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.


10 Gbps wavelength division multiplexing using UV-A, UV-B and UV-C micro-LEDs
Maclure Daniel M, McKendry Jonathan JD, Islim Mohamed Sufyan, Xie Enyuan, Chen Cheng, Sun Xiaobin, Liang Xudong, Huang Xiaohui, Abumarshoud Hanaa, Herrnsdorf Johannes, Gu Erdan, Haas Harald, Dawson Martin D
Photonics Research (2021)
Ultra-high frame rate digital light projector using chipscale LED-on-CMOS technology
Bani Hassan Navid, Dehkhoda Fahimeh, Xie Enyuan, Herrnsdorf Johannes, Strain Michael J, Henderson Robert, Dawson Martin D
A study on the optical power requirement of kilometer-range solar-blind NLOS communication links
Sun Xiaobin, McKendry Jonathan JD, Bonner Gerald M, Dawson Martin D
IEEE Photonics Conference (2021)
Spatially dense integration of micron-scale devices from multiple materials on a single chip via transfer-printing
Jevtics Dimitars, Smith Jack A, McPhillimy John, Guilhabert Benoit, Hill Paul, Klitis Charalambos, Hurtado Antonio, Sorel Marc, Tan Hark Hoe, Jagadish Chennupati, Dawson Martin D, Strain Michael J
Optical Materials Express Vol 11, pp. 3567-3576 (2021)
High precision integrated photonic thermometry enabled by a transfer printed diamond resonator on GaN waveguide chip
Smith Jack A, Hill Paul, Klitis Charalambos, Weituschat Lukas, Postigo Pablo A, Sorel Marc, Dawson Martin D, Strain Michael J
Optics Express Vol 29, pp. 29095-29106 (2021)
LED excitation of an imaging cytometer for bead-based immunoassay
Yuan Xilong, Darcie Todd, McKendry Jonathan J D, Dawson Martin D, Strain Michael J, Stewart Aitchison J
IEEE Photonics Technology Letters Vol 33, pp. 892-895 (2021)

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Professional activities

Recent developments in gallium nitride micro-light-emitting diode structured light sources
Integration of an LED/SPAD Optical Wireless Transceiver with CubeSat On-board Systems
Combined Time of Flight and Photometric Stereo Imaging for Surface Reconstruction
LED excitation of an on-chip imaging flow cytometer for bead-based immunoassay
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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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
Fraunhofer UK Research Limited: Studentship Agreement | 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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