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Angela Seddon

Professor of Inorganic Materials, Faculty of Engineering

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Biography

Angela Seddon graduated with BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from the University of Nottingham, UK. After 4 years away to start a Family, she read for MPhil and PhD in Physical Chemistry. She became British Telecom Fellow developing new mid-infrared fibreoptics and then 'New Blood' Lecturer in Fibreoptics in the Department of Engineering Materials at the University of Sheffield,UK - the first female academic appointment. In 2000, she became the first female Professor in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham, UK, where she leads the Mid-Infrared Photonics Group.

Expertise Summary

PROFESSOR OF INORGANIC MATERIALS

HEAD OF MID-INFRARED PHOTONICS GROUP

Email: angela.seddon@nottingham.ac.uk Tel.: 0115 8466755

Angela Seddon is Professor of Inorganic Materials at the University of Nottingham, UK, her alma mater; she has a wealth of experience in the chemistry, physics and engineering of mid-infrared fibreoptics. She leads the Mid-Infrared Photonics Group and runs a world-class suite of labs. (>£0.7M investment by the University and EPSRC) dedicated to the synthesis and characterisation of long-wavelength mid-infrared fibreoptics and fibre devices.

Teaching Summary

I very much enjoy teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students 'at the coal-face'.

CURRENT UNIVERSITY TEACHING

  • Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering to Year-1 Mechanical Engineering undergraduates (some 300 students).
  • Environmental Failure of Materials (in particular, thermodynamics and kinetics of oxidation of metals) to Year-4 Mechanical Engineering undergraduates (MEng) and MSc students.
  • Advanced Materials (also a vehicle for transferable skills of formal report writing and presentations), to Year-4 Mechanical Engineering undergraduates (MEng) and MSc students.
  • Photonics (ditto).
  • High Performance Ceramics and Glasses to to Year-3 Mechanical Engineering undergraduates (MEng) and MSc students.
  • Tutorials, Individual MEng, BEng and MSc Project supervision.
  • PhD supervision.

PREVIOUS UNIVERSITY TEACHING

Thermodynamics of Materials to Year-1 Materials undergraduates (taught for 10 years); Chemistry of Materials to Year-3 Chemistry undergraduates; Processing and Properties of Materials to Year-2 Mechanical Engineering undergraduates; Materials Science and Engineering to Year-1 Environmental Engineering undergraduates; Degradation of Glasses to Year-3 Materials undergraduates; Advanced Optical Glasses to Year-3 Materials undergraduates; High Performance Glasses to Year-3 Materials undergraduates; Materials in Service to Year-4 Mechanical Engineering undergraduates (MEng) and MSc students; undergraduate tutorials and laboratory classes; Supervision of ~ 100 Final Year Undergraduate Individual Projects and ~ 40 Phd students.

Research Summary

Angela Seddon's vision is to bring about a new paradigm in mid-infrared (MIR) biophotonics for portable, real-time, sensing and imaging in medicine based on new MIR fibreoptics, including for… read more

Selected Publications

Current Research

Angela Seddon's vision is to bring about a new paradigm in mid-infrared (MIR) biophotonics for portable, real-time, sensing and imaging in medicine based on new MIR fibreoptics, including for real-time, in vivo cancer diagnosis. She runs a world-class suite of labs. (>£0.7M investment by the University and EPSRC) dedicated to the synthesis and characterisation of long-wavelength MIR optical fibres and devices. The Facility is unique in the UK in making long-wavelength MIR glasses; these are selenide (Se) and telluride (Te) glasses, based on complex formulations and demanding careful chemical synthesis. Her seminal 1995 paper cited 485x rekindled interest in MIR chalcogenide-glass photonics. Her Royal Academy of Engineering / Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship (2007 / 08) & Medical Research Council, Discipline Hopping Fellowship (2008 / 09) were awarded to Professor Seddon to initiate her MIR biophotonics' research. Her Optics Express review re-set some ground rules for achieving MIR fibre lasingcited186x. With DTU, Denmark, her Group set a world record (held for 6 months) in 2014 in broadband MIR sources demonstrating a MIR-supercontinuum spanning 1.4 mm to 13.3 mm spectral range in fibrecited 425x.This was the first experimental demonstration truly to reveal the potential of MIR fibres to emit across the MIR molecular "fingerprint spectral region" and a key first step towards bright, portable, broadband MIR sources for biomolecular sensing, including for cancer detection. Angela Seddon is elected Fellow of SPIE for special contribution to MIR photonics, and Fellow of the Society of Glass Technology, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. She has > 250 publications, has presented about 220 talks at conferences and institutions, including 90 invited, and held research grants of ~ £7M.

Currently Principal Investigator on COOL: Ceramics production: COld-cOntainer processing for Long-wavelength mid-infrared fibreoptics. EPSRC EP/P013708/ 1 £822k fec.

Past Research

PUBLIC LECTURES: ~227 IN TOTAL, INCLUDING 91 INVITED AND PLENARY.

PUBLIC LECTURES IN 2018:

Oct. 2018: D-Photon 2018, International Conference on Dielectric Photonic Devices and Systems Beyond Visible, Bari, Italy:

  1. D. Furniss (Presenter), Z. Tang, D. Jayasuriya, H. Forbes, S. Sujecki, A. Seddon, T. Benson, A.Heikal, S. Obayya, Mid-Infrared Monitoring of Heritage Buildings.
  2. M. Shen, D. Furniss (Presenter), Z. Tang, L. Sojka, S. Sujecki, T. Benson, M. Farries, A. Seddon, L. Sojka, S Sujecki Experimental and numerical studies of the emission from rare-earth- doped chalcogenide glass fibres.

Sept. 2018: 13th Internal Conference on Solid State Chemistry: SSC 2018) Pardubice, Czech Republic. Chairman: Tomas Wagner:

  1. PLENARY LECTURE: AB Seddon (Presenter), Shining a light on disease with mid-infrared (MIR) fibreoptics.(Lecture dedicated to Professor Miloslav Frumar.)

Sept. 2018: Institute for Photonics & Nano-technologies, Trento, Italy11 September 2018. Supported by COST ACTION MP1401: "Advanced fibre laser and coherent source as tools for society, manufacturing and lifescience" (2014-2018).SHORT TERM SCIENTIFIC MISSION (STSM):

  1. INVITED TALK: AB Seddon (Presenter),Towards mid-infrared (MIR) fibre lasers.

June 2018: SPEC2018, University of Strathclyde, Scotland. Chair: Dr Matt Baker:

  1. INVITED TALK: AB Seddon (Presenter), Ł. Sojka, T.M. Benson, D. Furniss, Z.Q. Tang, H. Parnell, D. Jayasuriya, Y. Fang, M. Shen and S. Sujecki, C. Petersen and O. Bang. Shining a light on disease with mid-infrared (MIR) fibreoptics.

June 2018: 21st International Symposium of Non-Oxide Glasses and New Optical Glasses, 17-21 June 2018, Quebec, Canada. Chair: Prof Younes Messadeq:

  1. INVITED TALK: AB Seddon (Presenter), Shining a light on cancer with mid-infrared fiberoptics.

June 2018: CIMTEC 2018: 14th Ceramics Congress, Perugia, Italy. Symposium CL Inorganic Materials Systems for Advanced Photonics, Session CL-5 - Inorganic Optical fibres-CL-5:IL02:

  1. INVITED TALK: AB Seddon (Presenter), Shining a light on disease with mid-infrared (MIR) fibreoptics.

April 2018: SPIE Photonics Europe, Strasburg, France:

8. INVITED TALK: AB Seddon (Presenter), Breakthroughs in mid-infrared fibre technology.

Feb. 2018: COST MP1401 Winter PhD School on Fibre Lasers at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland:

9. INVITED INTERNATIONAL POSTGRADUATE LECTURE SERIES: AB Seddon (Presenter), Biomedical

applications of mid-infrared fibre lasers: 3 x 1 hour lectures.

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