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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

Hemamali G. M, N., 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. ISSN: 0168-9002

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 [unpublished]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 [unpublished]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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