IOP Ireland Poster Prize

7 July 2017

Liam Wright was the winner of the IOP Ireland sponsored poster competition prize at the recent Photonic Integration and Advance Data Storage (PIADS) Conclave in Belfast. The event was organised by students from the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in PIADS. The Centre is jointly co-ordinated by Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Glasgow.

Liam Wright was the winner of the IOP Ireland sponsored poster competition prize at the recent Photonic Integration and Advance Data Storage (PIADS) Conclave in Belfast. The event was organised by students from the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in PIADS. The Centre is jointly co-ordinated by Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Glasgow.

Liam joined the CDT in September 2015 having previously completed a Masters in Physics at the University of Glasgow. His poster outlined his work on Mapping Plasmonic Excitations of Patterned TiN Nano-elements in the Scanning-transmission Electron Microscope. He is jointly supervised by Dr Donald MacLaren, University of Glasgow and Professor Robert Bowman of Queen’s University Belfast.

CDT aims to tackle some of the challenges created by the increasing quantities of data generated by today's society.

The Centre's focus is on developing highly-manufacturable photonic integration technologies related to the magnetic storage of digital information.  However, the development of these technologies will be relevant to a wide spectrum of end-users – from telecommunications to biophotonics, in which optical technologies are applied to living organisms and health care.  Established in 2014 with substantial investment from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), both universities and industrial partners such as Seagate, the Centre will help to address a skills shortage in the photonics industry by educating fifty future scientists and engineers over the next eight years.

Runner up in the competition was Jennifer Mackel. Jennifer joined the CDT in September 2015 having previously completed a Masters in Physics with Astrophysics at Queen's University Belfast. Her poster looked at Skyrmions in FIBed Single Crystals. She is jointly supervised by Professor Marty Gregg of QUB and Dr Damien McGrouther of University of Glasgow.