Professor Amin Abdolvand


Photographic portrait of Professor Amin Abdolvand

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Division: School of Engineering, Physics & Mathematics
Organisation: University of Dundee
Tags: Fellowship: Established Career, Fellowship: Previous Fellow, Researcher
Related theme: Energy Engineering ICT Manufacturing the future Physical Sciences


I occupy the Chair of Functional Materials & Photonics and head the Materials And Photonics Systems (MAPS) Group at the University of Dundee. The extended Group currently comprises 12 research-active members and 15 research and project students. It includes the following four subgroups: 

  • Materials engineering & laser technology
  • Functional nanomaterials & devices
  • Conical diffraction photonics – fundamentals to applications
  • Free electron lasers – X-ray to Infrared

Our research is also supported by KTP, STFC, CERN, EU FP7, SUPA on topics ranging from development of biosensor devices & biomedical printed materials to continuous casting of precious metals.

My Fellowship

Photonics is one of the most important technologies for industry in the 21st century. In the last decade many aspects of our everyday lives have been revolutionised beyond recognition in a variety of areas such as information and communication, lighting, manufacturing, data storage, security and life sciences & medicine.

Materials & Photonics are currently so tightly linked to one another that it would be impossible to state where one ends and the other starts. We are witnessing a sustained and increasing focus across a range of industry sectors towards the development of micro- and nanotechnology-enabled products. This is a direct consequence of the growing reliance in many application domains - biotechnology, energy, optoelectronics, optics, printed electronics and consumer products - on devices that integrate multiple functions in packages of reduced size.

These miniaturised products represent high value-added output for many companies, and are thus pivotal contributors to a sustainable economy. Photonics & functional materials are two key strands of technology at extreme scales that make it possible to develop and deploy processes and materials at the cutting edge of industrial progression.

My fellowship on utilising the full potential of light-matter interactions will undoubtedly impact manufacturing, health, leisure, and communications. A deep understanding of the ways in which light interacts with complex materials is one of the most important tasks in this interface, which will play a crucial role in the design and implementation of future manufacturing strategies.