BSc/MSc (NCHU), GCHEd (UQ), DPhil (Oxford)
Senior Lecturer
+61 7 334 67657

Lawrence held a prestigious Swire Scholarship while carrying out his DPhil study on organic materials for solar cells and organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) at the University of Oxford, UK, (1996-2000). His post-doctoral research at Oxford University focused on the design, synthesis and characterisation of fluorescent and phosphorescent dendrimers (branched macromolecules) for OLEDs. He played a key role in electro-active dendrimers development so that light-emitting dendrimers have been recognised internationally as the third main class of OLED materials (alongside small molecules and pi-conjugated polymers). In December 2007, he joined the University as a Lecturer in Chemistry of Materials.

Brief Research Description: 
Functional (organics & organometallics) materials design, synthesis and characterisation for organic opto-electronics
Research Focus and Collaborations: 

His research group focuses on functional materials development (from novel molecular design, synthesis and characterisation to device fabrication and analysis) using small molecules, oligomers, dendrimers and polymers for opto-electronics (e.g., next-generation light-emitting displays, solid-state lighting, lasers, orgnaic solar cells, photodetectors and sensors, recent reviews: Chem. Rev. 2007, 107, 1097; Adv. Mater. 2007, 19, 1675), superconductors, health-care applications (e.g., cancer detection and therapy by multiphoton absorption: Nature Mater. 2005, 4, 435), and clean fuel generation (e.g., water splitting driven by sunlight; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2009, 48, 2842). These projects are highly interdisciplinary in collaboration with researchers within the School, University, Australia and overseas. 

Honours students and PhD candidates who have excellent organic synthetic chemistry skills and experiences, and high interest in new materials development for organic opto-electronics should contact Dr Lo asap.

Also join us the 3rd Frontiers of Organic Semiconductors Lasers (3FOSL) symposium on 24-24 Jan 2019 at Brisbane, Australia;

Funded Projects: 

JSPS Core-to-Core Program: 2018-2023
Clarification of TADF Emission and Challenge for Novel Light-Emitting Materials

The Australia-India Strategic Research Fund Project: 2017-2020
Large Area Opto-Electronics for Australia and India

ARC Discovery Project: 2016-2019
Light Emitting Transistors: A New Route to Digital Displays and Lasers

ARC Discovery Project: 2014-2016
Molecular Alignment in Organic Semiconductors

ARC Discovery Project: 2012-2014
Fundamental Processes in Organic Photodetectors - Towards Next Generation Imaging and Sensing Systems

ARC Discovery Project: 2010-2012
Spin-Liquids, Antiferromagnetism, and Superconductivity in Organic Charge Transfer Salts, Synthesis, Neutron Scattering and Theory

ARC Linkage Infrastructure Equipment Facilies: 2011
High Pressure Facility for Optical Spectroscopy – Investigation of Novel Superconductors and Strongly Correlated Electron Systems

Australian Synchrotron Beamtime: 2011, 2012
XAS Water Splitting Investigation

Smart Futures National and International Research Alliances Program: 2009-2013
Organic Solar Cell Alliance (OSCA)

UQ Major Equipment and Infrastructure Funds: 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017

UQ Global Strategy and Partnerships Seed Fund: 2018

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Experimental Chemistry
  • Nanoscience
  • Introduction to Research
Significant Professional Activities and Awards: 
  • Progress 100 Visiting Professor (Kyushu University, with Prof C. Adachi at OPERA, Japan)
  • Visiting Researcher (with Prof S. Tokito at ROEL, Yamagata University, Japan)
  • Visiting Academic (with Prof D. D. C. Bradley and Prof M. Moloney at Oxford University, UK)

Invited Journal Reviewer:

  • ACS Energy Letters
  • ACS Nano
  • Advanced Functional Materials
  • Advanced Optical Materials
  • Advanced Materials
  • Angewandte Chemie
  • Chemistry-An Asian Journal
  • Chemistry-A European Journal
  • Journal of Materials Chemistry C
  • Journal of Organic Chemistry
  • Journal of The American Chemical Society
  • Macromolecules
  • Nature Communications
  • Organic Electronics
  • Organic Letters
  • Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
  • RSC Advances

Invited Grant Application Reviewer:

  • ARC Discovery Projects, Future Fellowships, Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards, & Linkage Schemes
  • The Innovation and Technology Commission of Hong Kong 
  • The Research Grants Council of Hong Kong


>60 patents globally (on light-emitting applications and water splitting)

Publication Summary:

  • refereed journal publications: >70; h-indiex: 29; total citations: >4,600; i10-index: 51
  • journal front cover pages in J. Am. Chem. Soc., Adv. Mater., Adv. Funt. Mater. & Adv. Opt. Mater.
  • research highlights in Nat. Mater., Chem Australia, & Mater. Views.
Selected Publications: