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After completing his “Laurea” degree in Electronics Engineering, in Italy, Walter Belardi started his postgraduate studies at the Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton, in late 2000, under the supervision of Prof D. J. Richardson. He was awarded his PhD degree in 2004 for his thesis on “Holey optical fibers for high nonlinearity devices”. He carried on with his research interest on Microstructured Optical Fibers (MOFs) at the Université des Science et Technologies de Lille, in France, during a 2 years postdoctoral stay between 2004 and 2006. In July 2006 he moved to work in the private sector. After having occupied the post of research engineer in STMicroelectronics, one of the industrial worldwide leaders in the electronic industry, he became a scientific consultant in Osyris R&D, a spin-off company of the University of Lille. Among others, he was in charge, on behalf of this company, for research programmes related to the use of MOFs in the medical sector, that were supported by the French Agence National de Recherche (ANR) and by the European Commission (through the FP7 research project “Next Generation Photonic Crystal Fibres”). He eventually came back to Academia more than 6 years later, joining the Centre for Photonics and Photonic Materials, at the University of Bath, where his research activity was supported by the EPSRC project “New Fibers for new lasers: photonic crystal fibre optics for the delivery of high-power light” (EP/I011315/1). He finally re-joined the ORC in September 2014. His principal research contributions are in the design, fabrication and use of novel optical fibre technologies. In September 2014 he has a track-record of 20 journal publications, 5 postdeadline paper presentations in major world-wide conferences on optical fibre technology (CLEO, ECOC) and 2 patents. His most important personal achievements range from the first application of the spinning technique to MOF, the first inclusion of an elliptical hole within a MOF, the invention of a double air-clad fabrication approach for MOFs, to the most recent results on hollow core optical fibres. These include theoretical studies on their geometrical structure, the introduction of a radically novel design for low loss hollow core optical fibres and the first theoretical and experimental demonstration of low bending loss in hollow antiresonant fibers. More details about his research are on his blog: www.walterbelardi.com
Dr Walter Belardi is (or has formerly been) affiliated with Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton and University of Southampton.