Academic Profile : Faculty

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Asst Prof Matthew Foreman
Assistant Professor, School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Dr. Matthew R. Foreman is currently an Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore working jointly in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the Institute for Digital Molecular Analytics and Science.

Having graduated from Oxford University, where he was a member of Trinity College, in 2006 with a MPhys degree, he moved to the Photonics group at Imperial College London. Under the supervision of Prof. Peter Török, Matthew successfully completed his PhD entitled "Informational limits in optical polarimetry and vectorial imaging" in 2010, whereupon he was awarded an EPSRC PhD Plus fellowship for the continuation of his work on single molecule polarisation microscopy. In 2010 Matthew was further awarded a visiting lectureship at the National Yang Ming University in Taiwan, working within the Modern Optics Laboratory.

After working on the European Union funded SURPASS project, Matthew secured an EPSRC Knowledge Transfer Secondment fellowship, whereupon he was based at the UK National Physical Laboratory within the Engineering Measurement Department, where his work focused on calibration and correction of optical instruments in surface metrology. From 2012 until late 2016 Matthew held positions in the Theory section of the Optics and Information Division (headed by Prof. Gerd Leuchs and Dr. Andrea Aiello) and the Nanophotonics and Biosening Laboratory (run by Dr. Frank Vollmer) at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen, Germany. His work focused on various aspects of whispering gallery mode resonators for biosensing and nonlinear optical applications. During this time he was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship for his work on hybrid plasmonic-photonic whispering gallery mode sensors. Matthew also held a visiting academic position at Imperial College London from 2012 to 2016, through which he conducted collaborative work on optical polarimetry and Brillouin microscopy.

During the period spanning 2016 to early 2023, Matthew held a Royal Society University Research Fellowship based at Imperial College London, UK where he founded the Optical Theory Group. His work focused on plasmonic sensing using randomly nanostructured substrates and modelling propagation of polarised light through randomly scattering media with a view to performing polarisation imaging.

Dr Foreman currently sits on the Editorial Board of the Sensing and Imaging section of “Sensors” (since 2021) and is an Associate Editor for “Optics Express” (since 2017). He was appointed Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Authority in 2017 and then subsequently a Full Fellow in 2019. He has been a full member of the Institute of Physics since 2013.
Random optical scattering, single molecule sensing, physical sensors, nanoplasmonics, microresonators, polarisation microscopy and information in optics.
  • High-performance computational modelling of electromagnetic sources in random scattering media
  • IDMxS PI Account - Matthew Foreman
  • Novel surface modes in optically anisotropic whispering gallery resonators
  • Random photonic and plasmonic waveguide networks for single molecule sensing: a feasibility study
Fellowships & Other Recognition
2023 to present - Topical Editor - Optics Letters
2021 to present - Sensing and Imaging Section Editor - MDPI Sensors
2017 to 2023 - Associate Editor - Optics Express
2019 - Fellow of the Higher Education Authority, UK
2017 - Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Authority, UK
2013 - Member of the Institute of Physics, UK
Supervision of PhD Students
Niall Byrnes (2023) - Random matrix modelling of polarised light scattering in disordered media.

Joel Berk (2021) - Random scattering of surface plasmons for sensing and tracking.

Kai Ling Seow (2020) - Single pixel polarimetric imaging through scattering media.