Dr Warwick Belcher
Dr Belcher is a recent appointment in Chemistry at the University of Newcastle through the Centre for Organic Electronics. He was awarded a prestigious NZ Science and Technology Post-Doctoral Fellowship in 1995 to investigate the synthesis of porphyrin arrays for photovoltaic applications and has continued to be active in the areas of porphyrin chemistry and organic photovoltaics since.
From 2001-2003 he held the position of Assistant Director of the Nanomaterials Research Centre based at Massey University, New Zealand, where he conducted research into a wide range of areas of porphyrin array synthesis with direct application to photovoltaic devices and conducting polymer (particularly polyterthiophene) synthesis, processing and application. These interests led to employment in the group of A/Prof Paul Dastoor at the University of Newcastle where he was involved in developing new materials for organic photovoltaic applications and in designing and fabricating biosensors based on a new type of organic field effect transistor. This position led to his current academic appointment within the Centre.
Currently his research interests lie in the design and synthesis of new materials to not only enhance the performance of organic photovoltaic devices and organic biosensors, but to further understanding of how these devices function on a molecular level.
- Conducting polymers
- Porphyrin chemistry
- Design and synthesis of new materials for organic photovoltaics and biosensors
- Organoelectronic device fabrication
- BSc(Chemistry) (Auckland)
- MSc(1st class) (Auckland)
- PhD(Chemistry) (Auckland)