Michael J. Bojdys joined King's College London in 2020 as Reader in Chemistry and PI of the ERC-funded "Functional Nanomaterials Group". Previously, he was an Associate Professor at Humboldt-University zu Berlin and an Assistant Professor at Charles University in Prague and Junior Group Leader at the Czech Academy of Sciences. Michael is a Cambridge graduate (2006) and obtained his Ph.D. in 2009 at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces. Since 2019, he is a member of the advisory board of the Young Scientists at the World Economic Forum.
Chances are you are reading this text on the screen of a desktop computer, tablet, or even a smartphone, and in each of your devices, silicon has been processed into thin, semiconducting layers. Moore's Law (i.e. the observation that computing power is doubling every year) has delivered on its promise so far, but according to microprocessor giant Intel, devices based on 7 nm and beyond will require entirely new materials.
Using tools of organic, polymer and materials chemistry we are developing materials that combine useful electronic properties without the need for rare, hard-to-come-by resources. Our materials are constructed in a bottom-up process of molecular Lego and show beautiful levels of symmetry and useful function in the next generation of electronics, sensors and batteries: beyond silicon and graphene.