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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology



I am a physicist and obtained my diploma working on an optical calibration system for a particle detector of a heavy ion experiement at CERN. I then moved into optoelectronics gaining a PhD from the University of Southampton, where my research was on fibre optic sensors and lasers. Following on from my PhD I used my expertise in fibre optics and telecommunication to develop liquid crystal devices for telecommunication applications.

I joined the Deaprtment of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology in 2012 as Programme Manager of CamBridgeSens, the Strategic Network for sensor research at the University of Cambridge. This network connects researchers and academics from about 20 departments across the university and facilitates interactions with industry. Since October 2014 this network is complemented by the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sensor Technologies and Applications for which I was Programme Manager and Teaching Fellow until April 2019.

In addition to my role at CamBridgeSens I am Teaching Officer at the Institute of Continuing Education where I develop courses for adult learners across engineering and technology.


Key publications: 

J.D. Manton et al., "Development of an open technology sensor suite for assisted living: a student-led research project", Interface Focus 6 (2016)

O. Hadeler, M. Pivnenko, M.J. Coles and H.J. Coles, "Electro-optic Telecommunication Devices at 1550 nm Employing Electroclinic and Ferroelectric Switching of an Organosiloxane Liquid Crystal", Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst. 433 pp. 259-266 (2005)

O. Hadeler, E. Ronnekleiv, M. Ibsen and R.I. Laming, "Polarimetric distributed feedback fiber laser sensor for simultaneous strain and temperature measurements", Appl. Opt. 38, pp. 1953-1958 (1999)

Programme Manager of CamBridgeSens
Doctor Oliver  Hadeler

Contact Details

Office phone: 
01223 (3)34788


Person keywords: 
Applied Optics
Chemical Sensing
Wearable technology