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Dr David Smith
Associate Dean (SE) / Reader


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 currently work in the Sensors and Instrumentation Research Group carrying out radiation testing and characterisation of solid-state imaging and spectroscopy sensors and developing new dosimetry techniques for space and terrestrial applications. I have been involved with undergraduate and postgraduate teaching throughout my time at Brunel and I have developed and taught courses on different aspects of physics, sensors and instrumentation, computer programming and analogue electronics.


  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • PhD entitled “Radiation Damage in Charge Coupled Devices”, University of Leicester
  • MPhys Physics with Space Science and Systems, University of Kent


  • CEDPS Associate Dean (Student Experience)
  • CEDPS Research Ethics Committee EEE Departmental Representative
  • Radiation Protection Supervisor
  • Chair of University Ionising Radiation & Laser Controlling Authority (IRLCA)

Newest selected publications

Nadeera Hemamali, GM., Smith, D., Hobson, P., Fern, G. and Ireland, T. (2022) 'Europium doped Gd2O3 and GdBO3 scintillators for thermal neutron detection'. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors, and Associated Equipment, 1048. pp. 1 - 5. ISSN: 0168-9002 Open Access Link

Journal article

Hemamali G. M., N., Smith, D. and Hobson, P. (2022) 'Determination of energy resolution for YSO:Ce detector modeled with FLUKA code'.2022 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference. Milano, Italy. [unpublished]

Conference paper

Hemamali G. M., N., Smith, D., Hobson, P. and Ireland, T. (2022) 'Gadolinium Based Scintillators for Thermal Neutron Detection'.International Conference on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources: Accomplishments and Future Endeavours. Vienna. [unpublished]

Conference paper

Fern, G., Khan, A., Worsley, M., Buchan, O., Kumaraverl, M., Ireland, T., et al. (2021) 'Electroluminescence of Metal Free Quantum Dots'.The 28th International Display Workshops. Virtual. 1 - 3 December. Proceedings of the 28th International Display Workshops. pp. 836 - 838. ISSN: 1883-2490 Open Access Link

Conference paper

Hobson, P. and Smith, D. (2020) 'A portable test-bench for real-time radiation damage measurements in scintillating and wavelength-shifting fibres'.IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium. Manchester, UK. 9 - 2 November. IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record.Open Access Link

Conference paper
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