Kamal Alameh

Professor Kamal Alameh

Director, Electron Science Research Institute at ECU

"World-class cutting-edge multidisciplinary research."



My career at ECU has been focused on undertaking research activities across key disciplines that allow active engagement with the community and industry partners, enable high-impact publications, and ensure that ECU is well-positioned to progress faster to the next level.

With support from ECU, we have created a world-class research infrastructure and state-of-the-art 256sqm clean-room facility for micro/nano fabrication and characterisation, as well as photonic and electronic laboratories.

I have had the great fortune to be an active member of the Australian Photonics CRC at the University of Sydney from 1992 to 2001, and then join ECU in 2002. I moved to the Electron Science Research Institute (ESRI) in 2003 to pioneer the integration of microelectronics and photonics. ESRI's mission is to facilitate and promote high-quality, industry-driven, research in photonics, electronics and materials science to develop solutions for applications in the ICT, health, agri-bio, green energy, environmental sensing, security and defence sectors.

ESRI brings together researchers, postgraduate students and national and international collaborators to find practical solutions to issues faced by industry, based on emerging technologies. Over the last 12 years, and through continued support for ESRI from ECU and external R&D grants, I have managed to establish a stimulating and challenging research environment with truly multidisciplinary strengths. This has produced breakthrough concepts to allow revolutionary progress in electronics, photonics and materials science research.

ESRI’s projects and facilities have been undergoing rapid expansion since moving to a brand new, purpose-built $50 million building in 2011.

Several ESRI research projects place the Institute among the world’s best and see our researchers working with industry and government partners.

These include:

  • Energy harvesting clear glass for building-integrated photovoltaics applications and self-sustainable glasshouse horticulture;
  • Optoelectronics-based plant identification and weed detection sensors for precision agriculture; and
  • Nano-engineered high-performance magneto-optic materials for ultra-high-speed optical switching, molecular sensing and digital forensics.

ESRI is amongst the largest and most successful optoelectronics, photonic- and materials science-related research institutes in Western Australia.

Other R&D projects that are currently being undertaken by ESRI include:

  • High-speed bidirectional optical interconnects for board-to-board communications (funded by CRN grant);
  • Remote catheter tip positioning system for RF-based atrial fibrillation operations (industry funded);
  • Multi-function fibre-optic catheter for laser-based atrial fibrillation ablation (industry funded);
  • Lab-On-a-Chip for Circulating Tumor Cell filtering (CRN grant); and
  • Miniaturised pH sensor for chemical and biomedical applications (CRN grant).

Our researchers have generated many high-impact publication outputs, including Nature Communications and Nature Scientific Reports articles, and our patented technologies have created the foundations for several start-up companies.

In 2007, ESRI was the recipient of the WA Inventor of The Year Award for 'High-speed chip-to-chip optical interconnects'.

Through participation via competitive grants and industry-funded R&D grants, ESRI has received a total research support in excess of $15M.

Since 2003, ESRI’s researchers have authored or co-authored 300+ technical articles in prestigious journals. Our researchers have been invited to present at leading key international conferences and workshops on more than 30 occasions and their research outputs have been the basis of more than 20 invited talks and five book chapters.

I invite you to explore our world-class R&D facilities and see first-hand our research projects. Discover how ECU’s support and encouragement have enabled research leaders to develop and capture opportunities for innovation and contribute to enhancing the university’s standing in research excellence.