Dr Daniel Tate

Daniel Tate was born in Pretoria, South Africa. In 2004 he graduated with a Mchem degree from the University of Leeds. Daniel decided to pursue his scientific interests studying for a CASE funded PhD at the Centre for Molecular Nano Science, University of Leeds, in Prof. Richard Bushby’s research group. During his PhD, Daniel’s research involved the synthesis and development of n-type and ambipolar discotic liquid crystals (DLCs), particularly analogues of triphenylene, phthalocyanine and the non-alternant nucleus benzo[j]fluoranthene. Following his PhD, Daniel completed two short post-docs, also at the University of Leeds. The first was concerned with synthesis of DLC polymers to be incorporated into aligned dewetted stripes (similar to those in Adv. F. Mater, 20: 914-920. doi: 10.1002/adfm.200902140) and photo resist micro channels for OFETs. His second position was with Prof. Andrew Nelson, in collaboration with Modern Water where he developed a prototype toxicity sensor. In June 2011, Daniel joined Prof. Mike Turner’s group working on the CommonSense project. His work is focused on synthesing organic semiconductors for OFET gas sensors, in particular detecting explosive analytes such as TNT and RDX. Daniel’s latest research involves the development of printed OFET sensors as part of the EPSRCs Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Large Area Electronics (CIMLAE). CIMLAE is a large collaborative effort involving the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, The University of Manchester and Swansea University, with the aim of addressing the manufacturing issues associated with organic electronics.