Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy
Position: 
Senior Research Fellow
Phone: 
+61 7 334 53778
Biography: 

Almantas Pivrikas has graduated physics faculty of Vilnius University in Lithuania from where he received the Bachelor degree in general physics. He continued the studies and obtained master’s degree from the same university’s Department of Solid State Electronics and Condensed Matter headed by Prof. Gytis Juska. Here he actively participated in development and implementation of novel at that time Charge Extraction by Linearly Increasing Voltage (CELIV) technique to study charge transport inorganic and organic semiconductors.

For PhD studies he joined the group of Prof. Ronald Osterbacka at Abo Akademi University in Finland where he continued the research of charge transport in various organic materials and devices. Here he discovered greatly unprobable and unexpected phenomena in disordered organic materials which is named non-Langevin bimolecular recombination.

After receiving a PhD degree Almantas took a 4 year contract for an assistant professor position in the group of Prof. Niyazi Serdar Sariciftci, in Physical Chemistry Department and Linz Institute for Organic Solar Cells (LIOS) at Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria. Here he further developed powerful transient techniques for charge transport and recombination studies in operational devices such as organic solar cells, field effect transistors etc.

To continuing his carrier in academic research he joined the group headed by Prof. Paul Burn and Paul Meredith, School of Chemistry Molecular Biosciences and Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

Research Focus and Collaborations: 
  • Understanding operational mechanisms of organic electronic devices: organic photovoltaic devices (OPV), organic field effect transistors (OFETs), light emitting diodes (OLEDs), memory elements, etc.
  • Charge transport and recombination measurements in any opto-electronic device and semiconductor.
  • Development of powerful and often the only reliable transient techniques to study the charge transport in disordered materials. To name a few: Charge Carrier Extraction by Linearly Increasing Voltage (CELIV), Double Injection Transients, Plasma Extraction, Time-of-Flight etc.
Funded Projects: 
  • PhD fellowship. Centre for International Mobility (CIMO), Graduate School of Materials Research (GSMR), Finland.
  • Numerous personal travel grants: Magnus Ehrnrooth Foundation, Finland; Fortum foundation (earlier Neste), Finland; Amt d. OÖ Landesregierung Linz and Rathaus Linz.
  • UQ Startup grant 2011.
  • DECRA 2012.
  • UQ ECR 2012.