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Research Group Leaders

Together, the Groups represented here comprise over 100 members of academic staff at Cambridge and UCL.

Group leaders who have a key role in delivering the training and research programme are:

Dr Angus BainDr Angus Bain (UCL), heads the Ultrafast Laser Spectroscopy Laboratory and is a Reader in Physics; his work concentrates on the development of novel time-resolved polarised laser techniques and nonlinear optics. Current work includes studies into fluorescence resonance energy transfer with Cancer Research UK, the development of high two-photon cross-section molecular probes and single molecule spectroscopy (CNRS Rennes). He has also has pioneered measurements of liquid crystal dynamics.

Professor Polina BayvelProfessor Polina Bayvel FREng (UCL) is Professor of Optical Communications and Networks and Head of the Optical Networks Group. She has published over 230 papers on optical networks and related devices and was awarded the 2002 IoP Paterson Medal. She worked for Nortel Networks and has consulted for Corning, Ciena, Deutsche Telekom, Huawei Technologies, and OCG Ventures, LLC.


Professor Jem HebdenProfessor Jem Hebden (UCL), Professor of Biomedical Optics and Director of the Biomedical Optics Research Laboratory (BORL), the largest biomedical optics group in Europe; Head of the Department of Medical Physics & Bioengineering (From October 2008). He has been responsible for generating the first whole-brain functional images of newborn infants using optical techniques, and the first three-dimensional optical images of the cancer-bearing female breast. He has authored over 125 publications, including 32 first-author papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Professor Colin HumphreysProfessor Colin Humphreys FREng (Cambridge) has been working on GaN since 1995. He has published over 450 papers mainly on the structural characterisation of semiconductors and other materials using a wide range of electron microscopy and analysis techniques. He is invited to give typically five plenary lectures per year at major international conferences. The Cambridge/Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre that Colin Humphreys directs has developed new high-temperature metallic alloys that are now flying in Rolls-Royce engines. His work on inorganic LEDs is sponsored by nine different industries. He is a member of the Board of Stakeholders of the EU Photonics 21 organisation

Professor Chris LoweProfessor Chris Lowe FREng (Cambridge) is currently Director of the Institute of Biotechnology and Professor of Biotechnology. The principal focus of his research programme has been the high value - low volume sectors of pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals and diagnostics. The work has led to the establishment of 7 spinout companies with a value in excess of £250M. He has 250 publications, 7 monographs and 40 patents. He has won a number of prizes including the Queen's Award for Technological Achievement (1996); The Jubilee Medal of the Chromatographic Society (2002); and the Queens Higher Education Award (2008).

Dr Simon MooreDr Simon Moore (Cambridge) is a Reader in Computer Architecture at the Computer Laboratory, where he leads the Computer Architecture research group comprising two lecturers, two research associates and 12 PhD students. The current focus is on communication-centric computer system and algorithm design, motivated by scaling favouring transistors rather than electrical interconnect so that optimisation for communication is key to further advance in processing power. Previous work on networks-on-chip and globally asynchronous locally synchronous systems has led to test chip fabrication, giving industrial credibility to these concepts.

Dr Bill O'NeillDr Bill O’Neill (Cambridge) Having completed an advanced fellowship in September 2003 at Liverpool University and established a £5M EPSRC Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre in 2002, Bill was appointed to a lectureship in production processes within the Institute for Manufacturing in Cambridge University Engineering Department in 2003. He has written over 70 scientific papers on the subject of lasermatter interactions, optical engineering and manufacturing process technologies, he is a member of a number of government and industrial advisory boards, and is a non-executive director of Advanced Laser Solutions Ltd.

Professor Andrea FerrariProfessor Andrea Ferrari (Cambridge) is Professor of Nanotechnology and Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder. He is the Director of the Cambridge Graphene Centre and Head of the Nanomaterials and Spectroscopy Group at the University of Cambridge Engineering Department and Nanoscience Centre. He is Professorial Fellow of Pembroke College.


Professor Andreas DemosthenousProfessor Andreas Demosthenous (UCL) is Professor of Analogue and Biomedical Electronics. He is an expert at analogue integrated circuit design and is a member of the Analog Signal Processing Technical Committee (ASPTC) and the Biomedical Circuits and Systems (BioCAS) Technical Committee of the IEEE Circuits and Systems (CAS) Society. He is also a member of the U.K. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Peer Review College. He is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers and an Associate Editor for the IEEE CAS Society Newsletter. Since 2008 he has served on the International Advisory Board for Physiological Measurement.

Professor Sir Michael PepperProfessor Sir Michael Pepper (UCL) is Pender Professor of Nanoelectronics and a staff member for the London Centre for Nanotechnology. He pioneered the study of low dimensional electron gas systems and the associated quantum effects, and his career has encompassed both academic and industrial sectors. Sir Michael was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1983 and a Fellow of Trinity College in 1982. He has been awarded the Hughes Medal and the Royal Medal of The Royal Society and the first Mott Medal of the Institute of Physics, as well as the Guthrie (Gold) Medal and the Europhysics Prize of the European Physical Society. He received a knighthood in the 2006 New Year's Honours list for services to physics and has received honorary degrees and given named lectures including the Mountbatten Memorial Lecture of the IET and the Royal Society’s Bakerian Lecture.

Professor Sir Richard FriendProfessor Sir Richard Friend (Cambridge) is Cavendish Professor of Physics and a Fellow of St John's College with a world-renowned reputation for his research into the physics and engineering of carbon-based semiconductors. He is co-founder of two University of Cambridge spin-out companies, Cambridge Display Technology and Plastic Logic. Professor Friend was knighted for "Services to Physics" in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, 2003. In 2008 Professor Sir Richard Friend was elected to Honorary Fellowship of the Institute of Physics.

Professor Clemens KaminskiProfessor Clemens Kaminski (Cambridge) is Professor of Chemical Physics and Head of the Laser Analytics Group. In 2005 he was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize (Engineering) and in 2008 the SAOT research prize in Optics.

Professor Neil Greenham


Professor Neil Greenham (Cambridge) is based in the Optoelectronics Group of the Cavendish Laboratory. He is an expert in electronic and photonic properties of novel solution-processible semiconductors.


Professor David RitchieProfessor David Ritchie (Cambridge) is Professor of Experimental Physics and Head of the Semiconductor Physics Group at the Cavendish Laboratory. He has been working on III-V semiconductor physics and has extensive experience of the growth, fabrication and measurement of low dimensional electronic and optical structures. He has been co-author of over 750 papers and has been awarded the 2008 Tabor medal and prize by the UK Institute of Physics for distinguished research in surface or nanoscale physics.

Professor Arokia Nathan

Professor Arokia Nathan (Cambridge) is the Chair of Photonic Systems and Displays and Head of the Centre for Large Area Electronics. He holds the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award and has over 50 patents filed/awarded and has founded/co-founded four spin-off companies. He serves on technical committees and editorial boards in various capacities. He is a Chartered Engineer (UK), Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (UK), Fellow of IEEE (USA), and an IEEE/EDS Distinguished Lecturer.

Professor Henning SirringhausProfessor Henning Sirringhaus (Cambridge) is Hitachi Professor of Electronic Device Physics at the Cavendish Laboratory and Head of Microelectronics and Optoelectronics. He has been working in Cambridge in the field of charge transport in organic semiconductors and their application in field-effect transistors since 1997. In 2000 he co-founded Plastic Logic Ltd., a technology start-up company commercialising printed organic transistor technology.

Professor Sir Mark Welland

Professor Sir Mark Welland (Cambridge) is Head of the Cambridge University Nanoscience Centre, a leading nanofabritcation and characterisation facility. In 2002 his contributions to nanotechnology research were recognised through his election to Fellowships of the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2011 he was awarded the ‘Office of the Secretary Defence Medal for Exceptional Public Service’ - the highest level non-career award given by the Secretary of Defence and the ‘NNSA Gold Medal' for his 'outstanding leadership and wise counsel as Chief Scientific Advisor to the United Kingdom’ by the US Departments for Defence and Energy. He was awarded his knighthood in the 2011 Birthday Honours list. He is also a Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge.