Dr. Marina Leontiadou

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

New SEE Building -  Room 03.22

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Current positions

Reader (Associate 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. In 2022 Dr Leontiadou was promoted to Reader (associate professor).

She is also the leader of the IOP’s Juno Project for Salford University. Dr Leontiadou was elected onto the committee of IOP Materials and Characterisation Special Interest Group.

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

Areas of supervision

Novel Photovoltaics, Energy materials, Nanomaterials, Ultrafast Laser Spectroscopy


  • Programme Leader for the STEM Foundation Year (2021-present)
  • Foundation Physics B, Level 3
  • Foundation Physics Laboratory, Level 3
  • Fundamental of Physics B, Level 4
  • Physics in Context, Level 4
  • Electricity, Magnetism and Light, Level 4
  • Mechanics, Relativity and Quantum Physics, Level 4 
  • Physics Laboratory, Level 5

Supervision of BSc, M.Phys, MSc/PhD projects. I offer a range of projects related to my research interests but also offer projects related to the current challenges facing STEM subjects in the areas of equality, diversity and inclusion. 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

  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • IOP (MInstP)
  • Salford Innovation Research Centre
  • Cyprus Society of Physicists