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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


Further detail at:


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 2008 2019

Concentrated vertical jetting mechanism for isotropically focused ZnO/Si surface acoustic waves

Jangi, M., Luo, J. T., Tao, R., Reboud, J., Wilson, R., Cooper, J. M., Gibson, D. & Fu, Y. Q. 12 Feb 2019 In : International Journal of Multiphase Flow. 114, p. 1-8 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

surface acoustic wave devices
distribution (property)
Doping (additives)

Amorphous silicon with extremely low absorption: beating thermal noise in gravitational astronomy

Birney, R., Steinlechner, J., Tornasi, Z., Macfoy, S., Vine, D., Bell, A. S., Gibson, D., Hough, J., Rowan, S., Sortais, P., Sproules, S., Tait, S., Martin, I. W. & Reid, S. 9 Oct 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Physical Review Letters.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
thermal noise
amorphous silicon
electron spin
gravitational waves

Automated control of plasma ion-assisted electron beam-deposited TiO2 optical thin films

Hui, B., Xiuhua, F., Gibson, D., Child, D., Song, S., Fleming, L., Rutins, G., Chu, H. O., Clark, C. & Reid, S. 5 Aug 2018 In : COATINGS. 2018, 8, 11 p., 272

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
electron beams
thin films
ion currents
alternating current

Comparison of the physicochemical properties of TiO2 thin films obtained by magnetron sputtering with continuous and pulsed gas flow

Wiatrowski, A., Mazur, M., Obstarczyk, A., Wojcieszak, D., Kaczmarek, D., Morgiel, J. & Gibson, D. 20 Nov 2018 In : COATINGS. 8, 11, 16 p., 412

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
gas flow
magnetron sputtering
thin films

Activities 1992 2017

  • 2 Types of Award - Fellowship awarded competitively
  • 1 Types of Award - Other distinction

Fellow Institution of Engineering & Technology (FIET)

Gibson, D. (Recipient)
17 Oct 2017

Activity: Types of Award - Fellowship awarded competitively

Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP)

Gibson, D. (Recipient)
4 Aug 2004

Activity: Types of Award - Fellowship awarded competitively

Chartered Engineer

Gibson, D. (Recipient)
5 Feb 1992

Activity: Types of Award - Other distinction


thin films
amorphous silicon
thermal noise
thin films
bandpass filters
Light interference
Thin films
Copper oxides
Photoacoustic effect
Thermal effects
Light emitting diodes
Carbon dioxide
Finite element method
Composite materials
Composite structures
Stress concentration
thermal noise
amorphous silicon
gravitational waves