Brian Patton


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

My research interests lie in exploiting properties of diamond that allow it to sense electric and magnetic fields. By optically imaging sub-100nm particles of diamond, I hope to use them as sensors for detecting the fields generated by living cells, particularly neurons.

In order to take advantage of the small size of the nanodiamond, I also use superresolution techniques to increase the precision with which we can determine the location of the nanodiamond. As the particles are embedded in living tissue, it will also be necessary to use adaptive optics methods to correct for the optical aberrations introduced by the tissue and which, uncorrected, would degrade the quality of the imaging.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Dortmund


  • Physics,
  • Optics
  • Super-resolution microscopy
  • Diamond
  • Adaptive Optics
  • Neural Imaging

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Projects 2016 2022

Research Output 2002 2019

2 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Imaging techniques
Costs and Cost Analysis
Optical Imaging

Low-cost, open-access quantitative phase imaging of algal cells using the transport of intensity equation

Grant, S. D., Richford, K., Burdett, H. L., McKee, D. & Patton, B. R., 20 Dec 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Royal Society Open Science. 7

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
optical paths
Imaging techniques


Tom Gibson Memorial Award

Brian Patton (Recipient), 28 Sep 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Activities 2016 2019

Nanodiamonds for adaptive optics enhanced two photon excitation microscopy

Graeme Johnstone (Speaker), Brian Patton (Contributor), Gemma Sharon Cairns (Contributor)
9 Jul 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Superresolution microscopy and adaptive optics for deep tissue microscopy using nanodiamonds

Graeme Johnstone (Speaker), Brian Patton (Contributor), Gemma Sharon Cairns (Contributor)
2 Jul 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation