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Dr Behrad Gholipour is a Research Fellow within the Novel Glass group. He received a B.Eng. (Hons.) in Electronics from the Electronics and Computer Sciences department within the University of Southampton in 2008, this was followed by an MSc (with Distinction), in Nanoelectronics within the department. In 2009, he moved to the Optoelectronics Research centre (ORC) for his doctoral studies, completing his PhD under the supervision of Prof Dan Hewak, in only 2 years, his thesis concentrated on the development of "Novel chalcogenide optoelectronic and nanophotonic information storage and processing devices" .

Following the completion of his Ph.D. he was appointed as a Research Fellow in the ORC at the University of Southampton. Amongst other awards, he was recentrly awarded the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Rearch Councils (EPSRC) prestigious "ICT Pioneer" prize in the area of information overload in 2011 for his research.

He has developed a broad range of expertise in nanofabrication, deposition of chalcogenide glasses, nanoelectronic characterisation techniques, device architecture design and implementation, optoelectronic phenomena and utilisation technieques and devices in a wide host of different amorphous chalcogenide semiconductors.

In the past three years he has been involved with 5 different projects, both EPSRC and industrially funded.
He is in close collaboration with the Nanophotonics and metamaterials and the Laser-induced forward transfer (LIFT) groups, at the ORC. University wide collaborators include researchers within the schools of Physics and astronomy, Electronics and computer science and the school of chemistry. He has a strong and active external collaborative network which includes active research with the University of Cambridge, University of Surrey. Industrial collaborators include Ilika technologies and Samsung SAIT GRO, as well as others through research collaborations. He has published and contributed widely in many different peer-reviewed international journals and conferences. .

Current research interests:

Phase change and PCRAM, switchable metamaterials, nanoionics and ReRAM, Cognitive computing, Neuromophic information processing, reconfigurable logic, memristive systems, multilevel optoelectronic switching, ultra low power nanoelectronics, nanofabrication, nanowires, nanotubes, optical materials, optical devices, optoelectronic devices and circuits, plasmonics, thin film thermoelectrics.


PhD (Optoelectronics Research Centre)

2009 - 2011

MSc Nanoelectronics (With Distinction)

2008 - 2009

BEng Electronics (Hons)

2005 - 2008


Optoelectronics Research Centre Second-Year talks Winner


EPSRC ICT Pioneers National Award Winner for Information Overload


Invited presenter at “The Times Cheltenham International Science Festival”


Samsung SAIT GRO Fellow - Samsung SAIT GRO 2010 Innovation Program


Shortlisted for Set for Britain Young Scientist award in Physics & Engineering


ECS first year academic achievement award


Current research projects involved in:

  • Ion implantation into Amorphous chalcogenides for novel optoelectronics

  • Nanostructured Switchable Photonic Metamaterials

  • Phase change chalcogenides for information storage and processing

  • Novel Integrated Microspheres for Planar Lightwave Circuits

Associations: Optical Society of American, IEEE, Institute of Physics


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