Profile: Prof. Nigel Copner - Chair of Optoelectronics

Professor Nigel CopnerProf. Nigel Copner is founder member of WORIC (Wireless and Optoelectronics Research and Innovation Centre). He holds the prestigious Chair of Optoelectronics at the University of South Wales and is a Director of NanoTechnology at the Research Centre, Xian in China.

Prof. Copner achieved First class Honours in BSc Physics at Reading University in 1988 and subsequently obtained a PhD in Laser Physics from Swansea University in 1992.

Nigel has an extensive patent portfolio (>30) generated during a successful career in Silicon Valley working at JDS Uniphase (Senior Manager, San Jose), DERA (Research Fellow, Malvern), Renishaw and through his work at the University of South Wales.

Throughout his research, Nigel has encouraged creativity, developing many ideas through to highly manufacturable, robust prototypes that pass the exhaustive Telecordia reliability specification 1221. 

Recently, within Academia, he has initiated a major research project (£2M) funded by the TSB based on his IP (US2007230532) which highlights the efficiency gains achieved if multi-mode second harmonic generation occurs within a laser cavity. 

Further work, based on his novel tuneable laser concept (WO2009081160 (A1) a major CIRP project (£540k) was won. This new concept deploys a frequency tuning element that simultaneously adjusts both laser frequency and cavity length changes to eliminate mode-hops. This concept is expected to open the metrology sector to higher volume applications in the medical sector etc. 

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The Faculty is host to over 120 full-time academic staff and a community of more than 150 research students. Over 80% of our research submitted in the last government research assessment exercise was judged to be of an international standard, with 5% of the Faculty's submission being recognised as world-leading. The Faculty has a proud tradition of collaboration with the commercial sector through projects supporting technology transfer and applied research work.

It has nurtured excellent industrial links, working with Fujitsu, IBM, British Telecom, Orange, Welsh Government, Network Rail, Ordnance Survey and ESRI.

The Faculty receives national recognition for its work in information security, mobile applications and services, and power and automotive systems engineering.

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