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.


Three-dimensional cross-nanowire networks recover full terahertz state
Peng Kun, Jevtics Dimitars, Zhang Fanlu, Sterzl Sabrina, Damry Djamshid A, Rothmann Mathias U, Guilhabert Benoit, Strain Michael J, Tan Hark H, Herz Laura M, Fu Lan, Dawson Martin D, Hurtado Antonio, Jagadish Chennupati, Johnston Michael B
Science Vol 368, pp. 510-513 (2020)
Over 10 Gbps VLC for long-distance applications using a GaN-based series-biased micro-LED array
Xie Enyuan, Bian Rui, He Xiangyu, Islim Mohamed Sufyan, Chen Cheng, McKendry Jonathan J D, Gu Erdan, Haas Harald, Dawson Martin D
IEEE Photonics Technology Letters Vol 32, pp. 499-502 (2020)
Gb/s underwater wireless optical communications using series-connected GaN micro-LED arrays
Arvanitakis Georgios N, Bian Rui, McKendry Jonathan J D, Cheng Chen, Xie Enyuan, HE Xiangyu, Yang Gang, Islim Mohamed S, Purwita Ardimas A, Gu Erdan, Haas Harald, Dawson Martin D
IEEE Photonics Journal Vol 12 (2020)
Gigabit per second visible light communication based on AlGaInP red micro-LED micro-transfer printed onto diamond and glass
Carreira J F C, Xie E, Bian R, Herrnsdorf J, Haas H, Gu E, Strain M J, Dawson M D
Optics Express Vol 28, pp. 12149-12156 (2020)
Micro-LEDs for technological convergence between displays, optical communications, and sensing and imaging systems
Dawson Martin D, Herrnsdorf Johannes, Xie Enyuan, Gu Erdan, McKendry Jonathan, Griffiths Alexander D, Strain Michael J
Display Week 2020 (2020)
LED excitation of an on-chip imaging flow cytometer for bead-based immunoassay
Xilong Yuan, Darcie Todd, Stewart Aitchison J, McKendry Jonathan J D, Strain Michael, Dawson Martin D
IEEE Photonics Conference (2020)

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Professional activities

Progress towards transfer printing of II-VI and III-V DBR-free VECSELs
Integrated Photonics Research, Silicon, and Nano-Photonics 2019 (OSA Advanced Photonics Congress)
Gallium nitride micro-LED drive circuits for visible light communications
IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics (Journal)
Peer reviewer
IEEE Photonics Society (External organisation)
Progress in Quantum Electronics (Journal)

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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
Fraunhofer UK Research Limited: Studentship Agreement | Blanchard, Alexander
Dawson, Martin (Principal Investigator) Herrnsdorf, Johannes (Co-investigator) Strain, Michael (Co-investigator) Blanchard, Alexander (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2022
Fraunhofer UK Research Limited: Studentship Agreement | Toon, Miles
Dawson, Martin (Principal Investigator) Strain, Michael (Co-investigator) Toon, Miles (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2022
'Hetero-print': A holistic approach to transfer-printing for heterogeneous integration in manufacturing
Dawson, Martin (Principal Investigator) Martin, Robert (Co-investigator) Strain, Michael (Co-investigator) Watson, Ian (Co-investigator) Guilhabert, Benoit Jack Eloi (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2023
Fraunhofer UK Research Limited: Studentship Agreement | Le Francois, Emma
Dawson, Martin (Principal Investigator) Strain, Michael (Co-investigator) Le Francois, Emma (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 01-Jan-2021
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."
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2021

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Institute of Photonics
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