Dr Jon Willmott

EEE Staff Dr Jon Willmott

Contact Details


Tel: +44 (0)114 22 25436

ORCID: 0000-0002-4242-1204


  • PhD, University of Southampton 2003
  • MPhys, University of Southampton 1999

Research Activities

Optoelectronic and Optomechanical Instrumentation Including:

  • Thermal Imaging Metrology
  • Temperature Science
  • Emissivity and Optical Properties of Materials
  • Applications of Thermometry to Manufacturing
  • Aerosol Printed Electronics
  • Liquid Crystals


  • EEE Department ‘Impact Champion’
  • EPSRC Research Fellow (Manufacturing the Future)

My Sensor Systems Research Group is part of the University’s Advanced Detector Centre (http://sheffieldadc.com). Within the ADC we are able to grow novel semiconductor detectors and use them as the sensing element for novel thermal imaging and other optoelectronic devices.

I received my masters and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of Southampton in 1999 and 2003 respectively. After two years as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Liquid Crystal research at the University of Cambridge I moved to the company Land Instruments International (now part of AMETEK Inc.) In industry, I designed thermal imaging cameras, radiation thermometers and other ‘non-contact’ scientific instruments. In addition to optical, mechanical and electronic design skills, I also developed a fundamental understanding of temperature measurement science (metrology).

Following more than a decade in industry, I moved to the University of Sheffield in 2015 with an EPSRC Established Career Fellowship. My group’s aim is to push forward temperature measurement science and imaging, particularly within manufacturing. However, we are interested in all areas of scientific instrumentation and optical imaging. Our research philosophy is that if we can design and build novel instruments then we can enable new scientific measurements to be made that have not been possible before. In this way, we have undertaken new research in fields as diverse as medical imaging, volcanology and additive manufacturing.