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.


Design of linear and star-shaped macromolecular organic semiconductors for photonic application
Kanibolotsky Alexander L, Laurand Nicolas, Dawson Martin D, Turnbull Graham A, Samuel Ifor D W , Skabara Peter J
Accounts of Chemical Research , pp. 1-28 (2019)
Water resistant caesium lead bromide crystal composites
Alves Pedro Urbano, Watson Ian M, Laurand Nicolas, Dawson Martin D
2018 British and Irish Conference on Optics and Photonics, BICOP 2018 - Proceedings IEEE British and Irish Conference on Optics and Photonics (2019)
Amplifying organic semiconductor waveguide based nanocrystal sensor
Jankauskas M, Guilhabert B, Dawson M D, Laurand N
2018 IEEE 18th International Conference on Nanotechnology IEEE NANO 2018 (2019)
Precise positioning and orientation of nanowire lasers in regular and patterned surfaces
Jevtics D, Hurtado A, Guilhabert B, Jankauskas M, Laurand N, Gao Q, Tan H H, Jagadish C, Dawson M D
2018 IEEE 18th International Conference on Nanotechnology (IEEE-NANO) IEEE NANO 2018 2018 IEEE 18th International Conference on Nanotechnology (IEEE-NANO), pp. 1-4 (2019)
Transfer-printed micro-LED and polymer-based transceiver for visible light communications
Rae K, Manousiadis P P, Islim M S, Yin L, Carreira J, Mckendry J J D, Guilhabert B, Samuel I D W, Turnbull G A, Laurand N, Haas H, Dawson M D
Optics Express Vol 26, pp. 31474-31483 (2018)
An organic semiconductor laser platform for the detection of DNA by AgNP plasmonic enhancement
McConnell G, Mabbott S, Kanibolotskyy A L, Skabara P J, Graham D, Burley G A, Laurand N
Langmuir (2018)

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Professional activities

2018 IEEE Photonics Conference (Event)
Inorganic perovskite crystals for fast color-conversion applications
Invited speaker
Wearable LED-based device for phototherapy applications
ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Quantum dot lasers
External Examiner
Applied Physics Express (Journal)
Peer reviewer

more professional activities


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
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 - 01-Jan-2019
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
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
EPSRC Doctoral Training Grant - DTA, University of Strathclyde | McLellan, Luke
Laurand, Nicolas (Principal Investigator) Dawson, Martin (Co-investigator) McLellan, Luke (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2013 - 16-Jan-2018
Medical Devices Doctoral Training Centre Renewal | McConnell, Glenn
Laurand, Nicolas (Principal Investigator) Burley, Glenn (Co-investigator) McConnell, Glenn (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2013 - 01-Jan-2017

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Institute of Photonics
Technology Innovation Centre

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