The Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship

The Royal Academy of Engineering

The Royal Academy of Engineering has announced the seven engineering researchers who are to receive five years’ funding in the 2016 round of the Academy’s Research Fellowships scheme.

Dr. Maria Chernysheva, of the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT), has received £500,000 from the Royal Academy of Engineering to support a 60-month  Engineering for Development Research Fellowship with a project entitled “Novel mid-infrared ultrafast fibre lasers for molecular vibrational sensing technologies”. The project combines the key areas of research on ultrafast pulse light sources, nonlinear techniques, dispersion-management technologies and spectroscopy.

Mid-infrared vibrational absorption bands are characteristic signatures of all bio-molecules, associated with chemical bonds in a tissue sample. Therefore, vibration spectroscopy is a promising technology for non-invasive assessment of the structure and biochemical content. The proposed project introduces Mid-IR hyperspectral fibre laser sensor technology as an elegant, innovative approach with direct, highly-sensitive and simple diagnostics procedures, focusing on medical applications, where a direct visualisation of the investigated object is required. Being funded through Global Challenges Research Fund with additional £100,000, the project will meet the developing countries’ medical challenges by offering new cost- effective diagnostic technologies and design tools for highly sensitive, in-vivo label-free imaging of diseased and healthy tissues.

The Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowships are designed to promote excellence in engineering and provide support for high-quality engineers and encourage them to develop successful academic research careers. The funding, awarded to researchers who have demonstrated excellence in the early stages of their academic careers, provides the engineers with freedom to concentrate on their research by reducing their teaching and administrative duties. The Fellowship scheme is extremely competitive, with 7 Fellowships awarded annually. Other awarded researchers are from the most prestigious universities within the UK: Heriot-Watt University, University College London, University of Oxford, University of Oxford, University of Edinburgh.

Dr. Maria Chernysheva joined AIPT in 2015 and currently holds prestigious Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship.