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I initially came to Brunel in 2004 as a research associate responsible for developing and testing imaging and spectroscopy detectors for use in space before being appointed as a lecturer in 2006. I work in the Sensors and Instrumentation group where I apply my detector and instrumentation knowledge to a variety of fields, including space research, medical research, particle physics and radiation dosimetry. I am involved with the teaching of a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules in the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences and I coordinate the Level 1 Multi-Disciplinary Project.


  • CEDPS Associate Dean (Student Experience)
  • CEDPS Research Ethics Committee ECE Departmental Representative
  • Radiation Protection Supervisor

Newest selected publications

Hobson, P. and Smith, D. (2019) 'A portable test-bench for real-time radiation damage measurements in scintillating and wavelength-shifting fibres'. [Poster] Exhibited at. 2019 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference 30 10 2019


Fern, G., Hobson, P., Metcalfe, A. and Smith, DR. (2019) 'Performance of four CVD diamond radiation sensors at high temperature'. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment. pp. 162486 - 162486. ISSN: 1872-9576 Open Access Link

Journal article

Suthakar, U., Magnoni, L., Smith, DR. and Khan, A. (2018) 'Optimised Lambda Architecture for monitoring scientific infrastructure'. IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems. pp. 1 - 1. ISSN: 1045-9219 Open Access Link

Journal article

Ribton, CN., del Pozo, S., Smith, DR. and Balachandran, W. (2017) 'Design of a plasma cathode electron gun using evolutionary optimisation'.4th International Electron Beam Welding Conference. Aachen, Germany. [unpublished]

Conference paper

del Pozo, S., Ribton, C. and Smith, DR. (2017) 'Investigation of RF and DC plasma electron sources for material processing applications'.18th IEEE International Vacuum Electronics Conference. London, UK.Open Access Link

Conference paper
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