AIPT is one of the largest photonics research centres in the UK, with 90+ staff and current grant funding amounting to €20M, of which the largest fraction comes from EU projects. AIPT’s success has been built on significant achievements in optical sensing, high-speed optical transmission and processing, nonlinear photonics, fibre grating technology, femtosecond laser material processing techniques, nano-photonics, fibre lasers and bio- and medical photonics. Underpinning these achievements is one of the strongest theoretical and advanced numerical modelling photonics research groups in the world. AIPT has an impressive portfolio of project funding, industrial and international collaborations, spin-out companies, highly cited research papers and patents, all demonstrating excellence in the field. Much of AIPT’s research is carried out in collaboration with industrial partners ranging from large companies, such as Alcatel, BT, France Telecom, BAE Systems, Airbus and Corning, to a large number of SMEs.
Prof. David Webb, Associate Dean for Research in Engineering at Aston and Deputy Director of the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies, has 30 years experience in optical sensing technologies, including chemical and biochemical sensing. He has published more than 400 papers in this field and successfully supervised 17 PhDs.
Dr. Alex Rozhin conducts cutting-edge experimental research in a wide variety of nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes, graphene, nandiamond organic dyes, etc. He is a world known expert in advanced materials science, nanotechnology, nonlinear optics, solid state and soft matter physics, biological and environmental sensors, and photonic systems. He has published 125 journal and conference papers (about 4700 citations, h-index 36) and has 10 patent applications on his credit.
Since 2006, Dr Daniel Hill has worked in biophotonics, with the FP7 InTopSens, FP7 Positive and FP7 CanDo projects awarded to him, as well as coordinating the FP6 SABIO project. His research focusses on optofluidics and the nanostructuring of photonic and plasmonic materials for near proximity flow of analyte to sensor surfaces and novel matter and electromagnetic wave interactions. In September 2018 Dr Daniel Hill joined Aston University as a Marie Curie fellow in the MULTIPLY project. He has published over 37 peer reviewed papers and two patent applications to his credit.