Imperial College London

Dr Robert Woodward

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Academic Visitor



+44 (0)20 7594 7639r.woodward12 Website




221EBlackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





My research aims to improve our understanding of light-matter interaction in nanomaterials and optical fibres for the development of new lasers and other optical devices for scientific, industrial and medical applications. I’m also interested in studying the underlying nonlinear physics of light waves in optical systems, which can be used to model complex phenomena in nature.

Further details of my research activities and a complete list of publications can be found here.

I am also a co-founder and committee member of the Imperial College London Optical Society – a student chapter of OSA and SPIE – and the London Local OSA Section, aiming to promote the science and application of light to the wider community.

Brief Biography

I received an MA and MEng in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge in 2012, including a research project on the topic of carbon nanotube and graphene optoelectronics with Prof. Andrea Ferrari at the Cambridge Graphene Centre. After this, I moved to the Femtosecond Optics Group at Imperial College London to study for a PhD under the supervision of Prof. Roy Taylor and Dr Sergei Popov, followed by a one-year EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship, continuing my research with the group.

In January 2017 I left Imperial to take up an MQ Research Fellowship within the MQ Photonics Research Centre at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.



Hu G, Albrow-Owen T, Jin X, et al., 2017, Black phosphorus ink formulation for inkjet printing of optoelectronics and photonics, Nature Communications, Vol:8, ISSN:2041-1723

Woodward RI, Kelleher EJR, 2017, Genetic algorithm-based control of birefringent filtering for self-tuning, self-pulsing fiber lasers, Optics Letters, Vol:42, ISSN:0146-9592, Pages:2952-2955

Woodward RI, Murray RT, Phelan CF, et al., 2017, Characterization of the second- and third-order nonlinear optical susceptibilities of monolayer MoS<inf>2</inf> using multiphoton microscopy, 2d Materials, Vol:4

Howe RCT, Woodward RI, Hu G, et al., 2016, Surfactant-aided exfoliation of molybdenum disulfide for ultrafast pulse generation through edge-state saturable absorption, Physica Status Solidi B-basic Solid State Physics, Vol:253, ISSN:0370-1972, Pages:911-917


Woodward RI, Dispersion engineering of mode-locked fibre lasers [Invited], Photon16

More Publications