The People

Principle Investigator (PI) - Collaborative Investigators (CIs) - Research Associates (RAs)

Research Associates:

The COSMOS project has been fortunate to draw on the skills of many post-doctoral research associates over its duration. The following is a list of those who were members of the COSMOS team at the close of the project in 2010.

Earlier team members, who left before the end of the project are listed here.

Dr. Stephen Morris (COSMOS Project Manager)
CMMPE, Department of Engineering

Stephen read Physics and Space Science at Southampton University, where he obtained a Masters degree in Physics, before coming to the University of Cambridge to study for a PhD in Liquid Crystal Photonics at the Department of Engineering. After completing his PhD in 2005, Stephen continued as a Research Associate at CMMPE working in collaboration with an industrial partner to produce a new hybrid display, which can be viewed in both low light and high light level environments. At present, he is currently involved in the Basic Technology Programme COSMOS which is aimed at developing miniature tunable laser light sources for next generation displays and photonics applications.

Dr. Junfeng Fang
Melville Laboratory, Department of Chemistry

Junfeng received his PhD from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. For his PhD he studied organic electric and optoelectronic devices based on organic metal complexes. After completing his PhD in 2006, he worked on polymer light-emitting electrochemical cells as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Physics, Umea University, Sweden. In 2008, he joined the Polymer Synthesis Group (Melville Lab) at the University of Cambridge as a Research Associate, and is working on polymer based solar cells and light-emitting devices.

Dr. Oliver Hadeler
Centre for Photonic Systems, Department of Engineering

Oliver received a Diploma degree in Physics from the University of Frankfurt, Germany and a Ph.D in Optoelectronics from the University of Southampton. For his PhD he conducted theoretical and experimental work on DFB fibre lasers for telecommunication and sensor applications. During his time at Southampton University he also worked on fibre optic sensors for the oil industry at Sensor Dynamics Ltd, Winchester. He is now a Reseach Associate within the CMMPE and Centre for Photonic Systems research groups in the Department of Engineering, working on liquid crystal lasing devices for fibre optic telecommunication networks.

Dr. Philip Hands
CMMPE, Department of Engineering

Phil has a PhD in Condensed Matter Physics (2003) and an MSci in Physics (1999), both from Durham University. His PhD studied the quantum tunnelling conduction mechanisms in novel metal-polymer composites and their applications in chemical vapour sensing (electronic noses). He also has postdoctoral experience in the fabrication and applications of adaptive liquid crystal devices. In particular, he has developed adaptive lenses for applications in 3D displays, optical tweezing and adaptive optics for astronomy. He is currently based within the CMMPE research group in the Department of Engineering, and is employed on the COSMOS project, developing the performance and applications of chiral nematic liquid crystal lasers.

Dr. Yan Ji
Biological and Soft Sytems, Cavendish Laboratory

Yan Ji received her MEng in the Department of Materials in Tianjin University (China) in 2001 and her PhD in the Department of Chemistry in Peking University (China) in 2006. Her doctoral research focussed on peptide dendrimers including synthesis, self-assembly and biomimics. In June 2006, she joined the BSS group (Cavendish Lab) at the University of Cambridge as a Research Associate, and is working on liquid crystalline shape memory polymers.

Dr. Dinesh Kabra
Optoelectronics Group, Cavendish Laboratory

Dinesh's current studies involve the fabrication and characterisation of hybrid oxide-polymer based thin film devices in the Opto-Electronics group (Cavendish Lab). He got his MTech degree (2002) from D.A.V.V., Indore, India and PhD degree (2007) from JNCASR, Bangalore, India. He has experience of assembling and characterization of high power DPSSL from his MTech project. During his PhD he fabricated 1D and 2D optical position sensitive detectors with a spatial resolution of ~100 nm. His doctoral investigation also involved steady state transport length scales of photo-induced electrons and holes in model polymer systems. Presently, he is devising hybrid electronics for electrically pumped high brightness polymeric light sources as a part of COSMOS.

Dr. Qasim Malik
CMMPE, Department of Engineering

Qasim 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. The research project was based on synthesis of mesogens comprising of Schiff's base analogues derived from benzyl amine derivatives. He was then appointed a lecturer in Chemistry at APSC Rawalpindi. In 2008 he received his PhD in Chemistry from Macquarie University Sydney (Australia). His PhD involved the synthesis and characterisation of liquid crystal molecules possessing chiral scaffold analogues e.g. Tröger's base. The investigations of these chiral bent cores were carried out on the bases of their substitution patterns, simultaneous resolution and the methodologies to evolve as mesogens through covalent and hydrogen bonding interactions. The characterisations of the resultant molecules were carried out by means of NMR, DSC and hot-stage polarised microscopy studies.

Dr. Juergen Schmidtke
Biological and Soft Sytems, Cavendish Laboratory

Juergen obtained his diploma (1996) and doctorate (2000) in physics at the Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany. His diploma thesis was on structure formation in crystallising polymer melts, his doctoral thesis on viscous and elastic properties of polymeric and low molar mass nematic liquid crystals. He then stayed in Freiburg to investigate the photonic properties of cholesteric liquid crystals (spontaneous emission and laser emission in dye doped systems, photonic defect modes, cholesteric elastomers as mechanically tunable photonic band gap materials). This was a joint project of the polymer physics group (Prof. Gert Strobl) and the Institute for Macromolecular Chemistry (Prof. Heino Finkelmann).

Dr. Bodo Wallikewitz
Optoelectronics Group, Cavendish Laboratory

Bodo's research interests are focused on spectroscopic investigations of excited states in polymeric semiconductors to achieve a complete understanding of their role in devices like polymer light emitting diodes, optical and future injection lasers. At the same time, he uses this knowledge to realize new and to improve the performance of existing organic devices.
Bodo studied chemistry and continued his Phd in Cologne. He was working on organic light-emitting diodes, optically pumped organic lasers and future organic injection lasers. The research during his PhD was carried out with 5 cooperation partners in a project similar to the COSMOS project. He became a COSMOS member after finishing his PhD in 2009 and starting as a Research Associate in the group of Richard H. Friend.

Previous members:

Guoli Tu
Myoung-Hoon Song
Catherine Dobson
Sonja Findeisen-Tandel