Tom Swift

Associate, Patent Scientist

Thomas is a Patent Scientist with a background spanning Physics, Optics, Nanomaterials and Photonic Integrated Circuits. He joined EIP from the University of Bristol where he was a Research Fellow in Physical Chemistry and his research focused on ultrafast optics and photon-counting experiments as well as nanomaterials and their applications in collaboration with industrial partners.

Thomas’s PhD was in Functional Nanomaterials at the University of Bristol, where he researched light harvesting in photosynthesis; the design, synthesis, and fabrication of nanomaterials; and the study of the physical and electronic structures of nanomaterials. Thomas’s work has been published in various academic journals and he has presented at national and international conferences.

Published articles

  • August 2020
    New Phytologist Trust, Photosynthesis and crop productivity are enhanced by glucose‐functionalized carbon dots (link)
  • November 2019
    Bio Rxiv, A simple method for spray-on gene editing in planta (link)
  • December 2018
    The Royal Society, Functional nanomaterials to augment photosynthesis: evidence and considerations for their responsible use in agricultural applications (link)
  • July 2018
    Nanoscale, Surface functionalisation significantly changes the physical and electronic properties of carbon nano-dots (link)


  • Physics
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Optics
  • Photonic Integrated Circuits
  • Nanomaterials
  • Photosynthesis
  • Medical Imaging

Education and qualifications


  • 2021
    Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property, Bournemouth University
  • 2014 — 2018
    PhD in Functional Nanomaterials, University of Bristol
  • 2011 — 2014
    BSc in Physics, University of Bristol

Career history

  • 2020 — present
    Associate, EIP
  • 2019 — 2020
    Academic Co-founder, Glaia
  • 2019 — 2020
    EPSRC Doctorial Prize Fellow, University of Bristol
  • 2018 — 2019
    Postdoctorial Research Associate, University of Bristol

Languages spoken

  • English