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Emeritus Professor James Wilkinson

Emeritus Professor James Wilkinson


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Address: B53, West Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ


James S. Wilkinson joined the University of Southampton in 1985 and is Professor of Optoelectronics in Electronics & Computer Science, and in the Optoelectronics Research Centre of which he is a founder-member. He took his BSc and PhD, both in electronic engineering, from University College London in 1977 and 1985. He conducted research into optical fibre transmission systems at the GEC Hirst Research Centre, London, from 1977 – 1979, and into optical monitoring and control for haemodialysis procedures at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, between 1983 and 1985. His research focusses on optical materials and devices for sensing and telecommunications including integrated fluorescence multisensors, waveguide Raman biosensors and mid-IR waveguide spectroscopy for environmental monitoring and point-of-care medical diagnostics, and rare-earth-doped waveguide amplifiers and lasers. James is a Fellow of the IEEE, IET and the IoP, was a member of the Royal Society Working Group on the Detection and Decontamination of Chemical Weapons (2003/4) and has an h-index of 40. He was a cofounder of UoS spin-out Mesophotonics Ltd, which first commercialised Klarite SERS chips. James recently completed a €3M ERC Advanced Investigator Grant on “Wideband Integrated Photonics for Accessible Biomedical Diagnostics”, and is Co-I on a £6M Programme Grant on Silicon Photonics for Future Systems. From 2014-2018 he was Associate Dean, Planning and Strategy, for the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering.

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