Professor Jonathan Huntley


  • Emeritus Professor of Applied Mechanics

Research groups and centres

  • MA Class 1 in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University (1983), PhD in physics at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge (1987).
  • Royal Society University Research Fellow, Cambridge (1989-1994).
  • Joined Loughborough University in 1994 as Reader in Mechanical Engineering, appointed Professor of Applied Mechanics in 1999.

Research Interests and Activities

  • Development and application of speckle metrology techniques for displacement and strain mapping
  • Development of higher dimensional phase unwrapping algorithms
  • Development of phase contrast Optical Coherence Tomography techniques for depth-resolved strain mapping within scattering media
  • Phase contrast MRI for flow mapping in the human body
  • Development and application of techniques (Positron Emission, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) to probe the internal dynamics of granular materials
  • Finite element modelling of rapid granular flows

External Activities

  • Editorial board membership: Optics and Lasers in Engineering, Journal of Holography and Speckle
  • Professional affiliation: Fellow of the Institute of Physics
  • International conferences: co-chair of Photomechanics 2006 (Clermont-Ferrand, France); Photomechanics 2008 (Loughborough, UK).
  • Advisory roles: Member of Royal Society panel responsible for allocation of University Research Fellowships in Engineering and Chemistry
  • Referee for Applied Optics, Optics Letters, Optical Engineering, Strain, Optics Communications, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Experimental Mechanics
  • Collaborative Research: development of phase contrast imaging techniques for MRI, with Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, and MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge.
  • Spinout activity: co-founder and Technical Director of Loughborough University spinout Phase Vision Ltd (


  • Paterson Medal and Prize 2005, Institute of Physics
  • Royal Society – Wolfson Merit award holder (2003-2008)
  • Rank prize for best UK PhD thesis in Optoelectronics awarded to one of my research students (Russell Coggrave) in 2002