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1980 …2023

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An entrepreneurial physicist with a first class record in thin film & sensor research, development, production and commercialisation, extending over a thirty year period and gained from technical director/ CEO roles within blue chip companies, SME`s, start-ups and close association with academia. Proven track record in establishing world class published and patented research, development, intellectual property and commercialisation of functional thin film processes, deposition tools, sensors and medical devices. Research activity formerly within industry and latterly academia. Effective knowledge transfer, economic and societal impact from industrial and academic experience.


Further detail at:



and http://www.uws.ac.uk/staff-profiles/engineering/desmond-gibson/

Current research activities


Specific technical and commercial experience in the thin film, optical and sensors industries.


Specific experience listed as follows:


  • Optical thin film design & deposition technologies
  • Thin film photovoltaics
  • gas sensors – low power consumption non-dispersive infrared & photo-acoustic
  • Plasma source development for assisted thin film deposition
  • Medical devices: breath analysis for diagnostic/ management of chronic respiratory conditions,
  • Injection moulded precision optics
  • III-V mid infrared optoelectronic devices
  • High laser damage optical coatings
  • Laser protection filters
  • Durable infrared optical coatings
  • Miniaturised infrared spectrophotometry
  • Linear variable filter design and deposition
  • Functional thin films utilising nanostructures


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Desired research direction

Research utilising above activities. Open to new research opportunities.

Target collaborative organisations

Companies/ organisations utilising and/ or involved with the following technologies  


  • Optical thin films
  • Infrared systems/ optics
  • Gas Sensors – emphasis on low power consumption/ compatibility with energy harvesting
  • Breath analysis for diagnosis/ management of medical conditions
  • Energy harvesting utilising thin film photovoltaics
  • Companies/ organisations interested in commercialising above research activities 


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