Professor Martin Dawson

Institute of Photonics

Personal statement

Professor Martin D. Dawson FInstP FOSA FIEEE FRSE 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 20 years ago, and he was also appointed inaugural Head of the Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics (F-CAP) in October 2012. Martin has over 30 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 Ltd. He holds an EPSRC Programme Grant on visible light communications and gave a Rank Prize Lecture in 2014 on ‘Applied Research in Photonics’. He was awarded the 2016 Gabor Medal and Prize by the Institute of Physics and the 2016 Aron Kessel Award by the IEEE Photonics Society.


Gb/s visible light communications with colloidal quantum dot color converters
Leitao Miguel F., Santos Joao M. M., Guilhabert Benoit, Watson Scott, Kelly Anthony E., Islim Mohamed S., Haas Harald, Dawson Martin D., Laurand Nicolas
IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics Vol 23, (2017)
Integration of semiconductor nanowire lasers with polymeric waveguide devices on a mechanically flexible substrate
Jevtics Dimitars, Hurtado Antonio, Guilhabert Benoit, McPhillimy John, Cantarella Giuseppe, Gao Qian, Tan Hark Hoe, Jagadish Chennupati, Strain Michael John, Dawson Martin
Nano letters, pp. 1-20, (2017)
InGaN µLEDs integrated onto colloidal quantum dot functionalised ultra-thin glass
Rae K., Foucher C., Guilhabert B., Islim M.S., Yin L., Zhu D., Oliver R.A., Wallis D.J., Haas H., Laurand N., Dawson M.D.
Optics Express Vol 25, pp. 19179-19184, (2017)
1.9 µm waveguide laser fabricated by ultrafast laser inscription in Tm : Lu2O3 ceramic
Morris J., Stevenson N. K., Bookey H. T., Kar A. K., Brown C. T.A., Hopkins J. M., Dawson M. D., Lagatsky A.A.
Optics Express Vol 25, pp. 14910-14917, (2017)
Structured illumination for communications and bioscience using GaN micro-LED arrays interfaced to CMOS
McKendry Jonathan, Xie Enyuan, Herrnsdorf Johannes, McAlinden Niall, Gu Erdan, Watson Ian, Strain Michael, Mathieson Keith, Dawson Martin
Emerging Technologies in Communications, Microsystems, Optoelectronics and Sensors, (2017)
A multi-gigabit/sec integrated multiple input multiple output visible light communication demonstrator
Rajbhandari Sujan, Jalajakumari Aravind V.N., Chun Hyunchae, Faulkner Grahame, Cameron Katherine, Henderson Robert, Tsonev Dobroslav, Haas Harald, Xie Enyuan, McKendry Jonathan J. D., Herrnsdorf Johannes, Ferreira Ricardo, Gu Erdan, Dawson Martin D., O'Brien Dominic
Journal of Lightwave Technology, (2017)

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Professional activities

IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Progress in Quantum Electronics (Journal)
Progress in Quantum Electronics (Journal)
IEEE Photonics Society (External organisation)
IEEE Photonics Society Annual Meeting (External organisation)
IEEE Photonics Society (External organisation)

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Fraunhofer UK Research Limited: Studentship Agreement | Jankauskas, Marius
Laurand, Nicolas (Principal Investigator) Dawson, Martin (Co-investigator) Jankauskas, Marius (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2015 - 01-Apr-2019
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | Stonehouse, Mark Robert
Dawson, Martin (Principal Investigator) Strain, Michael (Co-investigator) Stonehouse, Mark Robert (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 01-Apr-2020
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTA - University of Strathclyde) | Jevtics, Dimitars
Dawson, Martin (Principal Investigator) Hurtado, Antonio (Co-investigator) Jevtics, Dimitars (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2015 - 01-Apr-2019
Fraunhofer UK Research Limited: Studentship Agreement | BOUDET, Antoine
Mathieson, Keith (Principal Investigator) Dawson, Martin (Co-investigator) BOUDET, Antoine (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2014 - 01-Apr-2018
Fraunhofer UK Research Limited: Studentship Agreement | Hunter, Craig
Strain, Michael (Principal Investigator) Dawson, Martin (Co-investigator) Hunter, Craig (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2016 - 01-Jul-2019
Light-controlled manufacturing of semiconductor structures: a platform for next generation processing of photonic devices
Skabara, Peter (Principal Investigator) Dawson, Martin (Co-investigator) Edwards, Paul (Co-investigator) Martin, Robert (Co-investigator) Watson, Ian (Co-investigator)
"This Platform Grant (PG) will apply our internationally-leading expertise in structured illumination and hybrid inorganic/organic semiconductor optoelectronic devices to create new opportunities in the rapidly developing field of light-controlled manufacturing. Structured illumination fields can in principle be obtained from both inorganic (GaN) and organic LEDs, implemented on a macroscale via relay optics, or demagnified to a microscale. Novel manufacturing with photopolymerisable materials can firstly involve use of structured illumination as a novel means to control motorised stages. This technique can be combined with pattern-programmable UV excitation for mask-free photolithographic patterning, continuous photo-curing over larger fields, localised photochemical deposition, or other forms of photo-labile assembly. Process variants can also be envisaged in which arbitrarily positioned fluorescent objects or markers are 'hunted', and then subject to beam excitation for photocuring or targeted photoexcitation. This method could be used, for example, to immobilise individual colloidal quantum dots for use as emitters in quantum technology applications. Multifunctional devices with sensing ability, such as organic lasers for explosives detection, represent another excellent example of automated devices operating under remote conditions. Further examples of the envisaged uses of this technology include: [1] LED microdisplay asset tags for management of high-value objects (artworks, nuclear fuel containers). [2] Passive asset tags containing unique micro-patterns of fluorescent objects (eg. colloidal quantum dots, organic macromolecules) for higher-volume, anti-counterfeiting applications. [3] Customisable continuous-flow micro-reactors for fine chemical manufacturing. [4] Energy harvesting micro-modules to power other autonomous microsystems, where we will focus on organic PV and ambient-radiation (RF) approaches."
Period 01-Jul-2017 - 30-Jun-2021

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