Jonathan Hopkins

Scientia PhD Scholar
Casual Academic

My research focuses on the organic synthesis of conjugated polymers with tailored backbones and functionalities. Conjugated polymers are organic, electroactive materials with numerous applications, ranging from organic electronics and light-emitting diodes to monitoring and controlling signals in biological cells. The versatility of these materials lies in their synthetic flexibility: we can design and synthesize conjugated polymers with specific chemical structures to achieve tailored properties. I am especially interested in functionalizing PEDOT, a popular and highly-stable conjugated polymer, with pendant functionalities based on phosphonate and sulfonate groups. I then characterize these novel materials in terms of their optical, morphological, and electronic properties, and also assess the performance of these materials in organic electrochemical transistors.


  • 2019-2022 - Scientia PhD scholar in Materials Science and Engineering (UNSW)
  • 2014-2018 - B Engineering in Materials Engineering (Honours Class 1 and the University Medal) (UNSW)
  • 2014-2018 - B Engineering in Chemical Engineering (Honours Class 1 and the University Medal) (UNSW)
Journal articles
Hopkins J; Fidanovski K; Lauto A; Mawad D, 2019, 'All-organic semiconductors for electrochemical biosensors: An overview of recent progress in material design', Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, vol. 7,
Hopkins J; Travaglini L; Lauto A; Cramer T; Fraboni B; Seidel J; Mawad D, 2019, 'Photoactive Organic Substrates for Cell Stimulation: Progress and Perspectives', Advanced Materials Technologies, vol. 4,
Mohanarangam K; Hopkins J; Simic K; Stephens DW; Fawell PD, 2018, 'Turbulent mixing of concentrated viscoelastic polymer solution: Influence of submerged sparge shape and orientation', Minerals Engineering, vol. 128, pp. 1 - 16,
  • MATS3004 (Polymer Science and Engineering I) - lab demonstrator and guest lecturer (2020)
  • MATS4006 (Polymer Science and Engineering II) - lab demonstrator (2019-2020)