Dr. Mark Hughes

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

 Newton - Room 164

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Current positions



Before my undergraduate degree I worked as an accounts clerk in the Office for National Statistics, I then obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Warwick in 2002. I received my PhD in optoelectronics in 2007 from the Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton; here, my research focused on transition metal doping of, and femtosecond laser writing of waveguides in, chalcogenide glasses. After my PhD I took a post-doc position in Japan at Toyota Technological Institute, where my research focused on bismuth and nickel doped oxide glasses and glass-ceramics, and waveguide writing in oxide glasses. After this I moved to Nagoya University, where I worked on carbon nanotube based optical devices. In 2011, I moved to the Advanced Technology Institute, University of Surrey, where worked on material characterisation and device fabrication of ion implanted glass thin films, which was published in Nature Comms. I also worked on donor impurities in silicon for quantum technologies and modelling of rare-earths, which was published Advanced Functional Materials. In 2015 I was offered a Lectureship at the University of Salford where I am module coordinator for electricity and electronics and 2nd year labs, I also teach 2nd year properties of matter and final year MPhys practical labs.

Areas of research

Quantum technologies, Chalcogenides, Non-volatile memory, Ion implantation, Rare earths


Fundamentals of Physics C and 2nd year labs, I also teach 2nd year properties of matter and final year MPhys practical labs.

Research Interests

I lead a diverse set of multi-disciplinary research projects spanning chemistry, physics and electronic engineering. My primary research interest is the development of material systems for quantum computation and communication, I have partners including the University of Surrey, UCL, QMUL, NPL, and Daresbury Laboratory, with whom I have made the first coherence measurement of an implanted rare earth and the first demonstration of coupling between erbium in silicon and a superconducting resonator. I have also developed universal memory devices that could act as both storage and RAM, and may be able to rival Intel’s latest Optane memory technology.

I have developed very high performance carbon nanotube electronic and optical devices. Other projects include modelling of energy level structures, glass fabrication and characterisation for communications systems, bismuth doped glass based electronics for optical computers.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Mar 2017
  • Member of the Institute of Physics
  • Japanese Language Proficiency Test level 4, Feb 2010