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Professor Marco Petrovich

Professor Marco Petrovich

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Address: B15, East Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ


Professor Marco Petrovich obtained a MSc (“Laurea”) in Solid State Physics with honours from the University of Padova, Italy, in 1998, before moving to the ORC to undertake a PhD in Optical Fibre Technology, funded by Pirelli Cables and Systems. Since 2003 he has covered various positions at the ORC, working on the development of Microstructured Optical Fibres and Hollow Core Optical Fibres.

Professor Petrovich has over 20 yrs’ experience in developing special optical fibres and his activity has been instrumental to several research breakthroughs and world’s firsts in the area of hollow and microstructured fibres for sensing and telecom applications.

Professor Petrovich has co-authored over 230 publications in optics and photonics, including: over 60 invited and post-deadline presentations. He has been PI/CoI and contributor to over 20 industrial, RCUK-funded and EU-funded research projects. Sponsors include Innovate UK, NPL, IS Instruments, DSTL, AWE Plc, ESA, ATMEL and SPI Lasers.

Professor Petrovich is a Senior Member of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). He is Associate Editor of the IEEE Sensors Journal (from 2015), and has served on numerous technical committees at international conferences.

In 2017 Professor Petrovich co-founded the spin-out company Lumenisity Ltd. ( which commercialises the hollow core fibre technology developed at the ORC. He is currently in full secondment to Lumenisity with the role of Director of Operations and he leads Lumenisity’s fibre manufacturing operation currently based in the Zepler Institute cleanroom facilities, with responsibility over Fibre R&D, Engineering and Production.

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