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Dr Nicolas Laurand

Senior 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.


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)
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)
Gb/s visible light communications with colloidal quantum dot color converters
Leitao Miguel F., Santos Joao M. M., Guilhabert Benoit, Watson Scott, Kelly Anthony E., Islim Mohamed S., Haas Harald, Dawson Martin D., Laurand Nicolas
IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics Vol 23, (2017)
InGaN µLEDs integrated onto colloidal quantum dot functionalised ultra-thin glass
Rae K., Foucher C., Guilhabert B., Islim M.S., Yin L., Zhu D., Oliver R.A., Wallis D.J., Haas H., Laurand N., Dawson M.D.
Optics Express Vol 25, pp. 19179-19184, (2017)
Fluorene-containing tetraphenylethylene molecules as lasing materials
Orofino C., Foucher C., Farrell F., Findlay N. J., Breig B., Kanibolotsky A. L., Guilhabert B., Vilela F., Laurand N., Dawson M. D., Skabara P. J.
Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry Vol 55, pp. 734-746, (2017)
Colloidal quantum dot color converters for visible light communications
Santos J. M., Leitao M., Foucher C., Guilhabert B., Watson S., Kelly A. E., Rajbhandari S., Chun H., Haas H., Faulkner Grahame, O'Brien D. C., Laurand Nicolas, Dawson M. D.
2016 IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC), pp. 396-397, (2017)

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Professional activities

Quantum dot lasers
External Examiner
Mechanically-Flexible Arrays of Organic Microlasers
Invited speaker
Thesis review and external assessment for European Doctorate
External Examiner
Seminar at Luminous!, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Invited speaker
Nature Photonics (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Stephane Blin

more professional activities


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 - University of Strathclyde) | McPhillimy, John Robert
Strain, Michael (Principal Investigator) Laurand, Nicolas (Co-investigator) McPhillimy, John Robert (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2015 - 01-Apr-2019
Medical Devices Doctoral Training Centre Renewal | McConnell, Glenn
Laurand, Nicolas (Principal Investigator) Burley, Glenn (Co-investigator) McConnell, Glenn (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2013 - 01-Nov-2017
EPSRC Doctoral Training Grant - DTA, University of Strathclyde | McLellan, Luke
Laurand, Nicolas (Principal Investigator) Dawson, Martin (Co-investigator) McLellan, Luke (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2013 - 16-Feb-2018
Epsrc Doctoral Training Grant | Rae, Katherine Jeanne
Dawson, Martin (Principal Investigator) Laurand, Nicolas (Co-investigator) Rae, Katherine Jeanne (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2013 - 01-Jun-2018
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.
Period 01-May-2016 - 30-Apr-2017

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Institute of Photonics
Technology Innovation Centre

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