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Strathclyde University

 strathclyde.png Dr. Alan Kemp Strathclyde Institute of Photonics alan dot kemp at strath dot ac dot uk
Prof Martin Dawson Strathclyde Institute of Photonics m dot dawson at strath dot ac dot uk
Dr Jennifer Hastie Strathclyde Institute of Photonics jennifer dot hastie at strath dot ac dot uk
Dr Erdan Gu Strathclyde Institute of Photonics erdan dot gu at strath dot ac dot uk
Dr Brian Patton Department of Physics brian dot patton at strath dot ac dot uk
Dr Michael Strain Strathclyde Institute of Photonics michael dot strain at strath dot ac dot uk

Cohort 1: PhD, Year 3

Paul Hill
P. Hill

PhD Title: Heterogeneous integration of diamond photonic devices on non-native substrates
PhD Supervisor: Dr. Erdan Gu & Dr. Michael Strain
Institution: University of Strathclyde

Cohort 2: PhD, Year 2

Lukasz Dziechciarczyk


PhD Title: Diamond Lasers: The Direct use of Diamond
PhD Supervisor: Prof. Alan Kemp
Institution: University of Strathclyde

Cohort 3: MSc Year

Jack Smith

J. Smith

PhD Title: Tunable optical resonators with embedded diamond defect centres for quantum technologies
PhD Supervisor: Dr. Michael Strain
Institution: University of Strathclyde

Cohort 4: MSc Year

Martin Lee


Before returning to academia I spent six years in the automotive industry working for Audi UK. I started studying Astrophysics in 2011 at Aberystwyth university where I obtained my 1st class honours degree.

My final year dissertation project involved creating a Zernike polynomial fitting algorithm to analyse optical surface data. This method of analysis is widely used as the industry standard for optical metrology, particularly in the production of high quality optical surfaces.

Upon graduating I spent just under two years working in industry as an optical engineer. I now look forward to moving my focus into photonics and laser physics. My PhD research topic will involve the use of diamonds in semiconductor disk laser systems for quantum technology, based at the University of Strathclyde. The CDT DST is a great opportunity to be at the heart of a large community of experts in multiple disciplines.

PhD Title: Compact, Diamond-Cooled and Stabilised Semiconductor Disk Lasers for Quantum Technology
PhD Supervisor: Dr Jennifer Hastie
Institution: University of Strathclyde

Ryan Corbyn


I graduated my Master’s degree in physics with a first class honours degree from Loughborough University in the summer of 2017. During my final year, I began searching for PhD positions related to Condensed Matter Physics and through my search I became aware of the positions that the Diamond Science and Technology CDT were advertising. I was lucky enough to be accepted for the position investigating the use of Nano-diamond for the imaging of neural structures. The applications of physics to the medical sector has always been something that has interested me, so this position is ideal for my area of interest. This coupled with the additional industrial and professional links that arise through studying with the Diamond Science and Technology CDT made this position too good to miss.

PhD Title: Nanodiamond as an Optically Robust Fluorophore for Targeted Imaging of Neural Structures
PhD Supervisor:
Dr Brian Patton
University of Strathclyde