I joined the University of Aberdeen in September 2022 as the Head of School of Natural and Computing Sciences. I am a physicist by training having studied Laser Physics and Optoelectronics at St. Andrews, followed by a PhD in Atomic and Laser Physics, also at St. Andrews. I then briefly left academia to join the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (dstl) working on optical imaging technologies.
I returned to St. Andrews in 2002 as a postdoctoral research fellow working on cold atom physics before being awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in 2003 to work on holographic optical trapping and beam shaping.
In 2007 I joined the University of Dundee as a Lecturer, and held a variety of roles, including Head of Physics and Associate Dean Research in the School of Science and Engineering.
In 2018 I moved to Australia to take up a Chair and act as the Director, Research Programs in the Faculty of Engineering and IT at the University of Technology Sydney.
My research work focusses on applications of optics in areas such as optical trapping and microscopy. I am interested in making use of these tools in the biomedical science and in environmental sciences (especially in aerosol analysis). I dabble in areas such as THz beam shaping and microfluidics.
I have taught a range of courses throughout my career from first year to research postgraduate. I have been fortunate to teach across disciplinary boundaries, teaching to students taking degrees in topics such as product design to quantum computing.
- MSci (Hons) Laser Physics and Optoelectronics1997 - University of St. Andrews
- PhD Physics2001 - University of St. Andrews
- Member of the Institute of Physics (MInstP)
- Senior Member of the Optica
- Chartered Physicist (CPhys)
I am currently accepting PhDs in Physics.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.
- Photonics and Optical Physics
- Physical Chemistry
- Biophysical Science
- Applied Physics
Currently my teaching consists of honours project supervision on the physics program, but am open to supervising projects from students in any subject area interested in experimental or computational optics and photonics, including biophotonics.
In 2023 I will be starting a new Optics 3rd year course, aimed at students studying physics.
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Roadmap for optical tweezersJPhys Photonics, vol. 5, no. 2, 022501Contributions to Journals: Articles
Trapped aerosol sizes under fiber-based counterpropagation optical trappingJournal of the Optical Society of America B, vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 460-468Contributions to Journals: Articles
Dual beam optical fiber traps for aerosols with angular deviationChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
Examining the Effect of Kindlin-3 Binding Site Mutation on LFA-1-ICAM-1 Bonds by Force Measuring Optical TweezersFrontiers in Immunology, vol. 12, 792813Contributions to Journals: Articles
Single-Pixel Diffuser CameraIEEE Photonics Journal, vol. 13, no. 6, 7800205Contributions to Journals: Articles
Self-evolving ghost imagingOptica, vol. 8, no. 10, pp. 1340-1349Contributions to Journals: Articles
3-d printed all-dielectric dual-band broadband reflectarray with a large frequency ratioIEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, vol. 69, no. 10, pp. 7035-40Contributions to Journals: Articles
Additively manufactured millimeter-wave dual-band single-polarization shared aperture fresnel zone plate metalens antennaIEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, vol. 69, no. 10, pp. 6261-6272Contributions to Journals: Articles
Sub-Terahertz 3-D Printed All-Dielectric Low-Cost Low-Profile Lens-Integrated Polarization Beam SplitterIEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 433-442Contributions to Journals: Articles
A flexible hair-like laser induced graphitic sensor for low flow rate sensing applicationsChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings