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Currently Reader at Heriot-Watt University, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Dr Shephard’s research (Applied Optics and Photonics) is targeted at number of areas: Developing novel optical fibres for high power laser delivery; Technologies for integrating lasers into manufacturing processes; Adaptive optics to tailor light to specific applications; Optical non-destructive testing, and; Novel laser processes for medicine. There is an emphasis on developing multidisciplinary links with academic and industrial partners and medical end users such as surgeons and dentists.


Dr Shephard received the BA degree in Engineering at St Johns College, Cambridge University in 1994 and then joined Pilkington Plc (1994-1995) working within R&D. He then returned to study within the Department of Engineering Materials, University of Sheffield and was awarded an MSc (Eng) with Distinction in 1996. He subsequently remained at the University of Sheffield where he worked on developing novel mid-IR transmitting optical fibres and waveguides. He obtained his PhD in 2000 for his work on “Surface modification of IR transmitting glasses for integrated optics” and continued to work in the area of novel mid-infrared fibres and optical materials. In 2003 he joined the Applied Optics and Photonics Group at Heriot-Watt University, working on the development of novel micro-structured (Photonic Crystal) fibres, and is now a Reader within the Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences.

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Selected Research Output 1997 2017

Dynamically controlled deposition of colloidal nanoparticle suspension in evaporating drops using laser radiation

Van Duong, T., Carter, R., Esenturk, E., Connaughton, C., Wasley, T. J., Li, J., Kay, R. W., Stringer, J., Smith, P. J. & Shephard, J. D. 28 May 2016 In : Soft Matter. 12, 20, p. 4530-4536 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Laser radiation
Laser beams
Capillary flow

Laser textured superhydrophobic surfaces and their applications for homogeneous spot deposition

Van Duong, T., Dunn, A., Wasley, T. J., Li, J., Kay, R. W., Stringer, J., Smith, P. J., Esenturk, E., Connaughton, C. & Shephard, J. D. 1 Mar 2016 In : Applied Surface Science. 365, p. 153-159 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Contact angle

Hybrid additive manufacturing of 3D electronic systems

Li, J., Wasley, T. J., Nguyen, T. T., Van Duong, T., Shephard, J. D., Stringer, J., Smith, P., Esenturk, E., Connaughton, C. & Kay, R. Oct 2016 In : Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering. 26, 10, 105005

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3D printers
Tensile testing
Strength of materials

Silica hollow core microstructured fibers for beam delivery in industrial and medical applications

Shephard, J. D., Urich, A., Carter, R. M., Jaworski, P., Maier, R. R. J., Belardi, W., Yu, F., Wadsworth, W. J., Knight, J. C. & Hand, D. P. 10 Apr 2015 In : Frontiers in Physics.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Nanosecond laser textured superhydrophobic metallic surfaces and their chemical sensing applications

Dunn, A., Wasley, T. J., Kay, R. W., Stringer, J., Smith, P. J., Connaughton, C., Shephard, J. D. & Van Duong, T. 1 Dec 2015 In : Applied Surface Science. 357, Part A, p. 248-254 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Contact angle

Scanned Mask Imaging Solid State Laser Tool for Cost Effective Flip Chip – Chip Scale Package Manufacture

Myles, D. T. E., Ziyenge, M., Shephard, J. D. & Milne, D. Feb 2015 In : Journal of Laser Micro/Nanoengineering. 10, 1, p. 106-109

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Inkjet and laser hybrid processing for series interconnection of thin film photovoltaics

Crozier, M. L., Brunton, A., Henley, S. J., Shephard, J. D., Abbas, A., Bowers, J. W., Kaminski, P. M. & Walls, J. M. 1 Nov 2014 In : Materials Research Innovations. 18, 7, p. 509-514

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

yttrium-aluminum garnet

Delivery of high energy Er:YAG pulsed laser light at 2.94µm through a silica hollow core photonic crystal fibre

Urich, A., Maier, R. R. J., Mangan, B. J., Renshaw, S., Knight, J. C., Hand, D. P. & Shephard, J. D. 12 Mar 2012 In : Optics Express. 20, 6, p. 6677-6684 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Optics and Photonics
Solid-State Lasers
Silicon Dioxide
Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures

Single-mode mid-IR guidance in a hollow-core photonic crystal fiber

Shephard, J. D., MacPherson, W. N., Maier, R. R. J., Jones, J. D. C., Hand, D. P., Mohebbi, M., George, A. K., Roberts, P. J. & Knight, J. C. 5 Sep 2005 In : Optics Express. 13, 18, p. 7139-7144 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Photonic crystal fibers
Energy gap

Delivery of high energy light through pbg fiber for laser machining

Shephard, J. D., Mangan, B. J., Jones, J. D. C., Bouwmans, G., Russell, P. S. J., Knight, J. C. & Hand, D. P. 2004 ICALEO 2004 - 23rd International Congress on Applications of Laser and Electro-Optics, Congress Proceedings.

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Selected Activities 2012 2017

  • 1 Membership of committee
  • 1 Membership of Advisory Panel
  • 1 Invited talk
  • 1 Oral presentation