PhD Students

Katarzyina Grabska

Katarzyna Grabska

Kasia was born in Poland. She received the B.E. and M.Sc. degree in applied physics at the Gdansk University of Technology in Poland. In 2016 she joined the Silicon Photonics group at the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton as a PhD student. Her research interests focus on the silicon germanium platform. She enjoys travelling and photography.

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Wei Cao

Wei Cao

Wei is a PhD student in the Silicon Photonics group at the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) in the University of Southampton. He is current developing high speed modulator using group IV material in the mid-infrared wavelength, under the supervision of Prof Goran Mashanovich and Prof Graham Reed. He obtained MSc of Photonics Technologies at the ORC in the University of Southampton, as the top student in the cohort. He accomplished MEng of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE) in the Imperial College London. In his spare time, he likes to go mountaineering, hiking and taking landscape photos.

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Lorenzo Mastronardi

Lorenzo Mastronardi

Lorenzo graduated in Electronic Engineering in Politecnico di Bari (Italy). In 2015, he has joined the Silicon Photonics Group at the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) in the University of Southampton as a PhD student.

He is working under the supervision of Dr Frederic Gardes and Prof Goran Mashanovich in developing an innovative Photonics modulator.

Apart from Photonics, his main activities include sports, photography, cooking and travel.

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Zhibo Qu

Zhibo Qu

Zhibo joined the Silicon Photonics group at the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) in the University of Southampton at 2015 as a PhD student after finished his MSc of Photonics Technologies at the ORC. He currently working on the group IV mid-infrared (MIR) photodetectors, under the supervision of Prof Goran Mashanovich and Prof Graham Reed. He enjoys playing sports and he is good at badminton.

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Nathan Soper

Nathan Soper

Nathan began studying towards a PhD within the field of Silicon Photonics in October 2014. After finishing his first degree of Electronic Engineering which was completed in May 2014 he decided to pursue postgraduate research. This was inspired by doing a short-term undergraduate project with the Silicon Photonics group at Southampton during his final year of study; the project being given a Zepler Prize for outstanding achievement. Before starting fully funded post-graduate research Nathan spent four months doing an academic placement with the Faculty of Engineering and Environment at Southampton in order to become acquainted with academic research and also managed to publish in the journal of Biomechanics. Since beginning his PhD Nathan’s research interest has mainly been focussed in the area of packaging and has enjoyed a number of successes; such as runner up prize at the 2015 Optoelectronics Research Centre Photonics Day and the SEPnet public engagement award for his work in sharing his research with the general public. Nathan expects to be finishing his PhD around springtime of 2018.

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Thalia Bucio Dominguez

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T. Domínguez Bucio was born in Mexico City, Mexico. She receive the B. S. degree in electronic and computer engineering from the Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM), Atizapán de Zaragoza, Mexico, in 2012 and the M.Sc. in photonic technologies from the University of Southampton, Southampton, U.K. in 2013. She is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree in optoelectronics at the University of Southampton, Southampton, U.K.

In 2014, she joined the Silicon Photonics group at the University of Southampton as a Ph.D. student. Her research interests cover the development of a new material platform consisting of silicon nitride photonic applications.

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Yanli Qi

Yanli Qi

Yanli was born in China and received her MSc research degree at Oxford Brookes University. Currently, she working on Silicon Photonics Bio-Chemical Sensors in the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) of Southampton University as a PhD student. Her supervisors are professors Goran Mashanovich and James Wilkinson.

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Fanfan Meng

Fanfan Meng

Fanfan Meng received the B.Sc. degree in electronics and information engineering from the Beijing University of Technology, Beijing, China, in 2012, and the M.Sc. degree in systems on chip from the University of Southampton, Southampton, UK, in 2013. He is currently working toward the Ph.D degree in electrical and electronic engineering at the University of Southampton. He has designed 3 fully customized high-speed CMOS chips (over 20GHz) in various technology processes (down to 28nm). His research interests focus on ultra-wide tuning range VCO, phase-locked loops and wireline transceiver for silicon photonics system.

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Shanghao Liu

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Shenghao Liu received the B.Eng Electronic Enginering degree from the Birmingham City University, UK in 2011 and the MSc. System on Chip from  the University of Southampton, UK in 2012, where he is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree. He has been an IEEE Student Member since Feb 2015.
His current research interests include laser and modulator driver, trans-impedance amplifier for silicon photonic link, and high speed and low power SerDes circuit design.

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Ahmed Osman

Ahmed Osman

Ahmed Osman was born in San Diego, California in 1991. He received B.E. degree from the Technological Educational Institute of Athens, Greece, in 2013. Ahmed is currently an MSc student at the ORC attending the Optical Fibre Technologies programme since September 2015. Since June, he has been working on his dissertation in the Silicon Photonics group at the ORC under supervision of Prof. Goran Mashanovich. His main areas of research interest are mid-infrared silicon and germanium photonic circuits and high speed transceivers.

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Yangbo Wu

Yangbo Wu

Yangbo Wu received the BSc degree in Optoelectronic Materials and Devices in 2015 from Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin. In 2014, he studied in National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, as an exchanged student. Currently, he is a MSc student in the Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton, and he is working on Germanium photonic sensors for long wavelengths supervised by Prof Goran Mashanovich.

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Teerapat Rutirawut

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He obtained B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Physics from Mahidol University, Thailand, and he joined the Silicon Photonics group at the University of Southampton as a Ph.D. student in September 2016 with a funding support by the Royal Thai Government. His research is in the field of silicon nitride photonic, focusing on the development of photonic devices on a SiN photonic platform, under the supervision of Dr Frederic Gardes and Prof Anna Peacock.

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Senta Scholl

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After Senta Scholl obtained the B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), she focused in micro-, nano- and optoelectronics for her M.Sc. at the KIT. She studied abroad at the University of Southampton for one year, where she joined the Silicon Photonics group in April 2017 to do her final M.Sc. project on the angled multimode interferometer under the supervision of Dr Frederic Gardes. Besides her studies, she is engaged in the IEEE Studentbranch of the University of Southampton.

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