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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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Research Output

Charge-based supercapacitor storage estimation for indoor sub-mW photovoltaic energy harvesting powered wireless sensor nodes

Yue, X., Kiely, J., Gibson, D. & Drakakis, E. M., 31 Mar 2020, In : IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics. 67, 3, p. 2411-2421 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    199 Downloads (Pure)

    Durable infrared optical coatings based on pulsed DC-sputtering of hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H)

    Gibson, D., Song, S., Fleming, L., Ahmadzadeh, S., Chu, H. O., Sproules, S., Swindell, R., Zhang, X., Navabpour, P., Clark, C. & Bailey, M., 12 Mar 2020, In : Applied Optics. 59, 9, p. 2731-2738 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open Access
  • 7 Citations (Scopus)
    151 Downloads (Pure)

    Low-cost hyper-spectral imaging system using a linear variable bandpass filter for agritech applications

    Song, S., Gibson, D., Ahmadzadeh, S., Chu, H. O., Warden, B., Overend, R., MacFarlane, F., Murray, P., Marshall, S., Aitkenhead, M., Bienkowski, D. & Allison, R., 27 Jan 2020, In : Applied Optics. 59, 5, p. A167-A175 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Miniaturised infrared spectrophotometer for low power consumption multi-gas sensing

    Muhiyudin, M., Hutson, D., Gibson, D., Waddell, E., Song, S. & Ahmadzadeh, S., 9 Jul 2020, In : Sensors. 20, 14, 23 p., 3843.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 5 Downloads (Pure)


    • 2 Types of Award - Fellowship awarded competitively
    • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
    • 1 Types of Award - Other distinction

    Optical Design Special Interest Group

    Carlos Garcia Nunez (Participant) & Desmond Gibson (Invited speaker)

    16 Jun 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Fellow Institution of Engineering & Technology (FIET)

    Desmond Gibson (Recipient)

    17 Oct 2017

    Activity: OtherTypes of Award - Fellowship awarded competitively

    Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP)

    Desmond Gibson (Recipient)

    4 Aug 2004

    Activity: OtherTypes of Award - Fellowship awarded competitively

    Chartered Engineer

    Desmond Gibson (Recipient)

    5 Feb 1992

    Activity: OtherTypes of Award - Other distinction

    Press / Media