Dr Nicolas Laurand

Principal Research Fellow

Institute of Photonics

Personal statement

I am  Associate Team Leader in the Photonic Materials and Devices group at the Institute of Photonics of the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland). My overarching aims are:
➢    To conduct excellent, collaborative research in Photonics and enable technologies for addressing grand challenges and delivering impact
➢    To develop the experts of the future through research

My research in Photonics at the interface of Nanotechnology and Life Sciences contributes:
➢    To further the scientific knowledge of photonic devices and materials including novel colloidal semiconductors and nanomaterials
➢    To develop functional device technologies and instrumentation for healthcare, science, optical communications and emerging applications

My current research themes include:
•    Colloidal quantum dots and perovskites color converters for LEDs and lasers
•    Colloidal semiconductor lasers
•    DNA photonics for sensing
•    Hybrid, mechanically-flexible sources for phototherapy

My interests also cover epitaxial inorganic semiconductor structures and devices, microchip semiconductor disk lasers and optical fibre-based devices.


Micro-LED based optical wireless communications systems
Tian P, McKendry JJD, Herrnsdorf J, Zhu S, Gu E, Laurand N, Dawson MD
Micro LEDs, Volume 106 (2021) (2021)
Micro-LEDs for biomedical applications
McKendry Jonathan, Gu Erdan, McAlinden Niall, Laurand Nicolas, Mathieson Keith, Dawson Martin D
Micro LEDs (2021) (2021)
Multicolor laser oscillation in a single self-assembled colloidal quantum dot microsphere
Alves Pedro Urbano, Laurand Nicolas, Dawson Martin D
2020 IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC) IEEE Photonics Conference (2020)
Oligofluorene truxene laser sensor : towards bacteria growth detection
Johnston Eilidh, Haughey Anne-Marie, Scullion Mark, Kanibolotsky Alexander L, Skabara Peter J, Laurand Nicolas
2019 IEEE 2nd British and Irish Conference on Optics and Photonics (BICOP) 2nd IEEE British and Irish Conference on Optics and Photonics (2020)
Temperature stability of elastomeric colloidal quantum dot colour converter
Bruce Natalie, Farrell Francesca, Laurand Nicolas
2019 IEEE 2nd British and Irish Conference on Optics and Photonics, BICOP 2019 2nd IEEE British and Irish Conference on Optics and Photonics (2020)
Hybrid GaN microLED platform for fluorescence sensing
Farrell F, Bruce N, He X, Xie E, Haughey A-M, Gu E, Dawson M D, Laurand N
UK Nitrides Consortium Winter 2020 (2020)

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Professional activities

Compact Quantum Dot Biosensor with MicroLED Excitation and Smartphone Detection
Invited speaker
Photonics (Journal)
Guest editor
Special Symposium on Micro-LEDs; (IEEE Photonics Conference)
IEEE Photonics Conference 2019 (Event)
ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Inorganic perovskite crystals for fast color-conversion applications
Invited speaker

More professional activities


Lasers and photonics of the future: self-assembled optically active resonators (Research Leadership)
Laurand, Nicolas (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2025
Wearable multi--wavelength light-emitting device - HTAF CiC Interventional Biophotonics
Laurand, Nicolas (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 29-Jan-2020
FlexiLEDs with printed graphen based thermal management
Dawson, Martin (Principal Investigator) Laurand, Nicolas (Co-investigator) Watson, Ian (Co-investigator)
Extremely small flakes of Graphene have been made into printing inks which can pattern thin plastic sheets as well as paper. The flakes are derived in an industrial process from high quality graphite particles in a process known as exfoliation. After the printing process the graphene flakes are organised in a loose arrangement and the contact area between graphene flakes is small. We are developing a conversion process to compress selected areas of the printed graphene regions to enhance heat transfer properties and at the same time make it more efficient when transferring electrical current for integrated electronic and optoelectronic components. Our first demonstration will be flexible sheets of micro LEDs and will lead to completely new and novel formats of solid state lighting and indicator devices. Further development may allow everyday packages to be smart and able to capture data which becomes incorporated in to the internet of things. Other applications would be wearable displays, point of care diagnostic strips, touch devices for light weight vehicles as examples.
01-Jan-2016 - 30-Jan-2017
Fraunhofer UK Research Limited: Studentship Agreement | Jankauskas, Marius
Laurand, Nicolas (Principal Investigator) Dawson, Martin (Co-investigator) Jankauskas, Marius (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 01-Jan-2019
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP - University of Strathclyde) | McPhillimy, John Robert
Strain, Michael (Principal Investigator) Laurand, Nicolas (Co-investigator) McPhillimy, John Robert (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 24-Jan-2019
Epsrc Doctoral Training Grant | Rae, Katherine Jeanne
Dawson, Martin (Principal Investigator) Laurand, Nicolas (Co-investigator) Rae, Katherine Jeanne (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2013 - 01-Jan-2018

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Institute of Photonics
Technology Innovation Centre

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