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Damian has recently commenced his prestigious Enterprise Fellowship -awarded by the Royal Academy of Engineering - to commercialise recent technology pioneered in CMMPE.
The global cost of counterfeit products - from fake banknotes to pharmaceuticals and consumer products - is estimated at £500 billion. Using the breakthroughs in printable liquid crystal laser technology and liquid crystal lasers, Damian will develop his work on unique optical signatures combined with scalable print processing to provide security features and devices which could help prevent the sale of counterfeit goods. Damian aims to establish a spin-out company to bring this technology to market with support from his colleagues in CMMPE and the Inkjet Research Centre as well as Cambridge Enterprise.
research on carbon nanotubes led by CMMPE members has been featured
in the Research Highlights section of Nature Photonics.
Local manufacturer, Michell Instruments, is sponsoring the PhD research of SJ Senanayake who will be researching novel techniques in spectroscopy as a method of sensing trace moisture.
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CMMPE research featured on the cover-art of Advanced Optical Materials and Applied Physics Letters
Dr Juho Lintuvuori gives invited CMMPE seminar
Juho Lintuvuori (University of Edinburgh), who gave a seminar entitled
"Simulations of colloidal particles in chiral liquid crystals".
CMMPE research on ink-jet printed liquid crystal lasers featured in November 2012 issue of Physik Journal
carried out under the COSMOS project, in collaboration with the IfM,
has been featured in the "High-Tech" section of Physik
Journal, the journal of the German
research conducted by Dr. Haider Butt et al. at CMMPE on carbon nanotube
holograms has been featured in the News & Views section of this
Dr. Damian Gardiner and Prof. Harry Coles exhibited the COSMOS liquid crystal laser demonstrators at Photonex 2012. The stand was in the 'Innovation' zone in the conference which was held at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.
researchers, in collaboration with the IfM,
have recently published a paper in the journal Soft
Matter detailing a new technique for ink-jet printing liquid crystal
lasers onto surfaces. The new breakthrough has been highlighted by the
Cambridge University Research News website, and also by the BBC and
several other popular news sites. Click below to read the articles,
and the original paper:
A recent paper by CMMPE researchers on the applications of carbon nanotubes for holography has been reported on several popular science news websites, and also by the University of Cambridge Research News pages.
used to create smallest ever hologram pixels
use for those incredible nanotubes: Holograms
Nanotube Based High Resolution Holograms
A paper by CMMPE researchers, recently published in Advanced Optical Materials, has been highlighted by the editor, Dave Flanagan, as a "bright idea". The article describes a technique for constructing Fresnel lens arrays and other holographic structures using patterened forests of carbon nanotubes.
Read the highlighted "bright idea" article here. Or read the full original journal article here:
nanotubes make a lens array?
The Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE) awarded Damian, Philip and Stephen runners-up prize for the ERA Foundation Award 2012, "in recognition of outstanding entrepreneurial research in the field of electro-technology". They were awarded a certificate at the Academy Awards Dinner, at the Royal Opera House in London, for their work on COSMOS Lasers and the commercialisation of liquid crystal laser technology.
Haider Butt awarded Henslow Research Fellowship
Many congratulations to Haider Butt, who has been awarded with a stipendiary Henslow Research Fellowship from Wolfson College, Cambridge.
The Hamilton Prize is awarded by the University of Cambridge to a graduate student submitting the best report embodying research carried out in the University on the theory or practice of the physics or engineering of any aspect of communication, propagation, or signal processing, associated with electromagnetic radiation or wave propagation. Congratulations to Joel, who won the prize for 2011.
Philip Hands awarded best poster presentation by British Liquid Crystal Society
At their recent annual meeting and conference, held in Strathclyde (1-4 April, 2012), the British Liquid Crystal Society (BLCS) awarded the prize for best poster presentation to Philip Hands. Phil's poster, "Compact, inexpensive and widely-tuneable liquid crystal lasers" also featured a live demonstration of the COSMOS tuneable liquid crystal laser.
COSMOS liquid crystal laser technology highlighted by Electro Optics magazine
The Technology Focus of the March 2012 edition of Electro Optics features a full-page article all about the tuneable liquid crystal lasers research currently being undertaken at CMMPE as part of the COSMOS TT project. The article also features an interview with Philip Hands, describing the recently constructed COSMOS laser demonstrator unit and the technology upon which it is based.
Flynn Castles awarded PhD Prize for "Outstanding Dissertation"
The Department of Engineering has awarded Flynn Castles a prize for his "outstanding dissertation". His PhD thesis, "Highly flexoelectric liquid crystals" was carried out at CMMPE under the supervision of Prof. Harry Coles. After submitting in September 2010, and graduating in May 2011, Flynn now continues his excellent research as a postdoc within the group.
Harry Coles invited to give plenary lecture at SPIE Optics & Photonics
Harry has been invited to be the plenary speaker at the Organic Photonics & Electronics symposium, at this year's SPIE Optics & Photonics conference. The lecture is on Wed 15 August 2012, at the San Diego Convention Centre, and will be titled, "Coherent and Random Liquid Crystal Lasers".
Harry Coles asked to give Invited Address at SID International Symposium
The SID '12 Technical Program Committee has invited Harry to give the Invited Address to the 2012 International Symposium in Boston, to be held between June 3-8, 2012. His lecture will be titled, "Ultrafast High Optical Contrast Flexoelectric Displays for Video Frame Rates".
Philip Hands and Harry Coles interviewed by "The Naked Scientists" for live BBC Radio
The award-winning BBC radio show "The Naked Scientists" invited Philip Hands and Harry Coles into the studio to take part in their focus show on lasers. They were interviewed about recent research developments by the team on the COSMOS projects. They were asked how liquid crystals can be used to make compact tuneable lasers, which the team are commercialising for applications such as portable medical diagnostics. There was also a live demonstration of liquid crystal tuneable laser technology. The show was broadcast live on 19th February, 2012, to several BBC local radio stations, including BBC Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Northants, and is also available to download as a podcast/mp3.
This news was also highlighted by the Department of Engineering news pages (21/03/2012)
COSMOS project ranked as "internationally leading" by EPSRC review panel
A recent review panel from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) ranked the Basic Technology (BT) grant, Coherent Optical Sources from Micromolecular Ordered Structures (COSMOS), "internationally leading", highlighting it as an exemplar of successful BT projects.
Dr. Tim Wilkinson "under the microscope"
The University of Cambridge research webpages feature a video by Tim Wilkinson, "Under the microscope", explaining how his research combining nanotechnology and liquid crystals is helping to develop new generations of 2D and 3D displays.
Dr. Tim Wilkinson appears on BBC Radio 4
A Christmas Eve broadcast on BBC Radio 4, titled "Jack and the Genetically Modified Beanstalk", featured CMMPE's very own Tim Wilkinson. The show featured academic expert guests who helped separate fantasy from reality in this famous fairy-tale.
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Harry Coles gives series of invited lectures to Taiwan liquid crystal research community
Prof. Harry Coles was recently invited to Taiwan, where he gave a series of prestiguous invited talks (details below), including the plenary lecture to the Taiwan Liquid Crystal Society.
Switching Liquid Crystals for Electro-Optic Transmissive Displays and
Microscopic Lasers (plenary talk)
Crystal Photonics: New Displays and Lasers (invited talk)
Liquid Crystals for Electro-Optic Transmissive Displays (opening
COSMOS Lasers presents at Meerkats & Avatars media event
CMMPE researchers, Philip Hands and Damian Gardiner, exhibited the COSMOS liquid crystal laser demonstrator today at a marketing and PR event called Meerkats and Avatars, held at the St John's Innovation Centre, Cambridge. The event was attended by numerous local investers, entreprenuers and media, and marked the first public exhibition of COSMOS Lasers. It is planned that COSMOS Lasers will soon become a spin-out company, based upon the EPSRC-funded COSMOS and COSMOS TT research projects being undertaken at CMMPE.
for details of the Meerkats
and Avatars event and exhibitors.
Dr. Stephen Morris awarded Royal Society University Research Fellowship
Steve has been awarded a prestigious Royal Society University Research Fellowship, to conduct research on random laser sources. His funding is for 5 years in the first instance.
Dr Oliver Henrich gives invited CMMPE seminar
CMMPE welcomed Oliver Henrich (University College London), who gave a seminar entitled "Amorphous Networks and Rheological Response of Blue Phases in Cholesteric Liquid Crystals".
Prof Gary Gibbons FRS gives invited CMMPE seminar
CMMPE welcomed Gary Gibbons (Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge), who gave a seminar entitled "Liquid crystals and general relativity".
Harry Coles’ paper at the 2010 MRS Fall meeting highlighted as "notable paper"
The July 2011 edition (Vol.36) of the MRS Bulletin highlighted notable papers at the MRS Fall Meeting. On page 4 (symposium L), it highlights CMMPE research, presented by Harry as a "notable paper" of interest. The paper describes an overview of the recent liquid crystal research undertaken within the group, including high efficiency lasers, and fast-switching displays.
switching liquid crystals for electro-optic transmissive and reflective
displays and microscopic lasers
Ranjith Rajesekharan wins NanoDTC Associate Student Grant
Ranjith Rajasekharan has won a competitive NanoDTC Associate Student Grant for the purposes of promoting cross-disciplinary research within the central themes of self-assembling functional nano-materials and nano-devices. He was also appointed as a NanoDTC Associate of the Nano Science & Technology Doctoral Training Centre, Cambridge.
Katie Atkinson wins "Best Oral Presentation" award at Merck CASE Conference
Katie Atkinson attended the Merck CASE Conference, held in Southampton earlier this month, where she presented her results from her PhD studies so far to her industrial sponsors. The title of her talk was "Structure-property correlations in bimesogenic liquid crystals for the flexoelectro-optic effect". Congratulations to Katie, who, in reward of her excellent work, was awarded the prize for the best first year oral presentation.
Whilst attending the Saudi International Electronics, Communications and Photonics Conference (SIECPC) in Riyadh (April 23-26, 2011), Haider Butt was awarded with a trophy for the best paper at the conference. His work titled "Optical waveguides and switches based on periodic arrays of carbon nanotubes" stood out as having the highest overall ranking and also the best paper in the Photonics track. Many congratulations to him.
The Condensed Matter Journal Club highlight CMMPE's 2005 Nature paper as having "led the revival in Blue Phase research."
Crystal 'Blue Phases' with a Wide Temperature Range
In recognition of his academic success and receipt of the BLCS Young Scientist of the Year award 2010, Steve Morris was recently interviewed about his career in an article by Nature magazine. The article is part of their Nature Jobs supplement, and features in Nature 467, p.239, (2010).
A recent CMMPE publication has been highlighted by the Journal Club for Condensed Matter Physics. The organisation publishes a monthly selection of "interesting papers in condensed matter physics by distinguished corrsepondents", and discusses their findings in a public forum.
To read the journal club's comments, click here. For a copy of the original paper, click below:
Tim Wilkinson has recently been asked to become a topical editor for the OSA journal, Applied Optics. His area of editorial specialism covers displays, liquid crystals and reconfigurable photonic materials.
Prof Harry Coles was invited to visit LG Displays in Paju, Korea, after giving an invited talk at IMID.
Harry is pictured with his Korean colleagues, standing in front of the world's largest single chip LCD panel working in IPS mode, made by LGD.
The International Liquid Crystal Society (ILCS) has awarded CMMPE's Tim Wilkinson with a Mid Career Research Excellence Award. The award, sponsored by LG, is in particular recognition of his contributions to the field of LCOS devices for microdisplays and holography. He was presented with his certificate and prize at the 23rd International Liquid Crystal Conference (ILCC), held in July 2010 in Kracow, Poland.
Dr. Steven Morris wins BLCS Young Scientist Award 2010
The British Liquid Crystal Society (BLCS) has awarded CMMPE's Steven Morris with the distinguished Young Scientist Award for 2010. The award was presented to him at the BLCS Annual Meeting, held in March at the University of Hull.
IET honours CMMPE students, Haider Butt and Joel Carpenter
Haider Butt wins an IET Postgraduate Scholarship, the Scholarships Committee has recommended that he receive the IET Postgraduate Scholarship of £2,500.
Joel Carpenter wins an IET Postgraduate Scholarship, the Scholarships Committee has recommended that he receive the Hudswell International Research Scholarship of £5,000.
Haider and Joel are both studying at CMMPE for a PhD under the supervision of Dr. Tim Wilkinson.
A grant of £15,000 has been awarded to CMMPE researchers for their recent proposal for funds to the CamBridgeSens network. The proposal was led by PhD student Ranjith R, and concerns the development of a flat nano 3D vision sensor. He is supported also by his supervisor, Timothy Wilkinson, along with fellow CMMPE members Philip Hands, Christoph Bay, Jon Freeman, Qing Dai, and also Hai Duong from the Department of Materials Science.
EPSRC recently announced the award of funds to a Cambridge team led by Prof. Harry Coles, for a two-year Technology Translation project, starting December 2010. The grant aims to build upon the excellent research carried out during the COSMOS Basic Technology Grant, which comes to an end in November 2010. Collaborative investiagtors on the grant include Dr. Tim Willkinson (also CMMPE), Prof. Sir Richard Friend (Cavendish Lab) and Professor Ian White (Dept. of Engineering).
Researchers at CMMPE have proposed a theory of liquid crystal Blue Phases, stable over an unusually large temperature range. The paper, published this week in Physical Review Letters, provides a theoretical understanding of previous discoveries (featured in a letter to Nature by CMMPE authors in 2005), and suggests how further stability may be achieved through "molecular engineering".
A recent CMMPE publication by Rick Chen and Tim Wilkinson has been selected as the front cover art for the latest edition of the journal Applied Optics. The cover art features images from a point-based computer generated hologram algorithm, which uses a Gaussian interpolation kernel to create a continuous surface representation from discrete input points. The kernel width controls the final appearance of the reconstructed three-dimensional image as shown. For more details, the full paper can be viewed here:
generated hologram from point cloud using graphics processor
A recently accepted research article, led by Su Seok Choi, has been accepted for publication by Advanced Materials, and has also been chosen for the inside front cover art for the October 19th edition (and special Cambridge University 800th Anniversary edition) of the journal. The full article reference can be found below:
Dr. Tim Wilkinson is promoted to Reader
Many congratulations to Tim Wilkinson who has just been promoted by the University from Senior Lecturer to Reader. We hope that he will still remember his old friends now he has been elevated to such lofty ranks(!)
The April 2009 edition of the SID's publication "Information Display" previews the forthcoming SID symposium, "Display Week 2009". On page 17, it highlights CMMPE research, to be presented by Flynn Castles, as a "notable paper" of interest. The paper describes some of the modelling work from his PhD (supervised by Harry Coles) on the flexoelectro-optic effect, and how it can provide a fast switching mechanism suitable for use in field-sequential, color, full-motion video displays.
Flexoelectric Display Device with High Contrast
CMMPE bistable displays research highlighted on SPIE newsroom pages
The SPIE Newsroom pages (23rd April, 2009) feature an article highlighting recent CMMPE research. The research, carried out by Dr. Damian Gardiner, Dr. Stephen Morris and Prof. Harry Coles, demonstrates how novel smectic-A materials can be used for low power consumption, high efficiency, multi-stable smart windows/glazing. The news report is in response to a recent publication on the same subject, published in Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells.
multistable switchable glazing using smectic A liquid crystals
CMMPE LC lasers research highlighted in Nature Photonics & Dept. of Engineering website
The April 2009 edition of Nature Photonics features an "out of the lab" news article focussing upon liquid crystal lasers research. It highlights CMPPE's research on simultaneous red, green & blue polychromatic liquid crystal laser arrays, and represents the 2nd occasion that Nature Photonics has highlighted CMMPE's LC lasers research. Furthermore, the Cambridge University Engineering Department's website front-page currently features a news article highlighting the same research. These news articles are in addition to the recent article in Laser Focus World (see CMMPE news item 09/01/09), which also highlights the same work.
new twist to tuning lasers, Nature Photonics (April 2009),
Volume 3 No 4 pp177-236
liquid crystal laser arrays towards display applications
This research is part of the COSMOS project; an EPSRC-funded basic technology grant.
Damian Gardiner wins British Liquid Crystal Society poster prize at annual meeting
Several CMMPE group members recently attended the annual meeting of the British Liquid Crystal Society (BLCS), held at HP Labs in Bristol (6-8 April, 2009). Congratulations to Damian, who surprised and defied his critics when he was awarded a prize for the best overall poster, with his presentation on hybrid electroluminescent / PDLC displays. To view all the posters presented by CMMPE members, please see the CMMPE conference publications page.
Congratulations to CMMPE PhD student, Ranjith R., who is an award winner in the CamBridgeSens Innovation Competition. His joint research proposal with three other Engineering students titled "A Road to Chemical Nano-Diodes (CNDs) and Biochemical Nano-Photo Diodes (BNPDs)" has won him and his co-authors funding for future research.
A hybrid technology combining liquid crystal over silicon (LCOS) and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) being developed at CMMPE by Tim Wilkinson, has recently been highlighted in the news by EuroPhotonics Magazine, Advanced Imaging Magazine (co-written with Rik Chen) and Business Weekly. The story has also been published as a front-page leading article on the Cambridge University Engineering Department webpages, and has even been published in the Cambridge Evening News. The articles can be viewed here:
future is 3D liquid crystals,
EuroPhotonics (August 2008).
More information on CMMPE's research into holography and hybrid LC carbon nanotube devices can be found here. The original publication in Advanced Materials upon which the articles are based can also be found below:
multiwall carbon nanotube electrode arrays for liquid-crystal photonic
In their January 2009 edition, the international scientific magazine, Laser Focus World, published an article highlighting recent research carried out by members of CMMPE on polychromatic liquid crystal laser arrays. It details how this technology shows promise for use in developing low-cost, high-performance laser displays. Click here for the Laser focus World article. Alternatively, the original publication in Optics Express (October 2008) is detailed below:
liquid crystal laser arrays towards display applications
The results to the 2008 national Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) have been announced, and place Cambridge University Engineering Department as the highest performing General Engineering department in the UK. 90% of its research is stated to be either "internationally excellent" or "world-leading", and far surpasses its nearest rivals. For the full story, see here. Or to see the RAE results directly, see here.
The latest edition of Nature Photonics (Oct. 2008, Vol.2, Iss.10) features a "News and Views" article, which summarises the recent LC2CAM conference (Boulder, USA, August 2008); an international workshop on "Light-Controlled Liquid Crystalline Complex Adaptive Materials". The article highlights CMMPE work that was presented by Harry Coles and Philip Hands at this meeting. Click above to download a pdf of the article.
CMMPE presents its research to International Visiting Committee
An international visiting committe comprising of leading scientists and prestigious representatives from funding bodies and investors visited the Engineering Department today. They attended oral and poster presentations from the division, including presentations and demonstrations by CMMPE group members. Click below to download copies of these posters:
The Pilkington Prizes are awarded each year by the University of Cambirdge to academic or academic-related staff who have distinguished themselves in teaching. Congratulations to Tim for winning this award, who "has a natural gift for teaching and delivers his courses with clarity and with humour." Click above link for full story.
The COSMOS Research Showcase Event took place today. It was widely attended by academics, insdustrial representatives and the EPSRC, and has received generous positive feedback. Congratulations and thank you to all CMMPE members for their efforts in helping to make this event such a sucess.
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