Life at CDT

Innovation through collaboration

CDT is a dynamic, rewarding place to work. We’re proud of our place at the cutting edge of so many technologies and our international culture. We benefit from the security of being part of a major global chemical corporation, yet we’re small enough for individuals to make a real impact. Our parent company, Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd., believes creative hybrid chemistry has a key role in generating a sustainable society and a better tomorrow.

Our values are clear:
we strive for innovation through collaboration

At CDT, we enjoy a positive environment in which our whole team can give their best – solving tomorrow’s problems today.

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Our Purpose

  • CDT Strives To Be A European Research Centre Of Excellence
  • CDT Identifies And Incubates New Technologies That Enable and Enhance our Business

Our high calibre team of scientists and engineers are well-qualified specialists in their fields of research – bright, talented people who enjoy working in an innovative environment. Our skills include:

  • Organic and Inorganic chemistry
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular simulations
  • Materials science
  • Ink formulation
  • Device modelling
  • Device physics
  • Fast optics
  • Engineering
  • Electronics

Meet some of the CDT team

Dr Jonathan Behrendt Senior Scientist

“Since joining CDT in 2014, I have been promoted to Senior Scientist working in the Biosensors team on assay development and surface chemistry for bio-attachment. My initial postdoc role provided me with the ideal opportunity to make the transition from academia to industry. It’s been very rewarding working alongside talented and knowledgeable colleagues and I particularly appreciate CDT’s focus on innovation and cutting edge technology.”

Jemma Allan Scientist

“I hadn’t planned to work at CDT, but 10 years later I am still here! I joined from the Forensic Science Service as a Technical Assistant with no previous OLED or physics knowledge or experience. After four years I progressed to Senior Technical Assistant and then to Scientist. I have had the opportunity to work in many different groups within CDT from materials analysis to inkjet printing and demonstrator fabrication. I am fortunate to be in a position where I learn something new every day, so the 10 years have flown by. Having started working here in my early twenties, I feel I have grown up here with the help and guidance of some fantastic colleagues.”

Dan Forsythe Programme Manager

“During my career with CDT, I have had a number of opportunities to develop my career across a broad range of exciting research programmes. I joined CDT on graduating in 2000, initially as a Senior Technical Assistant, and have progressed through to Scientist, Senior Scientist and I’m now a Research Programme Manager, responsible for Biosensors and FlexOLED research. CDT encourages all employees to identify technology areas that excite and interest them, and actively to contribute to turning these into proposals for new business opportunities. This is a rare and very rewarding opportunity – effectively all staff have the potential to be entrepreneurs, and are exposed to both the commercial pull and technology push to deliver solutions for real applications and products.”

Tom Fletcher Technical Assistant

“I joined CDT in 2012, working on inkjet printed displays. I was quickly able to develop skills in technical printing and thin film metrology, and found I was able to make meaningful contributions to a variety of projects. I’m now working on developing printed thermo-electrics as a new technology – which has allowed me to further expand my skillset and begin developing IP. There is always a new technical challenge to be solved at CDT; the fast paced research and variety of projects make it a really interesting place to work.”

Dr Ilaria Grizzi VP, Research and Technology Development

“I joined CDT as a Senior Scientist in 1995, and have been able take advantage of many development opportunities, having been promoted through Group Leader and Research Director roles, and now Vice President, Research and Technology Development. I am a member of the Senior Executive team with responsibility for leading many of our critical research and development projects. CDT is an inspirational workplace: a crucible for a variety of technologies which offers our employees the chance to participate in very different aspects of technology and gain a holistic understanding. At CDT we give people an opportunity to perform beyond their own expectations. Our Researchers can make a real personal impact on research topics, directions and applications.”

Join the CDT team

Do you think you’d fit into our innovative team?

Working with CDT, you can enjoy an attractive package of benefits, including 27 days holiday, private medical and dental cover, life assurance, pension scheme and employee IP Incentive Award Scheme.

If you have exceptional talent, are keen to be part of our success and would thrive in a dynamic company, please e-mail a covering letter and up-to-date curriculum vitae to

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Our History

Since 2013 CDT significantly broadens the scope of its technology development activity to include sensors and other printed electronics applications. CDT initiates transformation to a European Research Centre for Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd.
2010 New materials continue to be developed. CDT has over 560 patents granted worldwide in 280 families.
2008 Device Development Centre is founded in Ehime, Japan
2007 CDT becomes part of Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. on 19th September 2007. CDT demonstrates a 160 ppi, wide format, three-inch, full-color display at SID 2007. The high resolution display was printed at CDT using Gen 2 inkjet printers on amorphous Si TFT substrates.
2004 CDT floats on NASDAQ.
2002 CDT completes 1,750 square meter US$25 million Technology Development Centre in Godmanchester, U.K. The heart of the centre is a 600m sq. state-of-the-art cleanroom, comprising class 100 and class 1000 areas.
2000 CDT and partners demonstrate the world’s first full color active matrix ink-jet printed PLED display.
1996 CDT makes first licensee sales.
1992 CDT is founded with seed venture capital.
1989 Dr Jeremy Burroughes FRS, Professor Donal Bradley FRS, and Professor Sir Richard Friend FRS at the Cavendish Laboratory of the University of Cambridge discover organic electroluminescence from polymers.