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Thomas F Krauss
Professor of Photonics



Dipl.Ing. (Cologne, 1989); PhD Engineering (Glasgow, 1992); Chair of Optoelectronics (St Andrews, 2000); Chair of Photonics (York, 2012)

Summary of expertise

  • Photonic Crystals & Nanostructures
  • Semiconductor Nanofabrication
  • Light-matter interaction
  • Biophotonics
  • Photovoltaics

Departmental roles

  • Head of Photonics group
  • Head of Nanocentre Cleanroom
  • Coordinator, Condensed Matter Physics Institute
  • REF Champion
  • Director, White Rose Industrial Physics Academy (WRIPA)



Research Group: Condensed Matter Physics | Photonics

The aim of my research is to understand and control the light-matter interaction in photonic nanostructures, and to build functional devices that make use of this understanding. Photonic crystals provide an excellent platform for controlling enhanced light-matter interaction, and I am interested in developing them both technologically and conceptually. My activity spans the study of fundamental concepts such as enhanced light emission to more applied areas such as nanolasers and biosensors. Much of the activity of the group is now focussed on studying bacteria and their susceptibility in the context of antimicrobial resistance and on developing point-of-care healthcare technology devices.


  • Resonant and shaped photonics, EPSRC Programme Grant (with St Andrews)
  • Multiparameter Assay for Profiling Susceptibility (MAPS), EPSRC
  • Sensors for clean water, EPSRC/GCRF
  • Seamless Integration of Functional Materials for Advanced Photonics (SeaMatics), EPSRC
  • Advanced Manufacturing Grant with Leeds
  • White Rose Industrial Physics Academy (WRIPA)

Research group(s)

  • Dr Christopher Reardon, Experimental Officer
  • Adam Stroughair, Research Technician
  • Dr Andrew Hirst, Project Manager, WRIPA 
  • Dr Yue Wang, Post-doctoral researcher (Programme Grant)
  • Dr Donato Conteduca, Post-doctoral researcher (Programme Grant)
  • Dr Jose Juan-Colas, Post-doctoral researcher (Programme Grant)
  • Dr Kezheng Li, Post-doctoral researcher (MAPS)
  • Dr Lisa Miller, Post-doctoral researcher (MAPS)
  • Amna Safdar, PhD student, Nanostructured solar cells
  • Lewis Reeves, PhD student, Nanolasers/SeaMatics
  • Giampaolo Pitruzzello, PhD student, Antimicrobial susceptibility tests
  • Steve Thorpe, PhD student, Antimicrobial susceptibility tests
  • Alex Drayton, PhD student, Healthcare technology/MAPS
  • Isabel Barth, PhD student, Guided mode resonance biosensors
  • George Duffett, PhD student, Nanostructured sensors



  • Experimental Techniques PHY00002H
  • Final year research projects in Photonics


  • Advanced Solid State Physics

External activities


  • University Research Strategy Champion “Technologies for the Future"
  • Fellow IoP (2001), Fellow Royal Society of Edinburgh (2002), Fellow Optical Society of America (2009)
  • Royal Society Wolfson ResearchMerit Award (2015)
  • Chair and Organiser of "Photonic and Electromagnetic Crystal Structures” York, 2016

Invited talks and conferences

  • 10-15 Invited talks and seminars per year at international conferences, OSA Meetings, Workshops/Summer Schools

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Department of Physics
University of York
YO10 5DD
Tel: +44 (0)1904 322279
Fax: +44 (0)1904 322214
Room: P/C101