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Natalie Stingelin

Natalie Stingelin (also published under Natalie Stutzmann and Natalie Stingelin-Stutzmann), Fellow of the Materials Research Society and Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), is a materials scientist and current chair of the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology (since 2016; chair since 2022),[3] the University of Bordeaux (since 2017) and Imperial College (since 2009).[1][4] She led the European Commission Marie Curie INFORM network and is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Materials Chemistry C and Materials Advances.

Early life and education

Stingelin originally wanted to study architecture but instead decided to study materials science at ETH Zurich, graduating in 1997.[5][6] She remained there for her graduate studies, earning a PhD[2] in 2001 which was awarded the ETH Zurich medal – the highest honour a PhD can receive at ETH Zurich.[6]

Research and career

She joined the Philips Research Laboratories as a research associate in 2003.[7] She was a research associate at the University of Cambridge and Queen Mary University of London.[8] At Cambridge she worked with Henning Sirringhaus and Sir Richard Friend.[9]

Stingelin secured funding from the EPSRC to establish the Centre for Plastic Electronics at Imperial College London.[10] She studies organic electronic materials and how their microstructure impacts their electronic properties.[8] She is a member of the IUPAC committee on polymer terminology.[11] In 2011, Stingelin was awarded a European Research Council starting grant, and in 2015, she secured an ERC Proof-of-Concept grant.[6][12] Her research considers organic photovoltaics and organic thin film transistors.[13][14][15] Her main research areas are the microfabrication and selective patterning of organic electronic materials and inorganic-organic frameworks.[16] She developed a model that describes the relationship between charge transport, disorder and aggregation in conjugated molecular systems.[17] High molecular weight polymers demonstrate a charge transport that is limited by lattice disorder.[17] She also demonstrated that crystallisation of fullerene molecules in polymer/fullerene blends is the driver of charge separation.[18][19]

Stingelin has been the co-lead of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Large Area Electronics, and led the European Commission Marie Curie INFORM network.[6][20][21] In 2016, Stingelin joined Georgia Institute of Technology,[22] and since 2017, she has been active in Bordeaux as Chaire Internationale Associée, enabled by the Excellence Initiative of the Université de Bordeaux. On August 1, 2022 she began her post as the chair of the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech after working with both the schools of Material Science and Engineering as well as Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. She has spoken about organic electronic materials at the World Economic Forum.[23] She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Materials Chemistry C,[24] Advanced Functional Materials, ACS Macro Letters, ACS Materials Letters, Chemistry of Materials, Materials Advances,[25] Polymer Chemistry and Polymer Crystallization.

Awards and honours

Stingelin’s awards and honours include:

  • 2011: ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grant
  • 2012: Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC).[26]
  • 2014: Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining Rosenhain Medal and Prize[27]
  • 2015: Chinese Academy of Sciences President’s International Fellowship Initiative[28]
  • 2015: ERC Proof-of-Concept Grant
  • 2016: Chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Electronic Processes in Organic Materials[29]
  • 2019: Elected a Fellow of the Materials Research Society[30]
  • 2021: Engineering and Physical Sciences Suffrage Science award[31]2021: Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors[32]


  1. Jump up to:a b Natalie Stingelin publications indexed by Google Scholar 
  2. Jump up to:a b Stutzmann, Natalie (2001). Microstructuring of polymers and polymer-supported matterethz.ch (PhD thesis). ETH Zurich. doi:10.3929/ethz-a-004118232hdl:20.500.11850/145036OCLC 51318745
  3. ^ “Natalie Stingelin Selected as New Chair of MSE | Materials Science and Engineering”mse.gatech.edu. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  4. ^ Natalie Stingelin publications from Europe PubMed Central
  5. ^ “AMN8 Queenstown: ‘You followed your dreams and it all worked out'”The Spinoff. 2017-02-16. Retrieved 2021-03-25.
  6. Jump up to:a b c d “Home – Professor Natalie Stingelin”imperial.ac.uk. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  7. ^ “Stingelin Lab”stingelin-lab.gatech.edu. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  8. Jump up to:a b “Natalie Stingelin — Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies – FRIAS”frias.uni-freiburg.de (in German). Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  9. ^ Stutzmann, N. (2003). “Self-Aligned, Vertical-Channel, Polymer Field-Effect Transistors”. Science299 (5614): 1881–1884. Bibcode:2003Sci…299.1881Sdoi:10.1126/science.1081279ISSN 0036-8075PMID 12649478S2CID 7885878.
  10. ^ uk, David Lockwood, info AT pageunderconstruction DOT co DOT. “SEMS is awarded an EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre”sems.qmul.ac.uk. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  11. ^ “IUPAC Latest News”IUPAC | International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  12. ^ “The European Research Council at the Annual meeting of the World Economic Forum 2016” (PDF). ERC. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  13. ^ “Research – FemtoMat Research Group”. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  14. ^ Cleave, Vicki (2012-01-12). “Most read Polymer Physics articles December 2011 – MaterialsViews.com”Advanced Science News. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  15. ^ uk, David Lockwood, info AT pageunderconstruction DOT co DOT. “Materials Image on Front Cover of Materials Today”sems.qmul.ac.uk. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  16. ^ “Research – Professor Natalie Stingelin”imperial.ac.uk. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  17. Jump up to:a b Noriega, Rodrigo; Rivnay, Jonathan; Vandewal, Koen; Koch, Felix P. V.; Stingelin, Natalie; Smith, Paul; Toney, Michael F.; Salleo, Alberto (2013-08-04). “A general relationship between disorder, aggregation and charge transport in conjugated polymers”. Nature Materials12 (11): 1038–1044. Bibcode:2013NatMa..12.1038Ndoi:10.1038/nmat3722ISSN 1476-1122PMID 23913173.
  18. ^ Jamieson, Fiona C.; Domingo, Ester Buchaca; McCarthy-Ward, Thomas; Heeney, Martin; Stingelin, Natalie; Durrant, James R. (2012). “Fullerenecrystallisation as a key driver of charge separation in polymer/fullerene bulk heterojunction solar cells”. Chem. Sci3 (2): 485–492. doi:10.1039/C1SC00674F.
  19. ^ Westacott, Paul; Tumbleston, John R.; Shoaee, Safa; Fearn, Sarah; Bannock, James H.; Gilchrist, James B.; Heutz, Sandrine; deMello, John; Heeney, Martin (2013). “On the role of intermixed phases in organic photovoltaic blends”. Energy & Environmental Science6 (9): 2756. doi:10.1039/c3ee41821aISSN 1754-5692.
  20. ^ “Professor Natalie Stingelin – CIMLAE – EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Large-Area Electronics”. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  21. ^ “Team”ITN Inform. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  22. ^ “Natalie Stingelin | Georgia Tech School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering”chbe.gatech.edu. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  23. ^ World Economic Forum (2016-02-24), Plastics that can manipulate light | Natalie Stingelin, retrieved 2019-03-04
  24. ^ Chemistry, Royal Society of (2016-02-23). “journal of materials chemistry c_editorial board”rsc.org. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  25. ^ “A new open access journal for materials science”Royal Society of Chemistry. Retrieved 2021-03-25.
  26. ^ “Honours and Memberships – Professor Natalie Stingelin”imperial.ac.uk. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  27. ^ “The Institute Medals and Prizes 2014 | IOM3”iom3.org. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  28. ^ Cheung, Lisa. “Prof Natalie Stingelin awarded CAS Fellowship”Imperial College London. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  29. ^ “Dr. Natalie Stingelin – KAUST Solar Center”ksc.kaust.edu.sa. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  30. ^ “Stingelin Named 2019 MRS Fellow”. MSE, Georgia Tech. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  31. ^ “Stingelin receives ‘Engineering and Physical Sciences’ Suffrage Science award | Materials Science and Engineering”www.mse.gatech.edu. Retrieved 2021-05-13.
  32. ^ “NAI 2021 Class of Fellows” (PDF). Retrieved 2021-12-07.

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