Dr Helena Gleskova

Senior Lecturer

Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Personal statement

I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde where I am leading the Organic Electronics group within the Institute for Signals, Systems, and Communications. My main research interests centre around fabrication, design, optimisation, and application of low-voltage organic transistors with ultra-thin, bi-layer dielectrics. The unique transistor design results in transistors with high transconductance. The current key applications include electronic skin and flexible and wearable thin-film sensors that combine traditional approcahes with the use of functional polymers, e.g. ferroelectric co-polymer P(VDF-TrFE). 

Previously with the Department of Electrical Engineering of Princeton University (1993-2007), USA, I pioneered the fabrication of thin-film silicon transistors on flexible glass and plastic substrates, introduced electrophotographic printing into electronic device fabrication, developed the first experimental correlation between the thin-film transistor performance and applied mechanical strain, derived the mechanical theory of thin films on foil substrates to control misalignment in flexible electronics, and made seminal contributions to the defect physics of hydrogenated amorphous silicon.

I co-authored 11 patent groups/applications, 5 book chapters and about 100 technical papers. I also directed a mid-size university microfabrication facility with 100+ users.  I am a Senior Member of IEEE and member of Materials Research Society (MRS) and Society for Information Display (SID). Since 2016 I have served as the Director of the Graduate School in the EEE Department. 


Has expertise in:

    • Flexible, low-voltage organic thin-film transistors and sensors
    • Ferroelectric PVDF co-polymer and its application to sensing
    • Electro-mechanical behaviour of flexible thin-film electronics
    • Electronic device fabrication using standard and novel techniques
    • Broad range of material growth and characterization techniques


Solving of compact model of organic transistors with multi-finger contacts
Jurecka Stanislav, Glesk Ivan, Al Ruzaiqi Afra Salim Mohamed, Gleskova Helena
Progress in Applied Surface, Interface and Thin Film Science
Solar Renewable Energy News (2019)
Low-voltage organic thin-film transistors based on [n]phenacenes
Al Ruzaiqi Afra, Okamoto Hideki, Kubozono Yoshihiro, Zschieschang Ute, Klauk Hagen, Baran Peter, Gleskova Helena
Organic Electronics Vol 73, pp. 286-291 (2019)
Flexible force sensors embedded in office chair for monitoring of sitting postures
Ishaku Amayikai A, Tranganidas Aris, Matúška Slavomír, Hudec Róbert, McCutcheon Graeme, Stankovic Lina, Gleskova Helena
IEEE International Conference on Flexible and Printable Sensors and Systems (2019)
Compact modeling of organic transistors with multi-finger contacts
Al Ruzaiqi Afra, Nikolov Boyko, Chen Lawrence R, Gleskova Helena
IEEE International Conference on Flexible and Printable Sensors and Systems (2019)
Low-voltage high-transconductance dinaphtho-[2,3-b:2',3'-f]thieno [3,2-b]thiophene (DNTT) transistors on polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) foils
Ishaku Amayikai A, Al Ruzaiqi Afra, Gleskova Helena
IEEE International Conference on Flexible and Printable Sensors and Systems (2019)
Organic thin film transistors with multi-finger contacts as voltage amplifiers
Al Ruzaiqi Afra, Ishaku Amayikai A, Gleskova Helena
IEEE Access Vol 6, pp. 43770-43775 (2018)

More publications


I am involved in several core modules in the first and second years.  The classes are large and the student population is composed of students studying on four different degree programs.  Consequently, my teaching methods cover traditional and innovative lecturing, hands-on tutorial support, weekly on-line quizzes with instant feedback, and laboratories requiring mandatory preparation and active participation.   

My taeching duties are:

EE105  PDP & SGT    

EE269  Electronic and Electrical Principles 2     

EE271  Electronic and Electrical Techniques and Designs 2     

Research interests

  • Integration of thin-film devices with flexible substrates
  • Electrical response of thin-film electronics to mechanical strain
  • Novel device fabrication processes including printing and roll-to-roll fabrication
  • Low-voltage thin-film electronics
  • Electronic skin and tactile sensing
  • Electrically conducting biogels

Professional activities

IEEE International Conference on Flexible and Printable Sensors and Systems
International Conference on the Science and Technology of Synthetic Metals
Toward Development of Flexible Organic Sensors
Low-Voltage Organic Thin-Film Transistors for Wearable Sensors
Low-Voltage Organic Thin-Film Transistors and Sensors
Force and Temperature Sensors Based on Organic Thin-Film Transistors and P(VDF-TrFE)

More professional activities


Organic electrochemical transistors for future health
Gleskova, Helena (Principal Investigator)
04-Jan-2017 - 18-Jan-2017
SENSors and Intelligence in BuiLt Environment (SENSIBLE) MSCA RISE
Stankovic, Lina (Principal Investigator) Glesk, Ivan (Co-investigator) Gleskova, Helena (Co-investigator) Stankovic, Vladimir (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2020
Polymorph control in PVDF thin films for sensor applications and composites
Johnston, Karen (Principal Investigator) Sefcik, Jan (CoI) Mulheran, Paul (CoI) Gleskova, Helena (CoI) Liggat, John (CoI) McKechnie, David (Researcher)
In this project we will develop a computational model to guide the design of polymer thin films for composite and flexible sensor applications.
01-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2017
Research Studentship in Organic Electronics | Afra Al-Ruzaiqi
Gleskova, Helena (Principal Investigator) Soraghan, John (Academic) Al Ruzaiqi, Afra Salim Mohamed (Post Grad Student)
01-Jan-2016 - 01-Jan-2019
BTG - A joint theoretical and experimental investigation of alkyl phosphonic acid SAMs in organic field-effect transistors
Johnston, Karen (Principal Investigator) Gleskova, Helena (Principal Investigator) Cardona Amengual, Javier (Researcher)
EPSRC Doctoral Training Grant - DTA, University of Strathclyde | Hannah, Stuart
Gleskova, Helena (Principal Investigator) Uttamchandani, Deepak (Co-investigator) Hannah, Stuart (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2013 - 09-Jan-2017

More projects


Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Royal College Building

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