Robert Eason is the Associate Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, and a Professor of Optoelectronics in the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton. He received a B.Sc degree in Applied Physics in 1975 from University College London, and a D.Phil in Physics from the University of York in 1982.
He has worked in laser and optical technologies for almost 40 years, has supervised 38 PhD students to successful completion, has been the principal investigator on >20 EPSRC grants, securing more than £5M of research funding as PI, and >£25M as Co-I, and has given more than 40 invited talks.
His most recent research topic addresses laser-processed point-of-care diagnostic tests, and he has recently secured a 3-year EPSRC grant entitled Laser-based engineering of paper for manufacturing fluidic sensors: (Lab-flo), with a value of £750K (FEC). The project will produce point-of-care diagnostic sensors that allow detection of specific diseases and conditions as well as dramatically reducing detection limits, and will involve methodologies for fluid delay, multiplexing, and patterning of 3-D devices.