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Electron Science Research Institute

The Electron Science Research Institute (ESRI) was established at Edith Cowan University in 2003. It has rapidly established a reputation for excellence in fundamental and applied research. The focus is on the integration of microelectronics and photonics and to venture into related areas of nanotechnology to develop novel integrated intelligent structures. The Institute provides Micro-/Nano-Photonic fabrication technology and services in the ICT, Health, Agri-bio, Security, Sensing, Defence and Environment sectors.

ESRI has previously won the WA Inventor of the Year Early Stage Category, for high-speed chip-to-chip optical interconnects which will enable next generation computers to improve their speed by 100 times in comparison to conventional PCs.

ESRI's provides a stimulating research environment with R&D capabilities in four key areas:

  • Nano-engineered system fabrication and characterisation
  • MicroPhotonic system design and development
  • Electronic Design and development
  • Integration of Micro/Nano systems.

ESRI's NanoPhotonic facility and its research program on magneto-optical materials has delivered novel products with applications in telecommunication switching, magnetically-controlled photonic integrated circuits, optical data processing and storage, and environmental sensors. The outstanding research track-record is built on extensive collaboration with national and international experts in electron science and the outstanding research infrastructure housed in ESRI. Among its 17 international and national research collaborators are Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology, Korea, Institute of Micro Technology, Russia; and Fudan and Shenzhen Universities, China. This is in addition to a wide range of industry partners.

ESRI's researchers have access to state-of-the-art MicroPhotonic facilities. Recently, a NanoPhotonic fabrication facility has been established at ESRI. This facility will enable the growth of layers of different materials as thin as several nanometers, to realize novel nano-engineered photonic crystal structures and custom engineered materials and devices. Through these collaborations and excellent facilities, new and exciting possibilities are available for research, student exchange and access to world-class fabrication facilities. Students in ESRI's postgraduate education program acquire hands-on experience via applied research and industry projects and their work is achieving international recognition through its publication in top-ranking optics journals.


Director, Professor Kamal Alameh
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5836

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