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Dr Calum Williams



My research centres around the control of light-matter interactions in photonic nanostructures in order to build functional devices. I am currently interested in metasurfaces for imaging and sensing applications, biomedical optics, novel nanofabrication methods, and tunable nanophotonic devices. Research challenges lying at the interface between disciplines are of particular interest. 

Research specialisms:

  • Micro and nanophotonics
  • Optical metasurfaces and wavefront control
  • Nanofabrication: e-beam lithography and device processing 
  • Optical devicdes: from the visible to the mid-infrared (MIR)
  • Multi and hyperspectral imaging

Education and Employment

  • 2023:  Lecturer in Physics, University of Exeter
  • 2020 - 2022:  Senior Research Associate, University of Cambridge 
  • 2017 - 2020:  Research Associate, University of Cambridge
    • 2019: Junior Interdisciplinary Fellowship, Wellcome Trust
    • 2018: Junior Research Fellowship, Wolfson College
  • 2013 - 2017:  PhD, Engineering, University of Cambridge
    • Thesis: Plasmonic nanostructures for enhanced optical devices
  • 2012 - 2013:  MRes (Dist.), Photonic Systems Development, University of Cambridge
  • 2011 - 2012:  MPhil (Dist.), Micro and Nanotechnology, University of Cambridge
  • 2008 - 2011:  BSc (1st class Hons.), Physics, Cardiff University


For more information on the work and publications:

If you are interested in this work and would like to know more, please drop me an email! 

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