Soft Matter Photonics
Our research focuses on the design and development of new optoelectronic and photonic devices that are based upon soft-materials such as liquid crystals and polymers. In recent years, we are also developing fabrication techniques dedicated specifically to soft optoelectronic devices. The research sits at the interface between engineering, materials science and physics and includes the development of new electro-optic effects and materials for photonics applications. Our research is largely experimental in nature, but is also underpinned by theoretical studies led by Professor Steve Elston. Some of the devices and technologies that we study include diffractive optic elements, phase modulators, speckle reduces, thin film lasers, smart windows and display devices.
The research group is located in the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford. The laboratories include a wet lab facility for the preparation of liquid crystal and polymer materials/devices, an optical polarising microscopy suite equipped with fluorescence microscopes, atomic force microscope, UV-vis spectrometers and refractometers. The are three laser laboratories and one printing suite equipped with a Microfab printer and 3D printers.
The Soft Matter Photonics Group is also member of the Oxford Photonics Network and the Oxford Space Network.