Prior to working in communications, Dean studied as an academic physicist. His field of study spanned material science and high pressure physics. This included research into a field of semiconductor materials to provide greater digital storage and LED lighting capabilities. At the time of the research (1998-2001) the feasibility of technologies from DVD and then blu-ray to tablet and LED screens were still unknown. These were predicted as opportunities in his Thesis introduction in 2001.
Paragraphs taken from Thesis introduction: “The possibilities open within society for the use of high intensity LED’s (which are highly reliable coupled with a low energy consumption) encompassing a wide range of available colours is limitless. Such a range of products would have the possibility of replacing the conventional light bulb, and fluorescent lamps along with the present technology behind big screen televisions etc…
The need for an efficient and bright blue LED is in keeping with the rapid movement of an efficient society…also from an economical, and environmental stance .
The ongoing research into highly efficient blue semiconducting material is both essential and worthy as a valid area of research. This is especially so when one considers the effect it will eventually have (and already has had ) on society as a whole.“
This included working regularly at a variety of synchrotrons across the world. Including the Daresbury Synchrotron Radiation Source (UK), Advanced Photon Source (US) and Berliner Elektronenspeicherring-Gesellschaft für Synchrotronstrahlung – BESSY (Germany).
This also led to co-authoring several scientific papers on my research including co-developing the innovative ‘Hi-Prexx’ facility which allowed in-situ high pressure studies using EXAFS, X-Ray Diffraction, Photoluminescence studies.
A draft of my MPhil thesis ‘Preparation and Characterisation of Gallium Nitride and other Group III Nitrides’ is available below.