Materials and Devices

Research into photonics materials and devices enable us to transfer our optical knowledge to a platform which is stable and easy to use. This is of benefit both in the lab and, more importantly, outside academic circles to the general public. We are actively working on a range of material and device concepts that span improvements in current technology such as telecommunications, displays, lasers, and solar cells, to future technology such as quantum optic devices and microfluidic circuits.



Professor of Photonic Materials and Devices
Prof. Jason Smith

Our research focuses on the optical and electronic properties of solid state nanostructures for applications such as optoelectronics devices, quantum information processing and photovoltaics.

Associate Professor of Engineering Science

I’m interested in the effect of defects on material properties, ranging from single atom defects, such as vacancies and interstitials, to extended defects, such as dislocations, to macroscopic defects, for example cracks and voids.

Professor of Engineering Science
Prof. Martin Booth

My research interests lie in the theory and practice of dynamic optics, particularly the use of adaptive optical elements in high resolution microscopy and ultrafast laser fabrication.

Associate Professor of Engineering Science
Paul Stavrinou

My research interests span the development of materials (organic and inorganic) for photonic applications and optoelectronic device components, i.e. modulators, lasers and amplifiers, particularly those involving strong localization, propagation and radiation of light.

Professor of Physics and Engineering Science, Head of MPLS Division
Prof Donal Bradley

Professor Bradley’s research interests focus on plastic electronics – encompassing fundamental studies on low-temperature/solution processed semiconductor materials and their application in a range of fields including energy efficient displays, lighting and solar panels.

Professor of Physics
Professor Laura Herz

My research is focused on investigating nanostructured molecular and inorganic semiconducting materials, with applications in artificial light harvesting and photocurrent generation at interfac

Professor of Condensed Matter Physics
Prof. Robert Taylor

I am interested in the optical properties of materials, particularly in the areas of nanotechnology and quantum computing.

Professor of Physics
Prof. Henry Snaith

Our research is primarily focused on developing the physics and technology behind low cost photovoltaic concepts.

Associate Professor

Madhavi Krishnan is Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Oxford.

Associate Professor of Engineering Science
Dr. Steve Sheard

My research interests are in the general area of optoelectronics, including integrated circuit based surface emitting laser devices, optically controlled smart tags, and optical sensors. I am also involved in the development of special glass materials based on embedded nanoparticles.

Professor of Physical Chemistry
Dr. Claire Vallance

We employ novel time-of-flight imaging methods to study photon-induced and electron-induced molecular fragmentation processes and to carry out chemically-resolved imaging of surfaces.

Associate Professor of Engineering Science

My research group develops and applies linear and non-linear optical diagnostic techniques to solve problems in thermofluids including heat transfer, mixing and combustion.

Professor of Applied Nanomaterials
Harish Bhaskaran
Associate Professor of Engineering Science
Dr. Stephen Morris

I am interested in the development and fabrication of novel optoelectronic devices based upon organic and inorganic media.

Associate Professor of Engineering Science
Dr. Chris Stevens

My research area is Ultrafast Electronics which is a rapidly developing field in which we explore the ultimate speed limits of electronics. In order to evaluate the performance of ultrafast electronic systems we have to develop new methods for analysing electromagnetic signals.

Professor of Astrophysics
Prof. Gavin Dalton

I am working on wide‐field imaging and fibre‐fed spectroscopy instrumentation in visible and near‐infrared astronomy, both in instrument construction and science exploitation.

Professor of Engineering Science
Steve Elston

My present research interests are mainly in the field of novel liquid crystal materials and applications, within which I undertake both theoretical and experimental work.

Associate Professor of Engineering Science

I lead the Multifunctional Materials & Composites (MMC) Lab, where we develop nanoporous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), thin films and nanocomposite membranes targeting a range o

Professor of Engineering Science
Prof. Dominic O'Brien

My interests lie in the field of optical communications. Through advances in visible light communications, we aim to gain improvements in the bandwidth and/or efficiency of a data network. 

Professor of Engineering Science
Prof Ekaterina Shamonina

My research covers metamaterials, electrodynamics, plasmonics, nanophotonics and microwave optics.

Associate Professor
Dr Andrew Watt

My research focusses on taking energy materials research from the synthesis of new nanomaterials through to the fabrication, characterization and application of devices.

Associate Professor of Engineering Science
Prof. Steve Collins

My research interests lie in the design of novel light sensing systems, ranging from individual single photon detectors to wide dynamic range cameras.

Hooke Professor of Experimental Physics & Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Professor Ian Walmsley

My research concerns the application of ultrafast optics to study quantum phenomena in light and in matter, and at the interface between them. This largely falls into two complementary running themes in my research group: (a) quantum optics and (b) ultrafast optics and metrology.


Friday, March 15, 2013 - 12:15

The third Oxford Photonics day was held on Tuesday 12th March 2013. Around 70 researchers from across the University, with additional external guests participated in a successful event. Prizes for best Student Oral and Poster presentations were awarded.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 17:45

We are pleased to announce the date for the next Oxford Photonics Day, which has been set for Tuesday 8th October 2013 (0th week) and will take place in the Department of Engineering Science.   More details are to follow in the coming few weeks.

Monday, November 4, 2013 - 10:15

From November 1st, an Oxford team will lead a consortium of six European research institutions in a three year project entitled Wavelength-tunable Advanced Single Photon Sources (WASPS), funded by the European Commission under FP7.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 12:15

Two new Royal Society University Research Fellows, Dr Brian Patton and Dr Josh Nunn, have recently started new research programmes in Photonics.

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 11:30

The 6th Oxford Photonics Day is due to be held on Wednesday 8th Oct in the Thom Building, Lecture Room 1, in the Engineering Department in Oxford.

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 11:45

Display technologies are at the heart of the technology revolution that has swept the world over the past decades.

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 23:00

I-CASE EPSRC Studentship advertised: applications wanted! Check out the advert:

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 15:30

We are pleased to announce the date for the 7th Oxford Photonics Day, which has been set for Monday 20th April 2015 (0th week, Trinity term). It will be held at the Department of Engineering Science. The event will be free to attend for members of the Oxford Photonics Network. The programme will include...

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 15:30

Engineers and Scientists around the world are getting ready for the 2015 International Year of Light (IYL). This International Year has been the initiative of a large consortium of scientific bodies together with UNESCO. The 2015 IYL will consist of ...

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:45

The 7th Photonics Day will be held on 20th April 2015. We once again look forward to a set of lively talks ranging from application of quantum dots to optical sensing of nucleic acids. Speakers come from across Oxford and the UK.  

Please register here:

Here is the workshop programme:

Friday, February 5, 2016 - 21:45

The Optical Society (OSA) has published a brochure about how optics and photonics impacts the global economy.

Monday, October 17, 2016 - 07:45

The 2017 Oxford Photonics Day will be on Wednesday 19th April. To register for the event, which is free, please go to:

Registration for this event is now closed

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 09:45

The Society for Information Display is holding a special event on June 7th 2018 at Prince Philip House, Royal Academy of Engineering, London to mark 50 years of research on liquid crystal displays. This event will include speakers involved in those early days, as well as those currently researching the next generation of LCD and related display technologies.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 17:30

Bodle Technologies Ltd. (a spin-out from the Department of Materials) is currently looking to hire a Microengineering Technician with experience in micro fabrication techniques and familiarity with working within a ‘clean room’ environment. For more details, click here.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - 17:15

Opsydia, a University of Oxford spinout, has unveiled ground-breaking new technology that will help address the risk of tampering and counterfeiting in the diamond sector.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 17:00

Congratulations to John (2nd year DPhil student) on receiving one of the five IET Postgraduate Scholarships awarded this year. These awards recognises outstanding young researchers whose work demonstrates excellence and innovation.

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 21:30

Department of Engineering Science Spin-out Opsydia (co-founders Professor Martin Booth and Dr Patrick Salter) wins Oxford Tust Start-up award. The company has developed ultra-fast laser writing technology to create features inside transparent materials such as diamond.