Thomas F. Krauss obtained a Dipl.-Ing. in Photographic Engineering (FH Koeln, Germany) in 1989 based on a diploma thesis conducted at IBM, Yorktown Heights, USA. Following a PhD in the area of semiconductor ring lasers at the University of Glasgow (1992), he initiated the field of semiconductor photonic crystals in the UK. He gained SERC (1993) and Royal Society (1995) Research Fellowships in support of this work and has since established a reputation worldwide, as evidenced by the large number of invited talks he presents at international level (10-15 such presentations per year) He is grant holder of several SFC, EPSRC, EU and industrially sponsored research projects, coordinated EU-FP5 "PICCO" and leads the current EU-FP6 "SPLASH", both studying fundamental and applied aspects of photonic crystals.
He collaborates strongly in Europe, especially through the EU-FP6 "epixnet" network and overseas, with the Australian CUDOS consortium. His 15-strong group operate the nanofabrication facility at St. Andrews, including electron beam and photolithography, wet and dry etching, thin film deposition as well as a characterisation suite for active and passive microphotonic devices. Prof Krauss was elected a Fellow of the IoP (2001) and the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2002).