Richard Curry

Prof, Professor of Advanced Electronic Materials, CEng. CPhys. FInstP. FHEA, Vice-Dean (Research & Innovation)

Personal profile


1993 - 1996 BSc in Theoretical Physics (1st class Hons) Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
1996 - 1999 PhD 'Luminescence characterisation of AlQ and ErQ', QMUL.
1999 - 2001 EPSRC Research Associate, QMUL.
2001 - 2004 Research Fellow Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC), University of Southampton.
2003 co-founded ChG Southampton Ltd.
2004 - 2016 Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer/Reader/ Professor of Photonics, Advanced Technology Institute, University of Surrey.
2016 - present Professor of Advanced Electronic Materials, Photon Science Institute, University of Manchester.

2017 - 2020 Director, Photon Science Institute, University of Manchester.

2020 - 2021 Associate Dean (Research Institutes).
2017 - 2021 Director of Science, Henry Royce Institute at Manchester.

2021 - present Vice-Dean (Research & Innovation).


Prof Richard Curry obtained his BSc in Theoretical Physics (1st class Hons) from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in 1996. He went on to complete a PhD, also at QMUL in 1999, in which he pioneered the first near infrared emitting organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs). Extending these studies and his interest in lanthanide emitters he moved to the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton in 2001 as a postdoctoral researcher. Here he also developed research interests studying planar chalcogenide materials for optoelectronic applications. In 2004 he moved to the University of Surrey becoming Professor of Photonics in 2015 and holder of a Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship 2015/16. In December 2016 he moved to the University of Manchester as Professor of Advanced Electronic Materials in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and undertakes his research within the Photon Science Institute. His research interests are based around the study and development of new photonic materials and devices and doped solid-state materials for quantum technologies. He is the principal investigator of a portfolio of several research grants including the EPSRC Programme Grant 'Nanoscale Advanced Materials Engineering' and co-leads the EPSRC Materials for Quantum Network (M4QN). He maintains a strong set of national and international collaborations and contributes to policy discussion around the areas of advanced materials, semiconductors and quantum technologies in a personal capacity and in his role as Vice-Dean Research & Innovation.

Research interests

EPSRC Programme Grant Nanoscale Advanced Materials Engineering (EPSRC EP/V001914/1)

Platform for Nanoscale Advanced Materials Engineering (EPSRC EP/R025576/1)

Future Laser Manufacturing of Nanostructured Metal Oxide Semiconductors for Functional Materials and Devices (EPSRC EP/V008188/1)

Cryogenic Ultrafast Scattering-type Terahertz-probe Optical-pump Microscopy (EPSRC EP/T01914X)

Integrated 'on chip' optical Coherence tomography (OCT) systems for point-of-care imaging diagnostics (EPSRC EP/R014418/1)

Functional Nitride Nanocrystals for Quantum-Enhanced Technologies (EPSRC EP/M015513/2 & EP/M015513/2)

Development and Application of Non-Equilibrium Doping in Amorphous Chalcogenides (EPSRC EP/N020057/2 &EP/N020057/1)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Queen Mary University of London

Award Date: 31 Dec 1999

Bachelor of Science, Theoretical Physics (1st class Hons.), Queen Mary University of London

Award Date: 31 Jul 1996

Areas of expertise

  • QC Physics

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute
  • Photon Science Institute
  • Thomas Ashton Institute
  • Creative Manchester


  • quantum materials, photonic materials and devices, nanocrystals, photodetectors, impurity centre doping, quantum technology, Nanoscale engineering


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