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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.


Flexible glass hybridized colloidal quantum dots for Gb/s visible light communications
Foucher Caroline, Islim Mohamed Islim, Guilhabert Benoit Jack Eloi, Videv Stefan, Rajbhandari Sujan, Gomez Diaz Ariel , Chun Hyunchae, Vithanage Dimali A., Turnbull Graham A., Samuel Ifor D. W., Faulkner Grahame, O'Brien Dominic C., Haas Harald, Laurand Nicolas, Dawson Martin D.
IEEE Photonics Journal Vol 10, (2018)
Poissonian communications : free space optical data transfer at the few-photon level
Griffiths Alexander D., Herrnsdorf Johannes, Lowe Christopher, Macdonald Malcolm, Henderson Robert, Strain Michael J., Dawson Martin D.
Design, fabrication and application of GaN-based micro-LED arrays with individual addressing by n-electrodes
Xie Enyuan, Stonehouse Mark, Ferreira Ricardo, McKendry Jonathan J. D., Herrnsdorf Johannes, He Xiangyu, Rajbhandari Sujan, Chun Hyunchae, Jalajakumari Aravind V.N., Almer Oscar, Faulkner Grahame, Watson Ian M., Gu Erdan, Henderson Robert, O'Brien Dominic, Dawson Martin D.
IEEE Photonics Journal Vol 9, (2017)
MicroLED-pumped perovskite quantum dot color converter for visible light communications
Leitão M. F., Islim M. S., Yin L., Viola S., Watson S., Kelly A., Li X., Yu D., Zeng H., Videv S., Haas H., Gu E., Laurand N., Dawson M. D.
30th Annual Conference of the IEEE Photonics Society, pp. 69-70, (2017)
Large scale matching of function to the genetic identity of retinal ganglion cells
Pisano Filippo, Zampaglione Erin, McAlinden Niall, Roebber Jennifer, Dawson Martin D., Mathieson Keith, Sher Alexander
Scientific Reports Vol 7, (2017)
Manufacturing with light - micro-assembly of opto-electronic microstructures
Zhang Shuailong, Liu Yongpeng, Qian Yang, Li Weizhen, Juvert Joan , Tian Pengfei , Navarro Jean-Claude , Clark Alasdair W, Gu Erdan, Dawson Martin D., Cooper Jonathan M., Neale Steven L.
AMB Express Vol 25, pp. 28838-28850, (2017)

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Professional activities

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

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Fraunhofer UK Research Limited: Studentship Agreement | Le Francois, Emma
Dawson, Martin (Principal Investigator) Strain, Michael (Co-investigator) Le Francois, Emma (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2017 - 01-Apr-2021
UK Quantum Technology Hub in Quantum Enhanced Imaging (Quantic) / R140296-103
Dawson, Martin (Principal Investigator) Gu, Erdan (Co-investigator) Strain, Michael (Co-investigator) Watson, Ian (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Aug-2016 - 31-Jan-2017
POC7 Novel and Functional Polymer Encapsulation for Deep Ultraviolet Light Emitting Diodes
Dawson, Martin (Principal Investigator)
Period 11-Oct-2006 - 13-May-2009
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
Dawson, Martin (Principal Investigator) Gu, Erdan (Co-investigator) Stonehouse, Mark (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 01-Apr-2020
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTA - University of Strathclyde) | Jevtics, Dimitars
Hurtado, Antonio (Principal Investigator) Dawson, Martin (Co-investigator) Jevtics, Dimitars (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2015 - 01-Apr-2019

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Institute of Photonics
Technology Innovation Centre

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