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Nano-photonics and nano-electronics to support national frontier technologies

The Electron Science Research Institute (ESRI) carries out fundamental and applied research in microelectronics and photonics.

The Institute ventures into related areas of nano-technology to develop novel integrated intelligent structures for applications in the ICT, health, agri-bio, security, sensing, defence and environment sectors.

The Institute’s environment creates a dynamic frontier for postgraduate research and provides access to state-of-the-art facilities, attracting industry and government to engage in research projects.

Project aims

The sub-project, led by ESRI’s Professor Kamal Alameh, aims to:

  • increase ECU's capabilities in the frontier technologies of nano-photonics and nano-electronics, through which higher-performance low-power hybrid nano-devices can be developed for future ICT systems and other applications, such as medicine, biotechnology, sensing, solar cells and displays; and
  • create a leading national research collaboration and regional hub for the design, fabrication and integration of hybrid (photonic and electronic) nano-devices and fibre-wireless solutions for projects of national importance, such as the Square Kilometre Array and the National Broadband Network.

Project partners

The partners within this sub-project are:

  • Professor Thas Ampalavanapilla Nirmalathas from the University of Melbourne; and
  • Dr Said Al-Sarawi from the University of Adelaide

Future aims

The future aims of this CRN sub-project are to:

  • maintain close collaboration with the current partners for increasing the number of high-impact publications and category 1 grant applications;
  • apply for a large-scale nano-related research project such as Centre of Excellence and Co-operative Research Centre (CRC); and
  • attract industry projects that can benefit from the multidisciplinary cluster of experts in photonics, electronics and materials as well as the developed capabilities in micro and nano design and fabrication established through the CRN project.


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