Professor Tim Jones

Professor Tim Jones

Provost and Vice-Principal

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Professor Tim Jones joined the University as Provost and Vice-Principal on 1 September 2016. Tim moved to Birmingham from Warwick, where he held a number of leadership positions, including Interim Provost, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Science, Engineering and Medicine, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, Knowledge Transfer and Business Engagement and Chair of the Faculty of Science.

As a member of the University Executive Board, Tim provides the leadership to deliver the University Strategy. At the operational level he works closely with the Directors of Finance, Human Resources and Planning and the five Heads of Colleges in advancing and implementing the annual and three year plans for the University. At the strategic level he works closely with the Registrar and Secretary as well as the Directors of the Corporate Services to develop and deliver our strategic plan.

Amongst others, Tim chairs the Capital Programme Management Group, is a member of the Strategy, Planning and Resources Committee, Council, Senate and a range of other University Committees, and is the University's champion for Athena Swan and equality of opportunity initiatives.

Tim is currently a member of Council at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and a member of the Science Advisory Council for Wales, and was, until recently, on the Board of the Alan Turing Institute in London.


  • 1988 PhD in Chemistry from the University of Liverpool
  • 1985 BSc in Chemistry from the University of Liverpool


Tim obtained his PhD in 1988 from the Chemistry Department at Liverpool University where he worked under the joint supervision of Professors Neville Richardson and Stephen Holloway. He then worked for two years as a postdoctoral research assistant in the Surface Science Research Centre at Liverpool, and spent a short period working at the Fritz-Haber Institute in Berlin on a Fellowship funded by the DAAD. Tim was appointed Lecturer in the Chemistry Department at Imperial College London in 1991, and was promoted to Reader (1997) and Professor of Chemical Physics (1998), as well as becoming the STS/Sumitomo Professor of Electronic Materials (2000-05). He took on several managerial roles at Imperial including Director of the Centre for Electronic Materials and Devices (2001-07) and Co-Director of the London Centre for Nanotechnology (2002-07), the latter a joint venture between Imperial College and University College London. After spending more than 16 years at Imperial he moved to the Chemistry Department at the University of Warwick (2007) as part of the University's strategic investment in advanced materials research.

Tim’s research is focused on understanding and controlling the surface, interface and thin film properties of a range of inorganic and organic semiconductor materials, with applications in areas such as solar cells, light emitting diodes and sensors.


An N-ethylated barbituric acid end-capped bithiophene as an electron-acceptor material in fullerene-free organic photovoltaics, P. Sullivan, G.E. Collis, L.A. Rochford, J.F. Arantes, P. Kemppinen, T.S. Jones, K.N. Winzberg, Chemical Communications, 2015, 51. 6222.

Exploring high temperature templating in non-planar phthalocyanine/copper iodide (111) bilayers; A.J. Ramadan, L.A. Rochford, D.S. Keeble, P. Sullivan, M.P. Ryan, T.S. Jones, S. Heutz, Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 2015, 3, 461.

Anomalous coarsening driven by reversible charge transfer at metal-organic interfaces; A.P. Della, M. Riello, A. Floris, D. Stassen, T.S. Jones, D. Bonifazi, A. De Vita, G. Costantini, ACS Nano, 2014, 8, 12356.

Bi-induced band gap reduction in epitaxial InSbBi alloys; M.K. Rajpalke, W.M. Linhart, K.M. Yu, M. Birkett, J. Alaria, J.J. Bomphrey, S. Sallis, L.F.J. Piper, T.S. Jones, M.J. Ashwin, T.D. Veal, Applied Physics Letters, 2014, 105, 212101.

Acceptor properties of boron subphthalocyanines in fullerene free photovoltaics, N. Beaumont, J.S. Castrucci, P. Sullivan, G.E. Morse, A.S. Paton, Z.H. Lu, T.P. Bender, T.S. Jones, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2014, 118, 14813.

Controlling templating effects at the organic/inorganic interface using (111) oriented copper iodide, L.A. Rochford, D.S. Keeble, O.J. Holmes, G.J. Clarkson, T.S. Jones, Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 2014, 2, 6056.

Self-assembly of decoupled borazines on metal surfaces: the role of the peripheral groups, N. Kalashnyk, P.G. Nagaswaran, S. Kervyn, M. Riello, B. Moreton, T.S. Jones, A. De Vita, D. Bonifazi, G. Costantini, Chemistry-A European Journal, 2014, 20, 11856.

Organic photovoltaic cells utilising ZnO electron extraction layers produced through thermal conversion of ZnSe; E. New, I. Hancox, L.A. Rochford, M. Walker, C.A. Dearden, C.F. McConville, T.S. Jones, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2014, 2, 19201.

High voltage hybrid organic photovoltaics using a zinc oxide acceptor and a subphthalocyanine donor, C.A. Dearden, M. Walker, N. Beaumont, I. Hancox, N.K. Unsworth, P. Sullivan, C.F. McConville, T.S. Jones, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2014, 16, 18926

Growth and properties of GaSbBi alloys, M.K. Rajpalke, W.M. Linhart, M. Birkett, K.M. yu, D.O. Scanlan, J. Buckeridge, T.S. Jones, M.J. Ashwin, T.D. Veal, Applied Physics Letters, 2013, 103, 142106.