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Philip Hands

Institution/Company: University of Edinburgh

Areas of Interest: Engineering

Keywords: photonics Sensors Entrepreneurship liquid crystals lasers soft matter

Philip is a Lecturer and Chancellor’s Fellow at the School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh.  His research is interdisciplinary and applications-focussed, often in collaboration with industry, on a range of technologies exploiting the electronic and photonic properties of soft materials such as liquid crystals, polymers and composites.  Philip has a keen interest in the commercialisation of research, successfully co-founding Ilumink with his former colleagues from the University of Cambridge, developing ink-jet printed lasers for anti-counterfeiting applications.  Current research activities include: the development of new tuneable liquid crystal laser technology; chemical and biological sensors for point-of-care medical diagnosis; wireless and flexible pressure sensors for wearable electronics; haptic display technology for the visually-impaired; and adaptive-focus liquid crystal lenses for ophthalmics and 3D displays.  He also is active in public engagement activities for science and engineering.

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