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Behrad Gholipour

Assistant Professor


Electrical and Computer Engineering

About Me

Dr Gholipour obtained his PhD from the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the university of Southampton in 2012. He was awarded the prestigious EPSRC UK ICT Pioneer Prize for his work on planar chalcogenide optoelectronic and nanophotonic devices during this time. Subsequently he worked on ion-implantation into amorphous semiconductors for carrier-type reversal at the ORC as a Research fellow. This was followed by three years as a Project Leader at the Centre for Disruptive Photonic Technologies (CDPT) at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, focusing on multimaterial fibers and their applications. He subsequently returned to the UK as a Senior Research Fellow at the Optoelectronics Research Centre and the School of Chemistry at the University of Southampton in 2016 to lead the portfolio of activities on material discovery of topological insulators, phase change and epsilon near zero (ENZ) materials for all-dielectric and plasmonic planar and fibre integrated metamaterial applications. 

He is an expert in chalcogenide semiconductors, multimaterial optical fibres, high throughput material discovery and all-dielectric as well as plasmonic reconfigurable metamaterials and metasurfaces. In all these cases, He is most interested in light-matter interaction with a particular focus on material engineering, optoelectronic switching and sensing phenomena as well as laser, plasma and thermal based fabrication techniques for reconfigurable nanoscale optics, environmental sensing and emerging telecommunication and neuromorphic optics applications. 

He has pioneered ground breaking new techniques and technologies which are being pursued by a range of researchers and companies around the world. Most notably he is known for the first all-optical phase change metamaterial, chalcogenide photonic synapse, lithography assisted fibre drawing and color tunable perovskite metasurfaces. His work has resulted in >100 peer reviewed journal and conference publications. 


  • Metamaterials & Plasmonics
  • High-throughput Material Discovery
  • Laser switching & processing of materials  
  • Multimaterial Optical Fibres
  • Photo-tunable materials
  • Plasma & thermal vapour deposition 
  • Chalcogenide semiconductors
  • Phase change & Nano-ionics
  • Neuromorphic Optics