• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    MONPLAS Project 1: Fast and specific detection of micro and nanoplastic by flowthrough plasmonic sensing. MONPLAS Project 2: Portable and low cost photoluminesent (PL) micro- and nanoplastics detection. RADSENS – RADiofrequency (RF) heating of gold nanoparticles in optical polymer SENSors for the potential detection of single biomolecules via an ELISA sandwich assay.


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    Personal profile

    Research Projects/Collaborations

    MONPLAS MSCA-860775 – H2020 ITN Research Project (01/2020-12/2023)

    CanDo ICT-610472 – FP7 STReP Research Project (01/2014-08/2017)

    POSITIVE ICT-257401 – FP7 STReP Research Project (09/2010-08/2013)

    INTOPSENS ICT-223932 - FP7 STReP Research Project (09/2008-08/2011)

    SABIO IST-026554 – FP6 STReP Research Project (01/2006-12/2008)

    ePIXNET IST-004525 FP6 Network of Excellence (01/09/2004-01/09/2008)

    LASERPOM FP6 CRAFT Research Project COOP-CT-2004-513275 (10/2004-10/2006)

    ATOMCAD FP5 TMR Network- HPRN-CT-1999-00048 (02/2000-08/2004)

    NanoFab FP4 TMR Network- ERBFMRXCT970129 (12/1997-11/2002)

    CAD and verification of MM- and Submm-Wave Circuits FP4 TMR Network- ERBFMRXCT960050 (09/1996-08/2000)


    Marie Curie COFUND Research fellow, Aston University (2018-Present)

    Senior Researcher “Universitat de Valencia” (2011-2017)

    Researcher “KTH - Kungliga Tekniska högskolan” (2009-2010)

    Senior Researcher “Universitat Politecnica de Valencia” (2006-2009)

    Postdoctoral Researcher, “Universitat de Barcelona” (2004-2006)

    Postdoctoral Researcher, “Sigma Plus” (2002-2004)

    Postdoctoral Researcher, “Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona” (2000-2002)

    Postdoctoral Researcher, “Universidad de Cantabria” (1999-2000)

    Graduate Trainee, Philips Semiconductors (1998-1999)

    Research Interests

    Research is focussed on optofluidics and the nanostructuring of photonic and plasmonic materials for near proximity flow of analyte to sensor surfaces and novel matter and electromagnetic wave interaction controls. These sensor surfaces can provide real time responses and the use of small sample and reagent volumes, as well as added functionality for highly integrated, efficient and rapid low-cost multiparameter optical biosensors. Of particular interest are porous membranes, as substrates and templates for nanocolumns, for nanostructured optical biosensors.

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    CPhys, MInstP, IEEE, SPIE

    PhD Supervision

    Simulation of nanoantenna arrays for plasmonic biosensing - Jonathan Calderón Soriano, (06/12 – ?)

    Development of a polarimetric based optical biosensor using a freestanding porous membrane biosensing – Jesus Alvaréz Alavaréz (09/10 – 7/13), maximum qualification (17/09/13).

    Funding Applications and Awards

    3.9M€ H2020 MSCA ITN project MONPLAS, 2020-2023 – Awarded/Management of whole project and legal principle researcher or PR (Aston)

    4.0M€ FP7 ICT project CanDo, 2014-2017 – Awarded/Management of whole project and legal principle researcher or PR (UV)
    Q-Nanotics (Spanish Ministry of Education) project, 2012-2015 – Proposal contribution, awarded/legal PR - head of group (UV)
    2.9M€ FP7 ICT project POSITIVE, 2010-2014 – Awarded/Management of whole project and legal PR (UV)
    10K€ VINNOVA award, 2010 – Awarded grant, legal PR - head of group (KTH)
    2.6M€ FP7 ICT project INTOPSENS – Awarded/Management of whole project, legal PR - head of group (KTH)
    SINADEC (Spanish Ministry of Education) project, 2009-2011 - Proposal contribution, awarded/PR - head of group/PR (UPV)
    2.4M€ FP6 IST project SABIO – Management of whole project
    6.0M€ FP6 IST NoE ePIXnet JRA Sensors – Partner manager
    NANOPOLAR (Spanish Ministry of Education) project, 2006-2009 – Proposal contribution, awarded/PR - head of group/PR (UB)

    Teaching Activity

    2015, 2016 – Supervision of Physics for Biologists laboratory (University of Valencia)

    2008-2009 - ‘GCSE’ and ‘A’ Level tutoring at British Private School

    1998 - Support role in preparing and running Masters laboratory on materials selection

    1997 - Support role in preparing and running Masters laboratory on materials selection

    1996 - Support role in preparing and running Masters Workshop on crystallography

    1995-1996 - Support role in preparing and running Masters laboratory on microscopy

    1995 - Support role in preparing and running a computation analysis workshop

    1994 - Support role in preparing and running various 1st year physics laboratories

    1993 - Support role in preparing and running various 1st year physics laboratories



    Postgraduate Certificate Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Distinction) – Aston University in 2019

    Assistant professor/lecturer accreditation

    Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency (AQU) – Since 2018

    Spanish National Agency for Evaluation of Quality & Accreditation (ANECA) – Since 2016


    Project Reviewer

    FETOpen and Marie Curie IEF reviewer in EC FP7 and H2020.
    Nanoscience projects in the “Blanc programme” of the French National Research Agency (ANR).


    Nanophotonic biosensor based on surface Plasmon interference – Peter Debackere, 15/12/09


    Editorial board member of the International Journal of Foods and Biosystems Engineering
    International Program Committee member of Allsensors 2016, 2017. 2018, 2019
    International Program Committee member of Photoptics 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
    International Program Committee member for International Conference on Sensors Engineering and Electronics Instrumental Advances (SEIA) 2015.
    Scientific Committee of International Conference on Food and Biosystems Engineering (FABE) 2015, 2017
    International program committee member of Eurosensors XXV
    European Silicon Photonics Cluster
    Expert in Nanofutures key node group of Design, Modelling and Testing of Materials
    Student Representative of Liverpool University Engineering and Physical Sciences Graduate School Committee (1995-1998)
    Secretary of Department of Materials Science and Engineering (University of Liverpool) Staff-Student Liaison Committee (1995-1998)
    Faculty (Science and Engineering) representative for University Guild Council for University of Liverpool (1995-1998)

    Academic/Professional Contacts

    Prof. P. Bienstman, Ghent University/IMEC; Prof. L. Pavesi and Dr P. Bettotti, U. Trento; Prof. C. Elliot, Belfast University; Prof. H. Goosens, University of Antwerp; Dr C. Angulo Barrios, Politecnica de Madrid; Dr. L. Vivien, IEF/Universitie Paris Sud; Prof A. Russom (Stockholm); Prof J. Popp and C. Krafft, Jena University; Dr. M. Chiari, Consiglo Nazionale Delle Ricerche; Drs C. Bosshard and H. Knapp, CSEM; Dr T. Krahn, Bayer Worldwide Healthcare; Dr. H. Becker, Chipshop; Dr M. Swann, Farfield Scientific Ltd; Dr. K. Beyer, Charité (Berlin); Dr. M. Makki, Mobidiag; Dr. H. Zoller, Medical University of Innsbruck; Dr. G. Skorski, Phylogene SA (France); Dr. P. Pourquier ID-VET Sarl (France); Profs Löhr and Heuchel, Karolinska Institute; Prof M. Nilsson, Stockholm University


    GKS; AstraZeneca; Pfizer; Novartis; Bayer; Roche (Healthcare and Diagnostics); R-Biopharm; Janssen R&D; Merck; Abbot; Biomerieux; GE Healthcare; Siemens; Renishaw; Alcatel-Lucent; Honeywell; STMicroelectronics; Sagem; Telefonica; IBM; HP; Philips; 3M; Thermo Scientific; Sony; Veeco; Danone; CocaCola; Nestlé; HeinzKraft; Tetrapak

    Contact Details

    Room: NW315 
    Phone: 0121 204 3549 
    Email: d.hill2@aston.co.uk

    Scholarship and fellowship

    Research topics of interest for supervising PhD students

    Development of a novel polymer photonic technique for the potential detection of single biomolecules. Apply here:


    RADSENS – RADiofrequency (RF) heating of gold nanoparticles in optical polymer SENSors for the potential detection of single biomolecules via an ELISA sandwich assay
    Supervisor: Dr Daniel Hill
    Research group: Aston Institute of Photonics Technology

    Education/Academic qualification

    Award Date: 14 Dec 1998

    Award Date: 19 Dec 1995

    University of Leeds

    Award Date: 20 Jul 1993

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    Research Output

    Advances towards reliable identification and concentration determination of rare cells in peripheral blood

    Alemany Server, R., Martens, D., Jans, K., Bienstman, P. & Hill, D., 16 Mar 2016, In : Proceedings of SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. 9705, 97050G.

    Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

    Open Access
  • An advance Towards the Synthesis of Ag Nanorod Arrays with Controlled Surface Roughness for SERS Substrates

    Gómez-Gómez, M., Calderón, J., Abargues, R., Rodríguez-Cantó, P. J., Suárez, I., Pastor, J. P. M. & Hill, D., 17 Feb 2016, In : Materials Today: Proceedings. 3, 2, p. 294-302 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Characterization of porous alumina membranes for efficient, real-time, flow through biosensing

    Sola, L., Álvarez, J., Cretich, M., Swann, M. J., Chiari, M. & Hill, D., 5 Feb 2015, In : Journal of Membrane Science. 476, p. 128-135 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Nanophotonic biosensors within lab on chip optical systems

    Hill, D., 1 Jan 2015, PHOTOPTICS 2015 - 3rd International Conference on Photonics, Optics and Laser Technology, Proceedings. Ribeiro, P. A. & Raposo, M. (eds.). SciTePress, Vol. 2. p. 60-68 9 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution