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​​STFC Senior Fellow

Research Interests

Time-resolved and steady state vibrational spectroscopy (Raman and infrared). Noninvasive probing of turbid media using Raman spectroscopy (Kerr Gated, Spatially Offset (SORS) and Transmission (TRS)) for medical diagnosis (bone and cancer), aviation security and pharmaceutical applications. The development of novel ultrasensitive optical bio-sensors for medical diagnostics (SESORS).


PhD - Czech Technical University (Prague) & Rutherford Appleton Laboratory – Picosecond Time-Resolved Resonance Raman Spectroscopy of Reaction Intermediates

​Since 1991, Pavel has worked at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the area of nonlinear optics and vibrational spectroscopy. He proposed the use of Optical Parametric Chirped Pulse Amplification (OPCPA) for the generation of multi-petawatt peak powers, pioneered the concepts of Kerr-gated Raman and Spatially Offset Raman Spectroscopy (SORS) and introduced transmission Raman spectroscopy (TRS) into pharmaceutical analysis. Pavel has published over 180 peer reviewed articles, filed 10 patents and co-edited a book on Raman Spectroscopy (with Prof. Michael Morris, University of Michigan). Pavel is also a founding director of Cobalt Light Systems Ltd established to commercialise SORS and TRS technology.​​

Awards, Honors & E​steemed Positions

  • MacRobert Award 2014 (Royal Academy of Engineering)
  • Charles Mann Award 2009 (Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies)
  • Measurement in Action Award 2008 (Institution of Engineering and Technology)
  • Meggers Award 2006 (Society for Applied Spectroscopy)
  • Meggers Award 2002 (Society for Applied Spectroscopy)
  • Honorary Chair at University College London
  • Associate Member of Institute for the Conservation and Valorization of Cultural Heritage (ICVBC) at the National Research Council (CNR) in Italy
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Fellow of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy
  • STFC Senior Fellow
  • Director (CSO) of Cobalt Light Systems Ltd 
  • Associate Editor of Applied Spectroscopy
  • Editorial Advisory Board of Analyst
  • Editorial Advisory Board of Journal of Raman Spectroscopy 
  • Conference Program Chair – FACSS 2011 (Reno, NV, USA)
  • Conference Awards Chair – FACSS 2010 (Raleigh, NC, USA)