CMMPE group members

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Academic Staff and Research Fellows

Prof. Harry Coles - (Director of CMMPE)

Ext. 48344, Room 111, Email: hjc37

Professor Harry Coles is Head of the Molecular Materials for the Photonics Group and Director of the Centre of Molecular Materials for Photonics and Electronics. 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 and is Director of Studies for Physics, Part II and III.

PhD opportunities with Prof. Coles

Prof. Timothy Wilkinson

Ext. 48353, 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.

PhD opportunities with Dr. Wilkinson

Dr. Haider Butt - (Henslow Research Fellow)

Ext. 48365, Room 127, Email: hb319

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 also holds a Henslow Research Fellowship at Wolfson College.

Dr. Damian Gardiner - (Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellow)

Ext. 48309, Room 127, Email: djg47

Damian is a Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellow. The funding, training, and mentoring provided by the Fellowship will allow Damian to establish a spin-out company to commercialise the printable liquid crystal laser technology recently pioneered in CMMPE. Damian received his MPhys degree in Physics from theUniversity of Southampton (2001), followed by a PhD at Wolfson College, Cambridge University.


Postdoctoral Research Staff

Dr. Malik Qasim

Ext. 48308 (office), 48274 (lab), Room 127, Email: qmm20

Malik obtained an MSc in Chemistry (2000) from Quaid-I-Azam University Islamabad (Pakistan) researching natural product synthesis (Isocumarine and its dihydro-derivatives). This was followed by his MPhil in Organic Chemistry (2002) from the same institute. He was then appointed a lecturer in Chemistry at APSC Rawalpindi. In 2008 he received his PhD in Chemistry from Macquarie University Sydney (Australia). Malik joined CMMPE in June 2008 and is working on the COSMOS project in synthesis and characterisation of materials leading to devices and lasing liquid crystals in general.


Postgraduate Research Students

Katie Atkinson

Ext. 48365, Room 127, Email: ka298

Katie graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2009 wih a BA and MSci in Physics. She participated in the Cambridge-MIT exchange from 2007-2008. In 2010 she joined CMMPE as a PhD student. Katie is a member of St. Catharine's College.

Ammar Ahmed Khan

Ext. 48365, Room 127, Email: aak46

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.

Feng Feng

Ext. 48365, Room 127, 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. He is a member of Fitzwilliam Collage

Rachel Hyman

Ext. 48365, Room 127, Email: rmh61

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.

Jiahui Lu

Ext. 48365, Room 127, Email: jl424

Jiahui graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2008 with a BA in Information and Computer Engineering and an MEng in Information and Electrical Sciences. She joined the CMMPE group in the same year and is now studying for a PhD. Her current research is on ophthalmic imaging systems focusing on adaptive wavefront sensor technology and the use of adaptive liquid crystal lenses. She is a Christ's College alumni and a current member of Churchill College.

Themis Mavrogordatos

Ext. 48365, Room 127, Email: ttm22

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. Themis is a member of Jesus College.

Yunuen Montelongo

Ext. 48365, Room 127, Email: ym283 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 member of Fitzwilliam Collage.

Ananta Palani

Ext. 48365, Room 127, Email: ap648

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 is also a member of Trinity Hall.

SJ Senanayake

Ext. 48365, Room 127, 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.

Shunyi Tan

Ext. 48365, Room 127, Email: st426

Tan received his Masters Degree in Micro and Solid Electronics from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China (2007). He joined CMMPE in 2007, and his PhD research topic is on 3D displays, developing new display systems that can achieve high quailty 3D images.

Kanghee (James) Won

Ext. 48365, Room 127, Email: kw320

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.

Eric Young

Ext. 48365, Room 127, 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.

Alexander Macfaden

Ext. 48365, Room 127, Email: am2182

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.

Calum Williams

Ext. 48365, Room 127, Email: cw507

Calum obtained his BSc (Hons) in Physics from Cardiff University in 2011. Calum then completed an MPhil in Micro & Nanotechnology at the University of Cambridge in 2012. He joined the Photonic Systems Development Doctoral Training Centre in 2013 and after completing an MRes in Photonic Systems he joined the CMMPE group as a PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Timothy Wilkinson. Calum's research interests include tunable nanophotonic devices and holography. Calum is a member of Churchill College.

James Dolan

Ext. 48365, Room 127, Email: jad67

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.


Visiting Researchers

Dr. Alexander Lorenz

Ext. 48309, Room 13, Email: al679

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.


Postgraduate Project Students

Linqing Luo

Ext. 48365, Room 127, Email: ll432

Linqing Luo graduated with a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Liverpool. He is now an MRes student in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Systems Development, working on photonic crystal lasers under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Morris. Linqing a member of Hughes Hall College.

Laurent Michaux

Ext. 48365, Room 127, Email: lm586

Laurent graduated from the University of York in 2012 with a BSc in Physics with Astrophysics (with a year in Europe). He is now part of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Systems Development and has joined the CMMPE group as part of his MRes year. Laurent is working under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Morris on fast switching chiral liquid crystal phase devices for operation at telecommunications wavelengths. He is a member of University College London.

Andrew Payne

Ext. 48365, Room 127, Email: atp34

Andrew received his MPhys in Physics from the University of Kent in 2012 and subsequently joined the Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Systems Development in the same year. He is currently studying for his MRes and for his part-time first year project has joined the CMMPE group to characterise the coherence properties of liquid crystal lasers for use in imaging systems. Andrew is a member of Sidney Sussex College.

Simon Wood

Ext. 48365, Room 127, Email: smwood44 at gmail.com

Simon graduated from Balliol College, University of Oxford, in 2012 with a Masters in Chemistry (MChem) after working in the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory using Quantum Cascade Lasers for trace gas detection. He is currently a part of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonics Systems Development and is working towards his MRes under the supervision of Dr Tim Wilkinson, working on adaptive pumping of liquid crystal lasers using computer generated holography. He is a member of St John's College.