Dr. Marina Leontiadou

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

Newton Building Room 167

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Current positions

Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Physics

Dr Marina Leontiadou first obtained BSc & MSc (Hons) degrees in Physics from The University of Cyprus (Nicosia, Cyprus). She then moved to the Advance Technology Institute at the University of Surrey (United Kingdom) where she studied the spin-dynamics in semiconductor structures for her PhD. Dr Leontiadou then spent a period as a post-doctoral research associate at the Photon Science Institute, at The University of Manchester working on photovoltaic materials. In 2018 she was awarded a lecturership position (assistant professor) at the University of Salford. She is also the leader of the IOP’s Juno Project for Salford University. Her research interests focus on exploiting experimental physics to understand and develop novel photovoltaic and spintronic materials.

Areas of research

Novel Photovoltaics, Energy materials, Nanomaterials, Ultrafast Laser Spectroscopy


Foundation Physics B, Level 3

Foundation Physics Laboratory, Level 3

Fundamental of Physics B, Level 4

Physics Laboratory, Level 5

Supervision of BSc, M.Phys, MSc/PhD projects. Please contact me if you wish to know more about my research and the projects I currently offer. I welcome any new project ideas.

Research interests

My research interests are focussed on exploiting laser and optical characterisation techniques to understand and develop novel light harvesting and light emitting materials, including materials for the next generation of solar cells and high-efficiency lighting. My work utilises a diverse array of state-of-the-art experimental techniques, including Ultrafast Transient Absorption Spectroscopy, Time-Resolved Photoluminescence Spectroscopy, and UV/visible Spectroscopy. I also utilise lab-based X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy facilities and several international synchrotron facilities including SOLEIL (France), MAX-Lab (Sweden) and ELETTRA (Italy). Most recently, I have focused on exploiting ultrafast laser pump-probe experimental techniques to study the charge dynamics in colloidal quantum dots which have demonstrated the potential for a step-change in the cost of photovoltaic technology

Qualifications and Memberships

IOP (MInstP)

Salford Innovation Research Centre

Cyprus Society of Physicists