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Last updated 13th March 2023


Dr Andrew Henning is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Precision Technologies (CPT) working in the optics group where he leads the research on optical metamaterials for metrological applications. He received his MSci and PhD from the University of Nottingham prior to becoming a postdoc at Imperial College London and then taking a role as a ‘higher research scientist’ at NPL. He joined the optics research group at Huddersfield in 2016. His current research focusses on the control of light using artificial materials such as metamaterials and photonic crystals, and the development of metrological instrumentation exploiting these materials to achieve a significant reduction in their size and weight allowing it to be implemented in scenarios where its current form is prohibitive.

Dr Henning’s research to date has mainly covered the modelling of optical systems for microscopy and optical data storage purposes, the control of light using photonic crystals and the manipulations of particles using dielectrophoresis.

Current projects:

Researcher Co-I on the EPSRC project ‘Next Generation Metrology Driven by Nanophotonics’ EP/T02643X/1.

Research Degree Supervision

Supervision of PhD Students:

• Mr Daniel Townend 2020-2023 PhD, main supervisor, ‘Metalenses for Metrological applications’
• Mr Justin (Ho-Tin) Chan 2020-2023 PhD, co-supervisor, ‘Ultra-Compact Metrology systems using Nanophotonic Elements’
• Mr Joseph Kendrick 2020-2023 PhD, co-supervisor,‘ Multi-functional Metasurfaces for Metrological Applications’

Supervision of Master’s students:

• Ali Rahmatinia 2018-2019, co-supervisor, ‘Intrinsic Fibre Strain Sensor Interogation Using Broadband Interferometry’

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

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  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Optics and Photonics
  • Metameterials
  • Instrumentation
  • signal processing
  • fourier optics
  • Metasurfaces
  • Modelling of Optical Instrumentation
  • Fourier Optics
  • Photonic Crystals


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