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Area of academic expertise - outline

Has significant experience in thin film physics/material physics and applications in optical coatings, hyperspectral-imaging, sensors, life science (SERS) and flexible electronics, including the aspects of material, process, characterization, modelling/simulation, application and device design, particularly in optical thin films. Also has additional skills in Mathcad, Matlab, C++, VB and Fortran programming, and programming for MCU (Micro Control Unit).

Current research activities

Research projects in the area of thin films for imaging and sensors as Principle Investigator (PI), Co-Investigator (CoI) and PhD supervisor are exampled below:

  • Process Control Technologies for Manufacturing (PI, 2020, NMIS-IDP);
  • Improved and low-cost infrared linear variable filters for spectrometry (PI, 2019, CENSIS);
  • Development of a low cost miniaturised hyperspectral imaging camera, Optical Imaging Leverage Grant, (PI, 2019,SUPA);
  • Develop a miniaturized NIR spectrometer for VOCs detection (PI, 2019, KTP);
  • Feasibility of a Hyperspectral Crop Camera (HCC) for agriculture optimisation (PI, 2016,BBSRC and Innovate-UK);
  • CO2 sensor for greenhouse application (PI, 2014, SUPA);
  • High Density Plasma Assisted Electron Beam Deposition of Precision Optical Coatings offering enhanced throughput and retrofitability to existing & new deposition systems (CoI, 2017, Royal Academy of Engineering UK-China Industry Academia Partnership Programme)
  • A high growth spinout project for IR gas sensing (2016, CoI, Scottish Enterprise)
  • Self-powering gas and environment wireless sensor platform in building applications, (CoI, 2015, Innovate UK)
  • PhD projects as DOS:  currently supervising 5 PhD students, plus 2 completed PhD projects:  “Large area, high quality optical filters produced using plasma enhanced process for laser application”; Dr Cheng Li; “Metal Nanostructures Made by Oblique Angle Deposition on Templates for Solid State Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy Substrates”; Dr Hin On Martin Chu


Other activities

  • Editorial Board Member of Journal: Frontiers in Materials; Paper Review for Journals: Sensors, Coatings, Optics Communications, Optical Materials Express, Applied Surface Science, Thin Solid Films, etc

Target collaborative companies

Wideblue, UK

Helia, Uk

The National Printable Electronics Centre, CPI, UK

Dushi Green, Shanghai China

Javac, Shanghai China

Target collaborative organisations

Strathclyde University

Glasgow University

Heriot-Watt University

Fudan University, Shanghai China

Tongji University, Shanghai China

CUST, Changchun China

Xian Technical University, Xian China

BIPT, Beijing China

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Maths and programming

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Research Output

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

  • 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

  • Simulation analysis and preparation of a high optical density laser protection filter

    Hang, L., Liu, W., Song, S., Gibson, D., Zhou, S., Zhang, X., Li, C. & Ahmadzadeh, S., 3 Apr 2020, In : Applied Optics. 59, 11, p. 3315-3323 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Structural, optical properties and optical modelling of hydrothermal chemical growth derived ZnO nanowires

    Chu, H. O., Wang, Q., Shi, Y., Song, S., Liu, W., Zhou, S., Gibson, D., Alajlani, Y. & Li, C., 21 Jan 2020, In : Transactions of Nonferrous Metals Society of China. 30, 1, p. 191-199 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Erratum: Wang et al. Optimised performance of non-dispersive infrared gas sensors using multilayer thin film bandpass filters. Coatings 2018, 8, 472

    Wang, P., Fu, X., Gibson, D., Fleming, L., Ahmadzadeh, S., Li, C., Muhiyudin, M., Song, S., Hutson, D., Moodie, D., MacGregor, C. & Steer, M., 21 Feb 2019, In : Coatings. 9, 2, p. 142-142 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    • 11 Publication peer-review
    • 4 Editorial activity
    • 1 Invited talk

    Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing (Journal)

    Shigeng Song (Peer reviewer)

    27 Apr 2018

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

    COATINGS (Journal)

    Shigeng Song (Editorial board member)

    1 Sep 2018

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

    COATINGS (Journal)

    Shigeng Song (Guest editor)

    1 Aug 2018

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity


    Shigeng Song (Peer reviewer)

    3 Mar 2017

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review