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    • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    1987 …2019
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    Personal profile

    General

    I joined Aston University as Reader in Photonics in May 2001 was promoted to Professor in June 2012 and awarded a 50th Anniversary Chair in 2016. Prior to joining Aston I had spent 10 years as a Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer in the Physics Department at the University of Kent at Canterbury. My higher education was obtained at the University of Oxford (BA in Physics at St. Catherine’s) and the University of Kent (PhD in Physics) and I have also spent time as a postdoc in the Department of Engineering Science at Oxford and in industry with GEC Research in Great Baddow, Chelmsford.

    Research Interests

    A member and Deputy Director of the Aston Institute of Photonics Technologies, I have 30 years’ research experience in the field of photonics, working in the areas of non-linear optics and optical fibre sensors and devices. I have published over 400 journal and conference papers on these subjects, as well as a research text book on photorefractive nonlinear optics and several other book chapters. Google Scholar

    I am currently serving as Director of ASTUTE (the Aston Institute for Urban Technologies and the Environemnt).

    Teaching Activity

    I currrently teach the fundamentals of electronics in a practical setting to our first year students.

    I am interested in teaching innovations that have the potential to encourage greater student engagement. To this end I  introduced problem based learning in the second year analogue electronics course and together with my colleague Dr. Kate Sugden have transformed the teaching of electronics in the first year to a practical and project based activity, introducing students to electronic design at an early stage.

    Employment

    • 2001 – date: Reader then Professor in Photonics, Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies, School of Engineering Science, Aston University
    • 2007 – date: Director, Astasense Ltd.
    • 1991 – 2001: Lecturer then Senior Lecturer in Physics, University of Kent
    • 1988 – 1991: Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Department of Engineering Science, Oxford University
    • 1989 – 1991: College Lecturer, Pembroke College, Oxford University
    • 1983 – 1985: Research Scientist, GEC Research, Marconi Research Centre, Gt. Baddow, Chelmsford

    Qualifications

    • BA in Physics, University of Oxford, 1982
    • PhD in Physics, University of Kent, 1988

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    IOP, OSA, IEEE

    Contact Details

    Phone number: 0121 204 3541

    Email: d.j.webb@aston.ac.uk 

    Room Number: NW322

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    Research Output 1987 2019

    An ultra-sensitive aptasensor on optical fibre for the direct detection of Bisphenol A

    Allsop, T. D. P., Neal, R., Wang, C., Nagel, D. A., Hine, A. V., Culverhouse, P. F., Ania-Castañón, J. D., Webb, D. J., Scarano, S. & Minunni, M., 15 Jun 2019, In : Biosensors and Bioelectronics. 135, p. 102-110 9 p.

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    Ground-water monitoring using polymer optical fibre Bragg gratings

    Mehravar, M., Yang, H., Zhang, W. & Webb, D. J., 28 Aug 2019, In : Proceedings of SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. 11199, 111991M.

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    Low-dimensional nano-patterned surface fabricated by direct-write UV-chemically induced geometric inscription technique

    Allsop, T., Neal, R., Kundrat, V., Wang, C., Mou, C., Culverhouse, P., Ania-Castanon, J. D., Kalli, K. & Webb, D. J., 2 Jan 2019, In : Optics Letters. 44, 2, p. 195-198 4 p.

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    Utilising thermal annealing for multiplexing and sensitivity enhancement of polymer optical fibre sensors

    Pospori, A., Marques, C. A. F., Sagias, G., Lamela-rivera, H., Sáez-rodríguezd, D., Nielsen, K., Bang, O. & Webb, D. J., 28 Aug 2019, In : Proceedings of SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. 11199, 111993E .

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    Polymer Optical Fiber
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    Water content detection in aviation fuel by using PMMA based optical fiber grating

    Zhang, W., Webb, D. J., Lao, L., Hammond, D., Carpenter, M. & Williams, C., 1 Mar 2019, In : Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical. 282, p. 774-779 6 p.

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    Thesis

    Advances in characterisation, calibration and data processing speed of optical coherence tomography systems

    Author: Rasakanthan, J., 21 Jan 2015

    Supervisor: Sugden, C. A. (Supervisor) & Webb, D. J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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    Fabrication and characterisation of Bragg grating based polymeric optical devices

    Author: Pospori, A., 9 Oct 2017

    Supervisor: Webb, D. J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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    Fibre Bragg gratings in polymer optical fibre for applications in sensing

    Author: Zhang, C., 24 Feb 2012

    Supervisor: Webb, D. J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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    Fibre gratings in novel optical fibres for applications in sensing

    Author: Dobb, H. L., 2007

    Supervisor: Webb, D. J. (Supervisor) & Kalli, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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    Grating devices in polymer optical fibre

    Author: Johnson, I. P., 2012

    Supervisor: Webb, D. J. (Supervisor)

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