I am a Reader in nanotechnology, a leader of the Nanomaterials Photnic Research Theme at AIPT and a co-governer of the Nanoscience Research Group.
I joined School of Engineering and Applied Science in July 2009, having spent the previous four years as Research Associate and Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics, University of Cambridge.
Prior to that, I spent 3 years at the Nanotechnology Research Institute and Photonic Research Institute at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, Japan as JSPS postdoctoral Fellow and AIST fellow.
My research background is in advanced materials science, engineering and applied physics. I have gained a substantial work experience in nanotechnology, from engineering through to applications. I have developed optoelectronic devices and systems based on novel materials. An important feature of my research is a constant focus on practical industrial applications of the obtained results. Starting from my pioneering work presented at the Optical Fibre Communication Conference in 2003, in which we demonstrate the first ever nano-tube-based laser operating at 1.5 micron many of my results had an immediate impact on the research and industrial communities.
09.2010-03.2015“Carbon Nanotubes Technologies in Pulsed Fibre Lasers for Telecom and Sensing Applications”, Proposal No 269271- Acronym: TeLaSens FP7 Marie Currie International Research Staff exchange Scheme Project, Amount awarded- €269,000 (PI and Project coordinator)
01.2011 – 04.2011“Molecular dynamic simulation of carbon nanotubes in organic solvents” High Performance Computing Europa project (HPC-EUROPA2 project number: 228398), Amount awarded- 60000 hours of CPU time (Co-PI)
04.2011–03.2012JSPS Furusato award on “Bio-Functional Nanomaterials for Sensor Applications” given by to establish collaborations with the University of Tokyo, Amount awarded- £2,000
11.2011- 10.2012“Development of Functional Nanomaterials for Photonics and Sensor Applications“, The Royal Society Research Grant (RG110136) Amount Awarded- £15,000
12.2011 – 12.2014“Novel Macromolecular Complexes for Rapid Detection of Hazardous Agents” The Science for Peace NATO (PI, NATO Project Director), Amount Awarded- €240,000 (SFP 984 189)
03.2012-05.2012Aston University Business Partnership Unit support for Knowledge Transfer Challenge Project on “The specific functionalization of the localised surface plasmon fibre optical sensor to gaseous carbon dioxide using carbon nanotubes” Amount Awarded -£7,500 (PI)
10.2013-04.2014 British Council Researcher Links 2013 project “New Advanced Materials for Photonics and Sensors”. Amount Awarded £30,000 (PI).
04.2013-02.2016“Nanomaterial Photonic Sensors for Food Manufacturing”, Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship (FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IIF, Proposal #: 330516), Amount Awarded – (€309,235) (PI)
01.2014-10.2018BBSRC Industrial Case PhD studentship “Developing new tools for understanding the in vivo distribution of vaccine adjuvants” Amount Awarded £105,000 (PI).
02.2015-02.2018“Mid-IR ultrabroadband thulium-doped fiber laser systems”, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual European Fellowship (H2020-MSCA-IF-2014_ST, Proposal #: 656984) Amount Awarded – (€195,450) (PI)
02.2015-07.2017“Functionalised Organic Complexes for rapid Sensing of Industrial Polluters” Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual European Fellowship (H2020-MSCA-IF-2014_ST, Proposal #: 654733) Amount Awarded – (€195,450) (PI)
09.2015-12.2019- “Carbon-based nano-materials for theranostic application”, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) project (H2020-MSCA-RISE-2015, Proposal # 690945) Amount Awarded (€180,000) (PI)
Mr Mohamed AlAraimi, PhD Student ( Sponsor-Ministry of Higher Education (Oman))10/2014-09/2018.
Mr Peter Stone, PhD Student, (Sponsor- BBSRC industrial case project & Diagenode Sa)10/2014-09/2018
We are always welcome applications from enthusiastic, hard-working candidates for PhD studentships and Postdoctoral positions. The funding could be from the School or external councils.
The available projects for training are:
•Surface functionalization of nanomaterials •Development of polymer nanocomposites for photonics applications •Optical characterization of nanomaterials (UV-NIR, Photoluminescence Excitation-Emission Spectroscopy, Nonlinear Optical Spectroscopy) •Development of nanomaterials based devices: ultra-short pulse lasers, bio medical and gas sensors, micro-fluidic devices
Member of Optical Society of America Member of JSPS Alumni Society