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.
- Gallium nitride micro-LED drive circuits for visible light communications
- 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)
- Optical Society of America (External organisation)
more professional activities
- Fraunhofer UK Research Limited: Studentship Agreement | Blanchard, Alexander
- Dawson, Martin (Principal 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:
 LED microdisplay asset tags for management of high-value objects (artworks, nuclear fuel containers).
 Passive asset tags containing unique micro-patterns of fluorescent objects (eg. colloidal quantum dots, organic macromolecules) for higher-volume, anti-counterfeiting applications.
 Customisable continuous-flow micro-reactors for fine chemical manufacturing.
 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
- Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | Stonehouse, Mark
- Dawson, Martin (Principal Investigator) Gu, Erdan (Co-investigator) Stonehouse, Mark (Research Co-investigator)
- 01-Jan-2016 - 01-Jan-2020
Institute of Photonics
Technology Innovation Centre
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