Ioan Notingher


EPSRC Fellow, FInstP

School of Physics and Astronomy

University of Nottingham

Tel: +44 115 9515171



Nottingham Nanoscience Group

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Ioan graduated from Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca (Romania) in 1998, with a BSc (1st class) in Physics. As an undergraduate student, he worked with Professor Mihai Chirtoc at the National Institute for Research and Development of Isotopic and Molecular Technologies on photothermal and photoacoustic spectroscopy. He started his PhD in 1998 at London South Bank University with Professor Bob Imhof (Photophysics Research Group). During his PhD, he developed a new technique for non-contact non-invasive spectral measurements of materials (title “New instruments for thermal emission decay : Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and applications”). He was awarded the PhD degree in 2001 and moved to Imperial College London as a postdoctoral researcher. He worked with Professor Larry Hench and Professor Dame Julia Polack on developing optical techniques, mainly based on Raman micro-spectroscopy, for label-free characterisation of live cells and tissue engineering constructs. Here, he was co-founder of Nova-Thera, a spin out company exploiting the IP in biophotonics and biomaterials within the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Group. In 2004 he moved to Edinburgh University (Dr Alistair Elfick’s group) where he worked on near-field optics and spectroscopy.


In 2006, Ioan joined as a lecturer the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Nottingham, Nanoscience Group. Here, he has established the Biophotonics Group, an interdisciplinary research group  working at the Physical and Life sciences interface. He has developed many collaborations with academics, clinicians and industry. He has published more than 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and presented more than 40 plenary/keynote and invited lectures at national and international scientific conferences. He was awarded an EPSRC Established Career Fellowship in 2014. He has been elected a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, and is member of the Optical Society of America, SPIE, Society for Applied Spectroscopy and the International Society for Clinical Spectroscopy. He is a committee member of the IOP Optical Group and steering committee on Biophotonics of EPIC (European Photonics Insdustry Consortium). He is an Associate Editor of the OSA Biomedical Optics Express and past Associate Editor of the Journal of Biological Engineering and the Eurpean Physical Journal - Techniques and Instrumentation. Ioan also is a member of the management board of the EPSRC Network+ Image-Guided Therapies

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Associate Editor

Biomedical Optics Express