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).


MicroLED biosensor with colloidal quantum dots and smartphone detection
Bruce Natalie, Farrell Francesca, Xie Enyuan, Scullion Mark G, Haughey Anne-Marie, Gu Erdan, Dawson Martin D, Laurand Nicolas
Biomedical Optics Express Vol 14, pp. 1107-1118 (2023)
Efficient reconstruction of low photon count images from a high speed camera
Johnstone Graeme E, Herrnsdorf Johannes, Dawson Martin D, Strain Michael J
Photonics Vol 10 (2022)
Self-assembled semiconductor microlaser based on colloidal nanoplatelets
Alves Pedro Urbano, Sharma Manoj, Durmusoglu Emek Goksu, Izmir Merve, Dawson Martin D, Demir Hilmi Volkan, Laurand Nicolas
2022 IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC) (2022)
High-speed optical camera communication using a CMOS-driven micro-LED projector
Shao Yingjie, McKendry Jonathan JD, Dehkhoda Fahimeh, Xie Enyuan, Herrnsdorf Johannes, Strain Michael J, Henderson Robert K, Dawson Martin D
2022 IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC) (2022)
Hundred-meter Gb/s deep ultraviolet wireless communications using AlGaN micro-LEDs
Maclure Daniel M, Chen Cheng, McKendry Jonathan J D, Xie Enyuan, Hill Jordan, Herrnsdorf Johannes, Gu Erdan, Haas Harald, Dawson Martin D
Optics Express Vol 30, pp. 46811-46821 (2022)
Hybrid integration of chipscale photonic devices using accurate transfer printing methods
Smith J A, Jevtics D, Guilhabert B, Dawson M D, Strain M J
Applied Physics Reviews Vol 9 (2022)

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Professional activities

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
Integration of an LED/SPAD Optical Wireless Transceiver with CubeSat On-board Systems
Combined Time of Flight and Photometric Stereo Imaging for Surface Reconstruction
Micro-LEDs for technological convergence between displays, optical communications, and sensing and imaging systems
Heterogeneous Integration of Diamond Disk Resonators with Gallium Nitride Photonics

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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
Strategic research for SMEs: Helping small companies to access doctoral level engineering | Maclure, Daniel
Dawson, Martin (Principal Investigator) Herrnsdorf, Johannes (Co-investigator) Maclure, Daniel (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2023

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