthew Bird

Matthew Bird

Assistant Chemist

Chemistry Department
Building 555
Brookhaven National Laboratory
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

Phone: (631) 344-2859
FAX:    (631) 344-5815

Electron- and Photo-Induced Processes for Molecular Energy Conversion

Research Interests

Charge and exciton transport in conjugated polymers, microwave conductivity and pulse radiolysis experimental techniques, radiation chemistry, charge escape in low polarity environments


MSci./BA 2005 (Physics) University of Cambridge, UK
Ph.D. (Physics) 2010 University of Cambridge, UK

Professional Employment

  • Chemistry Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory
        2010 - 2015      Research Associate
        2015 - present   Assistant Chemist

Selected Recent Publications

  • Zaikowski, L.; Mauro, G.; Bird, M.; Karten, B.; Asaoka, S.; Wu, Q.; Cook, A. R.; Miller, J. R., “Charge Transfer Fluorescence and 34 Nm Exciton Diffusion Length in Polymers with Electron Acceptor End Traps” The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2015, 119, 7231-7241. DOI: 10.1021/jp510095p
  • Li, X.; Bird, M.; Mauro, G.; Asaoka, S.; Cook, A. R.; Chen, H.-C.; Miller, J. R., “Transport of Triplet Excitons Along Continuous 100 Nm Polyfluorene Chains” The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2015, 119, 7210-7218. DOI:10.1021/jp509396s
  • Bird, M. J.; Reid, O. G.; Cook, A. R.; Asaoka, S.; Shibano, Y.; Imahori, H.; Rumbles, G.; Miller, J. R. "Mobility of Holes in Oligo- and Polyfluorenes of Defined Lengths" J. Phys. Chem. C 2014, 118, 6100-6109. DOI:10.1021/jp5010874
  • Cook, A. R.; Bird, M. J.; Asaoka, S.; Miller, J. R. "Rapid "Step Capture" of Holes in Chloroform During Pulse Radiolysis" J. Phys. Chem. A 2013, 117, 7712-7720. DOI:10.1021/jp405349u
  • Chen, Z.; Bird, M.; Lemaur, V.; Radtke, G.; Cornil, J.; Heeney, M.; McCulloch, I.; Sirringhaus, H., “Origin of the Different Transport Properties of Electron and Hole Polarons in an Ambipolar Polyselenophene-Based Conjugated Polymer” Physical Review B 2011, 84, 115211. DOI:10.1103/PhysRevB.84.115211
  • Caironi, M.; Bird, M.; Fazzi, D.; Chen, Z.; Di Pietro, R.; Newman, C.; Facchetti, A.; Sirringhaus, H., “Very Low Degree of Energetic Disorder as the Origin of High Mobility in an N-Channel Polymer Semiconductor” Advanced Functional Materials 2011, 21, 3371-3381. DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201100592
  • Sirringhaus, H.; Bird, M.; Richards, T.; Zhao, N., “Charge Transport Physics of Conjugated Polymer Field-Effect Transistors” Advanced Materials 2010, 22, 3893-3898. DOI: 10.1002/adma.200902857
  • Zaumseil, J.; McNeill, C. R.; Bird, M.; Smith, D. L.; Ruden, P. P.; Roberts, M.; McKiernan, M. J.; Friend, R. H.; Sirringhaus, H., “Quantum Efficiency of Ambipolar Light-Emitting Polymer Field-Effect Transistors” Journal of Applied Physics 2008, 103, 234905. DOI:10.1063/1.2937729