David James Coathup

Post Doctorate Research Assistant
Wrexham Glyndwr University’s OpTIC Research Group

David works as a post doctorate research assistant at Wrexham Glyndwr University’s OpTIC Research Group. The groups aim is to unify the photonics research capability within Wales and to deliver expertise specifically in the development of optical imaging, materials deposition, and surface measurements. David’s role is to perform collaborative research in the processing and characterisation of optical thin films and vacuum deposition designs and techniques. David also sits on the Wrexham Glyndwr University research committee as a Post doctorate research assistant representative, where he works to promote and develop the research community with the university.

Prior to this, David worked for the Centre for Photonics Expertise, where he was part of a team forming a collaborative project between four leading Welsh universities offering light-based technology solutions to business across wales to accelerate business growth. These included projects helping companies across Wales develop there optical thin film processes, which have helped booster the Wale economy. Prior to this, he completed his PhD at Aston University, and his BEng and MSc at Bangor University, where he developed his passion and interest in optics, semiconductor, and thin film technology.

“My passion and interests have always been thin and nanotechnology, and the field of optics thin films will play a huge role in the challenges industry and society will face in achieving our net zero and sustainability goals. Developing the next generation of optical thin film devices requires collaboration between academia and industry and I have been working hard to bridge that gap as part of the Centre for Photonics Expertise, and it is my goal to push for further collaboration between these two. “