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Matty Jones, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering
Phone: 208-426-5637 | Fax: 208-426-4466 | Office: ERB 3102
Matty Jones


Dr Matthew Jones joined the Materials Science and Engineering Department of Boise State University in February 2016, working under Dr Eric Jankowski at the Computational Materials Engineering Laboratory.


Dr Jones graduated from the University of Durham, United Kingdom in 2012 with a first-class MPhys degree with honours in Theoretical Physics, specialising in the hydrodynamical simulation of isolated high-redshift disk galaxies, as well as elementary particle theory. During this time, he was afforded to opportunity to collaborate with the Biophysical Sciences Institute on the simulation of the folding and transcription of DNA chromatin, where he discovered many parallels with soft-matter and polymer physics. Such was his enjoyment of the subject, that he decided to apply this knowledge to sustainable energy generation for his PhD - particularly in the examination of the links between organic photovoltaic operation and complex morphological structures.

Studying under Dr Chris Groves of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, Dr Jones graduated with his PhD in December 2015, after just 3 years. He was examined by Professor Alison Walker of the University of Bath - a pioneer in the application of Kinetic Monte Carlo simulations to describe and explore organic solar cells.


Using his expertise in computational simulations and programming, Dr Jones aims to help solve problems associated with producing reliable, sustainable energy for our future. Specifically, he uses a combination of molecular dynamics, quantum chemical and kinetic Monte Carlo methodologies to explore the self-assembly (and subsequent charge transport characteristics) of organic molecules and polymers for use in organic photovoltaic devices. These simulations help explain phenomena that have been discovered through spectroscopic techniques, as well as engineer a set of design rules to help manufacture cheaper and more efficient organic electronic devices.


M. L. Jones, D. M. Huang, B. Chakrabarti and C. Groves, ``Relating Molecular Morphology to Charge Mobility in Semicrystalline Conjugated Polymers’’, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2016, 120, 4240,

M. L. Jones, R. Dyer, N. Clarke and C. Groves ``Are Hot Charge Transfer States the Primary Cause of Efficient Free-Charge Generation in Polymer:Fullerene Organic Photovoltaic Devices? A Kinetic Monte Carlo Study’’, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2014, 16, 20310,

M .L. Jones, B. Chakrabarti and C. Groves, ``Monte Carlo Simulation of Geminate Pair Recombination Dynamics in Organic Photovoltaic Devices: Multi-Exponential, Field-Dependent Kinetics and Its Interpretation’’, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2014, 118, 85,

T. L. Rodgers, P. D. Towsend, D. Burnell, M. L. Jones, S. A. Richards, T. C. B. McLeish, E. Pohl, M. R. Wilson and M. J. Cann, ``Modulation of Global Low-Frequency Motions Underlies Allosteric Regulation: Demonstration in CRP/FNR Family Transcription Factors’’, PLoS Biol., 2013, 11, e1001651,


Dr Jones also enjoys solving Rubik's cubes, playing guitar, singing, swimming, hiking and video games.