CMMPE group members

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Academic Staff and Research Fellows

Prof. Timothy Wilkinson

Phone. 748353, Room 107, Email: tdw13, personal website

Tim Wilkinson (CEng) received his BE (Elec.) from Canterbury University, New Zealand (1989) and his PhD from Magdalene College, Cambridge (1994). He is currently a Reader in Photonic Engineering in the Engineering Department and a fellow of Jesus College. He has been working in the field of free-space optics, devices and systems for over 15 years. He developed the binary phase-only matched filter (BPOMF) and 1/f joint transform correlators during this PhD, and has since filed several patents and authored and co-authored over seventy refereed journal papers on optical applications, processing and devices. Recent research has involved applications of holographic technology including adaptive optical interconnects, optical pattern recognition and display applications for novel liquid crystal electro-optic devices, and he has given several invited talks at major conferences, including FLC 2001 and MRS Fall Meeting 2004. In 2001 he was awarded the Ben Sturgeon prize by the SID for his work in display technology. He is currently responsible for spatial light modulator (SLM) and liquid crystal device fabrication in the Engineering Department, running a class 100/1000 liquid crystal device fabrication unit. He was a member of the ROSES project fabricating LCOS SLMs and is an investigator on the ADOPSI, THORNS, MOPs, INSTANT, COSMOS, ASH3D and PLOHP projects.

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Dr. George Gordon - (Henslow Research Fellow, St Edmunds College)

Phone. 748308 , Room 13, Email: gsdg2

George is working to help develop the next generation of optical fibre communication links. As part of the COMIMO research project team, George is building a system that vastly increases the data capacity of optical fibres by enabling the simultaneous transmission of multiple light beams having different shapes. Computerised holograms are used to precisely control the shape of these light beams. This work has already gained much attention with George winning a .SET for Britain. Award at the House of Commons in March for the excellence of his research. Outside of his research, George is a keen double-bass player and enjoys learning Chinese.

Postdoctoral Research Staff

Dr Larry Yip

Phone. 748308, Room 13, Email: wcy20

Larry has joined the CMMPE group as a postdoc on the newly funded FlexCos EPSRC grant.

Dr. Catherine Fitzpatrick

Phone. 748308 (office), 748274 (lab), Room 13, Email: crmf2

Catherine received her MPhys degree in Physics from Surrey University in 2006 and her EngD in Photonics from Heriot-Watt University in 2013. She worked on R+D in the medical device industry before joining the group in July 2016. Her research interests centre on the medical application of advanced optical techniques. She is currently developing a novel capsule endoscope to aid in the early detection of oesophageal cancer.

Dr Calum Williams

Phone. 748308, Room 13, Email: cw507

Calum's research involves the application of concepts in nanophotonics to enhance biomedical optical imaging techniques to facilitate early stage cancer detection. This research is part of a multidisciplinary Cancer Research UK funded project with the researchers Dr. Sarah Bohndiek (Physics) and Prof. Timothy Wilkinson (Engineering).

Calum obtained a BSc (Hons) in Physics from Cardiff University (2011), an MPhil (Dist.) in Micro & Nanotechnology at the University of Cambridge (2012), and in 2013 joined the Photonic Systems Development Centre for Doctoral Training at the University of Cambridge. He completed his PhD (Engineering) in 2017, with a thesis on Plasmonic nanostructures for enhanced optical devices. Calum is a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College.

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Prof. Harry Coles - (Emeritus)


Professor Harry Coles was Head of the Molecular Materials for the Photonics Group and Director of the Centre of Molecular Materials for Photonics and Electronics until 2013. Research includes work on the optical, nonlinear optical, electrical and magnetic properties of a wide range of liquid crystals. Specific research interests are: Liquid Crystal Physics, Linear and Nonlinear Optics, Photonic Devices and Displays, Ferroelectrics, Flexoelectricity, Photochromics, Diffractive and Holographic Elements, Waveguide couplers, Quasi and Adaptive Optics, Raman and Correlation Spectroscopy, X-Ray Scattering, Electro-optics and Dielectric Studies, new materials. Prof. Coles is also a fellow of St. Catharine's College.

Postgraduate Research Students

Amalya Kostanyan

Ext. 48365, Room 127, Email: ak740

Amalya received her bachelor degree in microsystems engineering at State Engineering University of Armenia (SEUA). Further in her career she received a masters degree in micro and nanotechnology at the same University by specialising in nanostructures. She then completed an MPhil in Micro & Nanotechnology at the University of Cambridge. In 2013 Amalya joined CMMPE as a PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Timothy Wilkinson. Her research topic is graphene electro-optical devices. Amalya is a Luys scholar and member of Hughes Hall.

Vamsee Bheemireddy

Ext. 48365, Room 127, Email:

Vamsee is part of the CUED CDT on Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems (IPES). He is a member of Fitzwilliam College.

Fan Yang

Ext. 48365, Room 127, Email: fy255

He is a member of St Edmunds College.

Peter Christopher

Ext. 48365, Room 127, Email: pjc209

Peter is part of the Ultra-Precision (UP) manufacturing CDT in the IFM. He is a member of Peterhouse College.

Daoming Dong

Ext. 48365, Room 127, Email: dd511

He is a member of Darwin College.

John Wheatley

Ext. 48365, Room 127, Email: jew49

John is part of the Cambridge cohort of the Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems (IPES) CDT. He is a member of Darwin College.

Amr Mahmoud Soliman

Ext. 48365, Room 127, Email: ammas2

Amr is working on the performance enhancement of liquid crystal cisplays using plasmonics. He is a member of Emmanuel College.

Visiting Researchers

Dr. Damian Gardiner


Damian was a Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellow. The funding, training, and mentoring provided by the Fellowship allowed Damian to establish a spin-out company, Illumink to commercialise the printable liquid crystal laser technology recently pioneered in CMMPE. Since his fellowship, Damian's company has grown and was recently aquired by Tracerco, a subsidiary of Johnson Matthey. Damian received his MPhys degree in Physics from theUniversity of Southampton (2001), followed by a PhD at Wolfson College, Cambridge University.

Dr. rer. nat. Gaby Nordendorf

Ext. 48308 (office), 48274 (lab), Room 13, Email: gn281

Gaby joined CMMPE in December 2016 and is working on the EPSRC funded GraphTED project investigating the applications and characterisation of devices based on liquid crystals and Graphene.

Dr Feng Feng

Ext. 48308, Room 13, Email: ff263

Feng obtained his BSc degree in Telecommunication Engineering from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), China (2009). During his undergraduate degree, he gained industrial experience with an internship in China Network Communications Corporation, and was a research assistant in the PCN&CAD research group in the School of Electronic Engineering, BUPT. After his undergraduate degree, he joined the CMMPE group as a PhD student, and his research attempts to build an indoor optical wireless communication system with specially designed laser and holographic techniques. Feng is now the Posdoctoral researcher on the COMIMO project investigating new ways of holographically exploiting the bandwidth of multimode fibres. He is a member of Fitzwilliam Collage

Dr. Haider Butt - (Lecturer at the University of Birmingham )

Haider did his BEng (hons) in Telecommunication Engineering from National University FAST, Pakistan (2007). He has a background in electromagnetic modelling of electronic devices using commercial software. During his MPhil research at the University of Cambridge (CMMPE) (2007) he worked on the modelling of electro-optical devices. Haider recently completed his PhD also at CMMPE, characterizing carbon nanotubes as optical antennas. His research objective is to use periodic arrays of carbon nanotubes for optical beam steering. This project is funded by Professor Gehan Amaratunga's research grant. Haider was recently appointed to a lectureship in Micro Engineering and Nanotechnology at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Birmingham .

Dr. Alexander Lorenz - (Technische Universität Berlin)

Alexander is a German Research Foundation (DFG) Research Fellow. His present work is focused on phase modulating liquid crystal on silicon devices and x-ray studies of liquid crystal nanodispersions. He studied chemistry with focus on optoelectronics and photonics at the University of Paderborn (Germany). He obtained his masters degree in 2007 (hons). Subsequently, he conducted his doctoral studies at the Center for Optoelectronics and Photonics Paderborn (CeOPP) in the framework of a DFG research training group (GRK 1446). Alexander received his Dr. rer. nat. in 2010 (hons). Following his doctoral studies, he worked on a project funded by the European Science Foundation (SONS II) and as postdoctoral fellow of the research training group at CeOPP which included cooperation with Kent State University (USA) and synchrotron measurements in France and USA. Alexander was awarded the Alumni prize of the Chemistry Department in 2007 and the Young Scientist Award (Category: Talk) of the German Liquid Crystal Society in 2010. For his outstanding dissertation on experimental studies and electromagnetic field simulations of waveguides in photonic, liquid crystal filled microstructures Alexander was awarded the Glenn Brown Prize of the International Liquid Crystal Society in 2012. Alex is now in the Department of Chemistry at the Technische Universitšt Berlin

Dr. Hsi-Hsir Chou (Assistant Professor, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan)

Hsi-Hsir was born in Taiwan. He received his PhD degree in Photonics Engineering supervised by Prof. Wilkinson from Cambridge University, U.K. in 2008. He was involved in collaborating with industrial sponsors in the development of Free-Space Multi-wavelength Optical Switching Technologies during his PhD program at Cambridge University. He worked with the Department of Engineering Science, Oxford University, U.K. in July 2008 in the development of key-enabling technologies for visible light communications sponsored by Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Korea before he was appointed as a research assistant professor at Communication Research Center, Yuan Ze University, Taiwan in 2009. He served as a visiting researcher supported and hosted by the lab of excellence, UMR/CNRS, France in 2012 before joining the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan as an assistant professor in 2013. His current research interests are in the development of photonics switching technologies for optical communications. Dr. Chou is a lifetime member of Trinity College, Cambridge, a senior member of IEEE and a Fellow of Cambridge Overseas Society.

CMMPE Alumni

Jennifer Jones

Ext. 48365, Room 127, Email: jj410

Jennifer graduated from the University of St Andrews in 2012 with a BSc in Physics, followed by an MSc in Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices (University of St Andrews and Heriot-Watt University, 2013), and an MRes in Photonic Systems Development (UCL,2014) as part of the IPES CDT. She joined the CMMPE group as a PhD student in 2014, and her current research is on chiral nematic liquid crystal lasers. Jennifer is a member of Goville & Caius College.

Shabeena Nosheen

Ext. 48365, Room 127, Email: sn392

She is a member of Jesus College.

Richard Barthlomew (Bartez)


He is a member of Jesus College.

Andrzej Kaczorowski


Andrzej received his BSc degree in Physics and Computer Science from King's College London in 2011 and MRes degree in Photonic Systems Development from the University of Cambridge in 2012. Currently, he is studying towards a PhD in Photonic Systems Development under the supervision of Professor Timothy Wilkinson. His research activities include 2D Holography (in particular aberration correction) and 3D holography (extending the field of view of directly viewed 3D holograms). Secretly, he dreams about implementing a compact real-time high-resolution aberration-corrected wide-angle holographic projector. Andrzej is a member of Jesus College.

Ammar Ahmed Khan


Ammar received his BS degree in Electrical Engineering at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, School of Sciences and Engineering in June 2012. He joined the CMMPE group in October 2012 to study for the degree of M.Phil in Engineering. His research activities involve the application of liquid crystal lasers to Raman spectroscopy and the study of coherent back-scattering phenomena in liquid crystals. He is also a member of St. Edmund's College.

Akmal Bin-Kamarudin


Akmal received his BEng in Polymer Chemistry from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan in 2011 and MEng in Materials Engineering and Technology from University of Malaya, Malaysia in 2013. He joined the CMMPE group in 2013 as a PhD student researching on the use of liquid crystal in dye sensitized solar cells. His research interest includes energy conversion and organic electronics. He is a member of St John's College.

Alexander Macfaden


Alex graduated from the University of Oxford in 2011 with a Masters in Physics. He spent the following year studying for an MRes at University College London as part of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Systems Development. For his second mini project, he researched an Optical Differentiator - research he is continuing into his PhD. Alex is a member of Christ's College.

James Dolan


James graduated in 2012 with an MEng in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford, Magdalen College, where he specialised in electrical, electronic and control engineering. His current research, the incorporation of liquid crystals and gain media into self-assembled gyroid metamaterials, is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Centre of Molecular Materials for Photonics and Electronics in the Department of Engineering, and the Thin Films and Interfaces Group and NanoPhotonics Centre in the Department of Physics. He is supervised in each of the groups by Professors Tim Wilkinson, Ullrich Steiner and Jeremy Baumberg respectively. James is a member of the Nano Doctoral Training Centre and Trinity College.

SJ Senanayake

Email: sjs216

Jaliya (or SJ, as he is more commonly known) hails all the way from Sri Lanka, where he completed his secondary studies. He graduated in 2012 from the University of Cambridge with a MEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and joined the CMMPE the same year. Reading for a PhD, his research areas include Holography and Optical sensing.

Eric Young

Email: fy236

Eric received his BEng degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Liverpool in June 2011. He joined the CMMPE group a year later whilst completing his MRes in Photonics Systems Development. His PhD research topic is 3D holographic projection. His other interests include music and swimming. He is also a member of St. Edmund's College.

Kanghee (James) Won


Kanghee (James) Won did an MPhil in Industrial Systems, Manufacturing and Management at the University of Cambridge. During his master's course in the Centre for Industrial Photonics, his research included work on a new brightness Yb fibre laser on a silicon wafer. After completing his master's degree, he joined the CMMPE group in October 2008 for a PhD, and he is currently working on hybrid liquid crystal CNT devices, focusing on understanding how these electro-optical devices work with LCs, and finding the optimal device configuration for suitable applications. Kanghee is also member of Sidney Sussex College.

Rachel Garsed

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Rachel graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2012 with a BA and MEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. She joined the CMMPE group as a PhD student in the same year. Her current research is on phase modulation devices. Rachel is a member of Christ's College.

Jr-Han Tai (Henry)


Jr-Han received his BSc degree and MSc degree in Physics respectively from Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan and University of Bristol, UK. He joined CMMPE in 2013 as a PhD student, and his research topic currently is about plasmonic devices under the supervision of Professor Timothy Wilkinson. He is a member of Hughes Hall.

Themis Mavrogordatos


Themis graduated from the National Technical University of Athens in 2009 with a degree in Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications direction). He joined the CMMPE group a year later whilst completing his MRes in Photonics Systems Development. His interests revolve around Fourier Optics and Liquid Crystal Lasers. Both these fields are directly linked to his PhD project he has recently undertaken, under the supervision of Tim Wilkinson. His other interests include physics, music and chess. He has now started working as a posdioc at Imperial College. Themis is an alumni of Jesus College.

Yunuen Montelongo

Email: personal website

Yunuen obtained a BSc in Physics in 2006 from the University of Guanajauto (Mexico). He also specialized in optoelectronics at CIO (Mexico) with exchange programs in the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) and HASYLAB (Germany). In 2010 he graduated from the University of Dundee (UK) with a MSc in Display Technologies. He has had industrial experience working in the design of organic semiconductor transistors at Plastic Logic Ltd (Cambridge). Currently, as a PhD student, Yunuen is studying holographic techniques for projection proposes. Yunuen is also a alumni of Fitzwilliam College.

Ananta Palani


Ananta received his BS (Hons) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno, USA (2008) and his MS (Hons) in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Georgia, USA (2010). In 2010 Ananta joined the CMMPE group at the University of Cambridge to research for a PhD in Electrical Engineering focused on photonics and optical computing. Ananta has now returned to the Reno, Nevada, where he is heading up the US branch of Optalysys. Ananta is also an alumni of Trinity Hall.

George Meakin

Ext. 48365, Room 127, Email: gm466

George's PhD project began as an investigation into the potential of Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal (FLC) displays, finding that they could theoretically outperform other LCD types, with three times the lighting efficiency and much higher maximum refresh rates. This high performance requires a novel exploitation of the binary switching of FLC pixels and precisely synchronized illumination. A model was developed to simulate and assess the performance of all possible binary dithering schemes for a generic binary-type display. This included the first attempt to define and quantify the contributions to perceptual errors resulting from relative motion between the retina and display during the emission of an image. These motion errors are critical for Virtual Reality applications, which are predicted to become a significant market in the near future. George is part of the IFM CDT on Ultra-Precision (UP) manufacturing. He is a member of Peterhouse College.

Postgraduate Project Students