The University of Exeter

The University of Exeter  ( is a public, research-intensive university located in South West England, and is a member of the Russell Group of leading research-oriented UK universities.

The University of Exeter has been named The Sunday Times University of the Year 2013 and has been consistently ranked as one of the top 10 UK universities in recent years.

Exeter’s Science Strategy has, in recent years, supported my materials research, with university wide investment of £1.8 million in studentships in the area of Functional Materials.

The Physics department has comprehensive fabrication facilities in Exeter’s Centre for Graphene Science (a £5 million investment from the EPSRC/HEFCE Science and Innovation Awards Scheme), including the NanoBeam electron lithography system and class-6 clean room facilities, and several state of the art, ultrafast laser systems.

  • Role in the project

The University of Exeter will be involved in WP1 “Observation and optimization of giant nonlinearities in graphene nano-structures.” The goals will be to fabricate high-quality graphene nano-structures supporting plasmonic modes, to characterize the optical nonlinearities of these structures, and to investigate nonlinearities at visible frequencies.

P.I. - Prof. Dr. Euan Hendry

Research Group: Electromagnetic Materials Group
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My research interests centre on the investigation of material properties using light. During my PhD I measured ultrafast charge dynamics in novel semiconducting materials for applications in solar cell technology. In recent years I have developed a strong interest in photonics, and my most recent research investigates plasmons in mircro and nano-structured materials, and the optical properties of graphene structures. Exploring the interaction between light and matter lies at the heart of all of my research.
I currently lead a group comprising four post graduate students, and I relish the challenge of motivating and inspiring these younger physicists. I also work well as part of a larger team, and have led several successful international collaborations, all resulting in peer reviewed publications, with researchers from home and abroad. I also have strong links with industry, as evidenced by a recent industrial CASE award partnership with QINETIQ, funded by the UK research councils.
I have published >50 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings, the first of which was published in 2004. These publications have gathered significant peer recognition: around two thirds of my publications are still being cited over and above the citation rate expected from the journal impact factor.
Research Team description
The THz and Ultrafast Photonics Group sits between the Electromagnetic Materials Group and Centres for Graphene Science in the physics department at the University of Exeter. We undertake pioneering work to explore the interaction of matter with electromagnetic radiation, and investigate how this interaction can be manipulated using materials structured from the nm to the cm scale.  Our experimental work involves material synthesis and nanofabrication, imaging and characterisation using infrared, visible and ultrafast laser sources.

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