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Prof Geoffrey Nash

Professor of Engineering Physics and Director of Natural Sciences


Telephone: 01392 725867

Extension: (Streatham) 5867

Geoff Nash studied Physics at the University of Bath, including a placement at the National Physical Laboratory and a final year project in underwater acoustics. After sp­ending a year in Australia, he took an MSc in Semiconductor Science and Technology at Imperial College, before returning to Bath to compete a Ph.D in solid state physics. His work at Bath included the first measurements of surface acoustic wave attenuation by quantum wire, quantum dot and anti-dot arrays, for which he was awarded the Deryk Chesterman Medal for outstanding postgraduate research in 1997. He also spent periods at the Max Planck Institute in Stuttgart, fabricating samples, both during his Ph.D and a subsequent period as a postdoctoral Fellow.

After leaving Bath he joined the School of Electronics and Computer Science in Southampton, where he made the first measurement of the activation for fluorine diffusion in amorphous silicon.

In 1999 Geoff joined DERA (now QinetiQ) in Malvern as a senior scientist working on infrared negative luminescence devices and led this work until 2003. He also initiated research at QinetiQ into electrically driven single photon sources for quantum cryptography, and from 2003 to 2007 held a Royal Society Industrial Fellowship to look at the quantum information aspects of this work. More recently, he led a multi-disciplinary research team investigating a range of novel optoelectronic devices including quantum well LEDs, and mid-infrared lasers. This work spanned relatively long term research to product development and technology exploitation, and he was heavily involved in the successful licensing of component technology.

His research interests include device physics, photonics, plasmonics, quantum devices and the study and exploitation of new materials such as a graphene. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a visiting Professor at the University of Bristol. He currently holds an EPSRC Fellowship (Frontier Manufacturing) and is the coordinator of the EU FET-OPEN project "GOSFEL".

My Research Group

  • Dr Choon How Gan (Associate Research Fellow)
  • Dr Penglei Li (Associate Research Fellow)
  • Dr Lorreta Lawton (Associate Research Fellow)
  • Dr Isaac Luxmoore (Research Fellow)
  • Lokeshwar Bandhu (postgraduate student)
  • Nathan Mahlmeister (postgraduate student)
  • Tim Poole (postgraduate student)
  • Oliver Higbee (postgraduate student, jointly supervised with Krisztian Kohary)
  • Ben Ash (postgraduate student, jointly supervised with Peter Vukusic)


Former Group Members

  • Sophie Worsfold (MPhys project student)
  • Chris Adlem (MPhys project student)
  • Elliott Chick (MPhys project student)
  • Ellena Whitehead (MPhys project student)