Professor Martin Dawson

Institute of Photonics


Personal statement

Professor Martin D. Dawson FRS FRSE FIEEE FOSA FInstP is a physicist known for his work on lasers and compound semiconductors. He is Director of Research in the University of Strathclyde’s Institute of Photonics, which he helped establish 27 years ago, and he was also appointed inaugural Head and Scientific Director of the Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics (Fh-CAP) in 2012. Martin has over 35 years’ experience of applied research gained in academia and industry in the UK and USA and he has been involved in the formation and technical development of a number of spin-out businesses, most recently including mLED and Neuro-VLC. He gave the Rank Prize Lecture in 2014 and has received awards including Gabor Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics; Aron Kessel Award of the IEEE Photonics Society; Nick Holonyak Jr Award from Optica/OSA; Global Solid State Lighting Award of Outstanding Achievement from ISA; Distinguished Service Award from the IEEE Photonics Society. He and his group have twice been awarded the IEEE Photonics Technology Letters Best Paper Award (2019 and 2022).

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Spectral characterization of a blue light-emitting micro-LED platform on skin-associated microbial chromophores
Serrage Hannah J, Eling Charlotte J, Alves Pedro U, Xie Enyuan, McBain Andrew J, Dawson Martin D, O’Neill Catherine, Laurand Nicolas
Biomedical Optics Express Vol 15, pp. 3200-3215 (2024)
An optrode array for spatiotemporally-precise large-scale optogenetic stimulation of deep cortical layers in non-human primates
Clark Andrew M, Ingold Alexander, Reiche Christopher F, Cundy III Donald, Balsor Justin L, Federer Frederick, McAlinden Niall, Cheng Yunzhou, Rolston John D, Rieth Loren, Dawson Martin D, Mathieson Keith, Blair Steve, Angelucci Alessandra
Communications Biology Vol 7 (2024)
GaN-based series hybrid LED array : a dual-function light source with illumination and high-speed visible light communication capabilities
Xie Enyuan, Cheng Chen, Ouyang Chengsui, Hill Jordan, McKendry Jonathan JD, Zhang Yanchao, Gu Erdan, Herrnsdorf Johannes, Haas Harald, Dawson Martin D
Journal of Lightwave Technology Vol 42, pp. 243-250 (2024)
Deep ultraviolet CMOS-controlled micro light-emitting diode array
McKendry Jonathan JD, Xie Enyuan, Hill Jordan, Zimi Hichem, Herrnsdorf Johannes, Gu Erdan, Henderson Robert K, Dawson Martin D
IEEE Photonics Journal Vol 15, pp. 1-6 (2023)
Micro-LED nanosecond pulsed structured light sources with 405 nm – 510 nm wavelength
Gray JA, McKendry JJD, Herrnsdorf JH, Strain MJ, Henderson RK, Dawson MD
2023 IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC) 2023 IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC)
IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC) (2023)
High speed single pixel imaging with advanced microLED digital light projector
Johnstone GE, Bennett S, Murray P, Dehkhoda F, Henderson RK, Herrnsdorf J, Dawson MD, Strain MJ
2023 IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC) 2023 IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC)
IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC) (2023)

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Professional Activities

Rank Prize Fund Symposium 'Neuromorphic Photonics'
Hyperspectral Single Pixel Imaging with GaN μ-LED arrays for microscale positioning of fluorescent markers
Recent developments in gallium nitride micro-light-emitting diode structured light sources
LED excitation of an on-chip imaging flow cytometer for bead-based immunoassay
Combined Time of Flight and Photometric Stereo Imaging for Surface Reconstruction
Integration of an LED/SPAD Optical Wireless Transceiver with CubeSat On-board Systems

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plaTform drIving The ultimAte coNnectivity (TITAN) (Future Communications Systems Hub)
Haas, Harald (Principal Investigator) Dawson, Martin (Co-investigator) Herrnsdorf, Johannes (Co-investigator) Tavakkolnia, Iman (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 30-Jan-2026
Structured light projection for FLIM in scattering environments (QUANTIC)
Strain, Michael (Principal Investigator) Dawson, Martin (Co-investigator) Herrnsdorf, Johannes (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 30-Jan-2024
Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Gray, Johnathan
Herrnsdorf, Johannes (Principal Investigator) Dawson, Martin (Co-investigator) Gray, Johnathan (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2025
Fraunhofer UK Research Limited: Studentship Agreement | Cohen, Steven
Strain, Michael (Principal Investigator) Dawson, Martin (Co-investigator) Cohen, Steven (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2024
QT Assemble: Integrated Quantum Technology Programme
Strain, Michael (Principal Investigator) Dawson, Martin (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2023
QuantIC - The UK Quantum Technology Hub in Quantum Imaging
Dawson, Martin (Principal Investigator) Jeffers, John (Co-investigator) Strain, Michael (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2024

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Professor Martin Dawson
Institute of Photonics

Tel: 548 4663