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    • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom


    Research output per year

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    Personal profile

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    Member of the Institute of Physics.

    Chartered Physicist


    2014- Aston Institute for Photonic Technologies

    2010-2014  Chief Scientist L-3 TRL, Tewkesbury.

    2001-2009 Technical leader, QinetiQ, Malvern

    1998-2001 Senior Scientist, DERA, Portsmouth

    1994-1998 Post doctroal research fellow, Birmingham University 

    Research Interests

    Laser Detection

    Free space optical communications

    Optical spectroscopy

    Non-Mechanical beam steering

    Novel encoding schemes


    I have spent meany years doing research in industry, looking across the gap at academics and now I have joined them. However bad you think things get in academia, at least the hierachies of the organisation understand that  research is the bedrock of what universities do. In industry research costs money and you always have to justify what you do to people who have no concept, why you spend money that someone else sees as their profit - even when someone else has funded it. There is a different mindset in industry. What appears to be a small amount of funding to a university, can be a major investment for a small company. The misalignment between academia and industry is something I hope I can start to influence as I think academia to industry relations will become more important (to academia) in the coming years.


     Phone number:  0121 204 5311


     Room : N613

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    Research Output

    • 15 Article
    • 5 Conference publication
    • 4 Conference article
    Open Access
  • Laser detection using liquid crystal polarization modulators

    Benton, D. M., 8 Jun 2020, In : Optical Engineering. 59, 6, 064106.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Open Access
  • Conformable Holographic Photonic Ink Sensors Based on Adhesive Tapes for Strain Measurements

    Alqattan, B., Benton, D., Yetisen, A. K. & Butt, H., 14 Aug 2019, In : ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. 11, 32, p. 29147-29157 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Developments in low-cost laser detection: wide field of view implementation and direction determination

    Zandi, M., Benton, D. M., Sugden, K., Titterton, D. H., Grasso, R. J. & Richardson, M. A., 7 Oct 2019, In : Proceedings of SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. 11161, 111610H.

    Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

    Open Access
  • Activities

    • 2 Publication peer-review
    • 2 Examination

    External examiner for PhD

    David Benton (Examiner)

    28 Feb 2020

    Activity: Examination typesExamination

    Optics Express (Journal)

    David Benton (Peer reviewer)

    Oct 2014

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    External examiner.

    David Benton (Examiner)

    Oct 2012Oct 2014

    Activity: Examination typesExamination

    Optical Engineering (Journal)

    David Benton (Peer reviewer)

    2011 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review