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Dr Calum Williams


Calum Williams

Research Associate in Nanoplasmonic Metapixels

Academic Division: Electrical Engineering

Research group: Photonics

Telephone: +44 1223 748300


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Research interests

Today there exists a multitude of different optical imaging modalities used in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. I am interested in applying concepts in nanophotonics to the illumination and detection sides of imaging, to unify different modalities in a single device. This has great potential to change the way we image cancer using light. The research is part of a multidisciplinary project with the researchers Dr. Sarah Bohndiek (Physics) and Prof. Timothy Wilkinson (Engineering). 

Previously, for my PhD (Churchill College, University of Cambridge), my research involved plasmonic nanostructures for enhanced optical devices, whereby tailored arrays of ultrathin metallic nanostructures were used to modulate the wavefront of light to enhance the functionality of optical components. This involved the theory and design, electromagnetic simulation, nanofabrication (cleanroom processing) and electro-optical characterisation. 

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  • Junior Research Fellow, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge (2018-current)
  • Postodoctoral Research Associate, University of Cambridge (2017-current)
  • PhD, Plasmonic enhanced optical devices, University of Cambridge (2013-2017)
  • MRes, Photonic Systems Development, University of Cambridge (2012-2013)
  • MPhil, Micro and Nanotechnology, University of Cambridge (2011-2012)
  • BSc, Physics, Cardiff University (2008-2011)