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2016
  • Welcome to PANTHER funded PhD Student Mr. Tom Karpiscz visitor to UNSW for the new AORD project (Gang-Ding Peng, John Canning). 
  • 2016 ends with interesting observations on light interactions with matter which will be reported in 2017.
  • Congratulations to Md. A. Hossain for submitting his PhD thesis.
  • PhD candidate Md. A. Hossain and team wins at the 2016 Hitachi Social Innovation Awards - the Social Impact Prize for Smart Agriculture for "Healthy food from the farm to the kitchen: Smart Quality Assurance in a connected world". Journalists, investors and other interested parties can contact Prof. Canning directly. More
  • Prof. Canning has been elected to OSA Fellow. 
  • Smart sensing and smart devices using photonics gains traction as many groups join our pioneering work in Australia and Asia, accomplished by a new peak in Rolf Dobelli's "chauffeur" expertise.
  • Congrats to the Nobel prize winners Jean-Pierre Sauvage (France), Sir J. Fraser Stoddart (USA), and Bernard L. Feringa (Netherlands) in chemistry this year for their work on designing and synthesizing molecular machines. For those interested, please have a read of our recent paper proposing a novel approach of creating optically powered nanobots using charge transfer in molecules: More
  • Major breakthrough in making surface wave based sensing practical demonstrated by PhD student Han Chunyang using multi-excitation in optical waveguides with skew rays.
  • Congratulations to Arafat Hossain for winning an Endeavor Fellowship to continue work at iPL on smart device technologies in 2017.
  • Congratulations to PhD student Arafat Hossain for his recent report at the Australian Conference on Optical Fibre Technology using his novel smartphone optical fibre fluorimeter to characterise oils in the home, showing how photonics and smart devices can impact daily life of everyone today. The media are advised to contact Prof. Canning for more information.
  • Most downloaded article: Dec 2015 to May 2016 from Optics Letters: M. A. Hossain, J. Canning, K. Cook, A. Jamalipour, “Optical Fibre Smartphone Spectrometer”, Opt. Lett., 41 (10) 2237-2240, (2016). 
  • Visiting Professor A/Prof Matthieu Lancry works on unraveling the physics behind glass changes from both femtosecond near IR and UV lasers as activities between Universite de Paris Sud and iPL are consolidated. This follows three successful internships by Masters students Loic Chartier, Geoffrey Balle and Tristan Athanaze.
  • Visiting Prof. Martin Kristensen works on novel distributed feedback fibre lasers - new opportunities in novel lasers continue despite more than two decades since the original work on DFB fibre lasers carried out by both Prof. Kristensen and Prof. Canning.
  • 2016 was the 25th anniversary of the now-famous Bragg gratings, Photosensitivity and Poling Conference (BGPP), fittingly held in Sydney. An informal celebratory reception at its conclusion saw a culinary novelty for our international visitors, including eating the symbols of kangaroo and emu on our national emblem on pizza accompanied by a few local craft beers.
  • A new concept for enabling nanoscale or molecular robotics based on light induced molecular conformation and twisting for creating movement in arms was proposed by Prof. Canning and presented at the Nonlinear Photonics Meeting in Sydney. This was based on recent work demonstrating the presence of such movements in chemosensor dyes for metal ion detection. The proposal forms the only project capable of meeting true nanobot criteria in the project arm of the new Australian Institute for Nanoscience at the University of Sydney and has potential applications in medicine, chemical cleaning of the environment and much more, as well as generating a miniature robbie the robot for sci fi fans. It also represents an exciting new interdisciplinary project bringing together chemistry. robotics, physics and engineering.
  • Prof. John Canning joins as Director of Australian Sensors & Identification (AusSI) Systems Pty Ltd, a new startup developing smart device biomedical and other devices. Prof. Canning also mentored Founder, Dr, Sandra Ast, a former post-doctoral Fellow who has generated unique and independent intellectual property. For more information on the company and its vision, and potential opportunities for investors: www.aussisystems.com
  • MEDIA ARTICLE - J. Canning, "Smartphone Spectrometers and other Instrumentation", in SPIE Newsroom 2016; DOI: 10.1117/2.1201512.006220 More
  • Top down-loaded article from Optics Letters in December 2015 to May 2016: "Smartphone laser beam spatial profiler" More
  • Concept of smartphone photonics and photonics in smartphones pioneered by iPL gains broad acceptance as measured by copycat variants in grant applications. Technology currently focussed on expanding existing capabilities, recently reporting on agricultural benefits of portable smart sensing networks.
  •  First reported nanoscale measurements of laser induced dimensional changes in optical fibres using long period gratings and SEM. See paper by Liu et al.
  • Theory describing glass response to femtosecond laser irradiation confirmed and expanded t cover both normal and anomalous glassy regimes in detailed study between Universite de Paris Sud and iPL. See reported work by Lancry et al. More
  • iPL technology continues leading novel innovations in the energy sector. Self-assembly developed by iPL forms the backbone of a novel platform enhancing significantly hydrogen formation, demonstrating the potential of nanoscale mesoporous structures in creating practical hydrogen storage and catalysis sources in a joint study between Japan, Korea and Australia - see the report on the work by Yamada et al. More

2015

  • iPL becomes key Research Group Member of the University of New South Wales-led Sensors initiative within the Pacific Atlantic Network for Technical Higher Education and Research (PANTHER), a European Commission Erasmus Mundus Program led by Warsaw University of Technology and involved key strategic partners in Europe [Warsaw University of Technology & Polish Chamber of Commerce (Poland), Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary); Dublin Institute of Technology (Eire), Ecole Centrale de Nantes (France), University of Basque Country (Spain)] Australia [Griffith University, University of NSW] and New Zealand (Auckland University of Technology). 

    The PANTHER consortium will focus its exchange research activities on the thematic areas:

    - Aeronautics and astronautics - Power, renewable energy and new energy sources - Sensing Technologies - Automation and control systems

In relation with the EMA2-STRAND 2 program, the main goal of the PANTHER project promoted by Warsaw University of Technology, one of the European leading HEIs in international development, is to strengthen and confirm the excellence and complementarity of research, scientific education, innovation and technology transfer of EU, Australia and New Zealand.

This is one of the most important European-Australia-New Zealand collaborative initiatives in recent times.

  • MEDIA ARTICLE - Australian Optical Society News: J. Canning, "Smartphone spectroscopy: the beginnings of the IoT-compatible, ubiquitous lab-in-a-phone network" Vol. 29 (3), pp32-35 (Oct 2015)
  • Nature Photonics News reports on the smartphone laser beam profiler...More
  • At the end of 2015, iPL retains the School of Chemistry's top most accessed and widely read publications on ResarchGate for 12 months consecutively - given the outstanding level of some of the colleagues in the School this is an incredible achievement and a tribute to the team!
  • iPL wins, together with colleagues at the National Fibre Facility (NFF) at UNSW and in Physics at Sydney, Best Paper Award, sponsored by Luster LightTech from China, after Prof. Canning's presentation on 3D printing of optical fibre preforms at the Asia Communications and Photonics Conference in Hong Kong this year. The event is now the largest photonics and communications conference in the region. Prof. Canning also presented an invited talk on annealing in optical fibres pointing out how even low temperature annealing can lead to measurable nano-scale changes inside optical fibres and the impact that has on grating spectra.
  • Prof. Canning wins the Edmund Optics Bronze Award for Optics in Education, after developing innovative new teaching of spectroscopy for undergraduates through research using smartphone spectrometers. More:  http://www.imveurope.com/news/news_story.php?news_id=1710 ; http://spie.org/x116000.xmlhttp://www.photonics.com/m/Article.aspx?PID=2&AID=57830; http://www.edmundoptics.com/company/press-releases/press-article.cfm?id=480
  • Congratulations to all the student prize winners at this year's OFS-24 in Curitiba Brazil this year - well done. It is pleasing to see one of our former interns, Yanzhen Tan, now at the Hong Kong Polytechnic, has won the SPIE best student presentation for her paper "All-fiber photoacoustic gas sensor with graphene nano-mechanical resonator as the acoustic detector".
  • iPL hosts visit by the President of Micron Optics, United States as part of the ongoing collaboration developing optical sensing courses for Australian students using equipment provided by Micron Optics.
  • The National Fibre Facility at UNSW continues to make breakthroughs in improving the performance of broadband emitting optical fibre sensitized with rare earths and defect centres associated with Bismuth  and germanium. The NFF remains Australia's leading optical fibre manufacturing research centre and is one of the key infrastructure of national priority. 
  • In a collaboration with Prof. Kalli at Cyprus University, we are establishing the boundaries fro controlled initiation of complexity and complex oscillatory reaction processes, first reported by Sorensen et al, in optical fibres with the first stage of work to be reported at OFS this year. Already the implications for photosensitivity and interactions are proving enlightening and offer new directions that have not yet been exploited. These add to the new, and somewhat remarkable, information provided by detailed studies with long period gratings.
  • We also welcome visiting intern Angelo Garuzzo who is completed his Masters at UTS undertaking theoretical modelling of surfaces waves on nanoparticle surfaces. He'll be exploring novel manipulation of surface waves for high sensitivity instrumentation.
  • We welcome back Matthew Rahme who is undertaking a joint talented students program (TSP) project with iPL and the School of Physics after volunteering his efforts in helping to expand our new 3D printing optical fibre capabilities. Joining him on the Brazilian Science Without Borders program is Mr. Marcos Filho. As part of the Science Without Borders program, iPL along with UTFPR in Brazil are preparing a comprehensive treatise on fibre Bragg gratings building on our pioneering work and recent applications of FBG technology.
  • Victor Apke has just begun a PhD looking to delve deeper in the self-assembly breakthroughs we have recently reported. He has already made a significant observation on the nature of nanoparticle packing which he is presently exploring in depth. Complementing this work is visiting intern is Lukas from Duseldorf Unniversity - he has extensive expertise in nanoparticle self assembly and is exploring ways of tuning structures with temperature.
  • We welcome Honorary member Dr. Whayne Padden who has been lending his expertise in developing a novel characterization method for studying interfaces we are currently writing up.
  • Smartphone detection of Zn and Cu ions, two ions of significance for biomedical detection and environmental diagnostics, has been demonstrated using the dual absorption and fluorescence spectrometer and a novel approach to selective detection based on their optical diode properties proposed. The work represents ongoing collaboration in applied chemical sensing within the School of Chemistry and the School of Electrical and Information Engineering at Sydney. A provisional patent on the smartphone multi-spectrometer and its application in a variety of areas such as biomedical diagnostics has been filed and is available for licensing. 
  • In a significant fibre manufacturing milestone, iPL in a cross-disciplinary collaboration between the School of Chemistry and Physics at Sydney and the National Fibre Facility at UNSW, has fabricated the first structured optical fibre from a 3D printed preform. It was a tremendous opportunity and experience for visiting French intern, Mr. Eduourd Comatti, from Universite de Paris Sud, who played an integral role in making this work happen. The internship continues to consolidate a strong University of Sydney and Universite de Paris Sud collaboration between Prof. Canning and A/Prof. Matthieu Lancry, centred around femtosecond laser processing and glass photosensitivity, that has been ongoing for many years. Demonstrated in polymer, it points the way to a future where all optical fibre preforms will be 3D printed - glass 3D printers are now starting to come on line. See the press reports here: 3dprinting.com , http://pro3dcomposites.com/3d-printing-fiber-optic-cables/ . You can access the journal article here: OSA. The work has been provisionally patented and is available for licencing and investment.
  • As part of the ongoing European FP7 program on femtosecond laser processing and in conjunction with an ARC funded visit, Prof. Matthieu Lancry from the Universite de Paris Sud, France is currently visiting iPL undertaking in-depth material and physical chemistry studies on photo-sensitivity, regeneration, glass relaxation and femtosecond laser processing. A team of students from France will visit in the coming weeks and Dr. Kevin Cook will in exchange spend a few weeks undertaking advanced studies. The work continues to lead to new understanding of laser processing in glass, glass properties including composite systems, and properly unifying changes across disciplines. Utilizing the resources of the new core facility for vibrational spectroscopy collocated with iPL in the Madsen Building, significant structural changes occurring on nanoscale dimensions have been measured.  This understanding has benefited form practical device demonstrations including record birefringence wave plates made up of nano structures formed by plasma and photon interactions at the molecular level.
  • The work on lab-in-a-phone technologies, adding to our pioneering work in lab-in-a-fibre and lab-in-a-microfibre, has been published in Optics Letters. This work is protected and interested parties should contact Prof. Canning. The use of 3D printing in enabling multiple functionality was picked up by 3dprintingindustry.com and noted on many sites such as http://www.notey.com/blogs/3d-printing.
  • The smartphone instrument is being explored in the study of water contamination by students Aki Flame, Christina Xia, Kevin Jia and Omar Hassan mentored by senior student Paul Thomas as part of the Faculty Talented Students Program. The theme of this year's TSP program is light based in celebration of the UN dictated "Year of Light".
  • Student Matthew Rahme is exploring the integration of rare earths into polymers as part of a new technology we are working on. Wait for the results - they will be exciting.
  • The National Fibre Facility, Australia's leading silica fibre fabrication facility, at UNSW continues to undertake leading work in the development of optical fibres doped with complex transition metals such as Bismuth. A preliminary study of how aluminium impacts the spectroscopy of Bismuth has been accepted to in Opt. Materials Express.
  • Mr. Brandon Liu has returned back to China after a successful 8 months as a visiting PhD student at iPL funded by CSC. During his stay here Brandon contributed to significant breakthroughs helping to further explain the role of annealing in glass changes and herald the novel approach to understanding fundamental glass science with composite systems, of which the optical fire is an ideal example. He has further consolidated breakthroughs in the new field of glass nanomilling pioneered at iPL where laser patterning can be used to control glass milling on unprecedented scales. The importance of fundamental understanding of these systems was crucial and continues to build on our leading work on photo-sensitivity as well as improving the understanding of how fibres work.
  • iPL helps Year 10 High School students at Presbyterian Ladies College (PLC), Sydney design interesting Science Research Projects for their school.
  • Congratulations to Ms Chengyan Zhan, a visiting Nanjing University student at iPL last year on a joint School of Chemistry partnership between Sydney and Nanjing Universities, who has been accepted into the prestigious chemistry PhD program at Cornell University in the United States. Her work and her experience at iPL contributed strongly to her success.
  • Our summer intern, Ms Jing (Jane) Qing, has returned to the Australian National University to complete her studies. She was involved in ground breaking work extending surface plasmon characterization to help develop SPR as a practical tool for real chemical measurements, work which has been submitted for publication. She is clearly an exceptional student and we were all very impressed with her level of undergraduate training and critical thinking received from ANU. She is one to look out for.
  • Congratulations to Jayantha and colleagues for their special issue on Structural Health Monitoring:  

    Jayantha  Epaarachchi, Alan KT Lau, Jinsong Leng, John Canning, Priyan Mendis (Guest Editors), SAGE, Special Issue on Nano Technology and Smart Sensors for Structural Health Monitoring, Volume 14, Number 2, March 2015.

    http://shm.sagepub.com/content/current

A message from the Director: 


2015 follows an awesome 2014 where some incredible achievements were reported with limited budgets - we have in fact earned the reputation as the best value per taxpayer dollar for research! Certainly the most original work for that dollar! Indeed, we have been leading the way in nano related research as USyd seeks to establish an Australian Institute of Nanoscience and demonstrating the value of high quality collaborations with our colleagues across physical and organic chemistry. Still competitive demands for funding are increasing as the university focuses funds and distinguishes between the staff in a bid to specialize and concentrate resources.


iPL always can do with much more funding and we look forward to greater philanthropy coming our way - we encourage you to consider donating. When doing so it is important to insist that any of your donations come directly to us - these donations help keep our staff employed to explore new opportunities no-one else is going to take so its important for them, The University of Sydney and Australia (and indeed our International collaborators) that they do reach us. 


2015 is the Year of Light and as such iPL continues to lead the way in novel breakthroughs - our work on developing smartphone powered spectrometers opens up for the first time lab-in-a-phone technology that can be used anywhere. No external power sources are required - looking into the future imagine crises such as the Ebola scares in Africa being diagnosed more accurately and mapped in real time to show the spread of the disease and where to target first. Such technology could have slowed down the spread in its infancy. And its ideal for environmental monitoring of pollutants - as we demonstrated in mapping water quality in one paper. The researchers involved with this work have lodged a provisional patent and are looking for your support in covering the coming costs for international protection to ensure that his technology can be developed locally. We more than welcome confidential discussions with potential industry and private investors. In the meantime all the best to our cohort of students in the Faculty Talented Students Program (TSP) who are undertaking a novel application of smartphone technology to ascertain water pollutants; this fits in nicely with the 2015 theme of Light given it is the Year of Light.


And what about the astonishing progress of regenerated gratings, those optical waveguide tools for measuring temperatures in excess of 1000 C, completely free of electromagnetic interference! Whoever said a deeper understanding of fundamental glass science could not pay off in the practical domain will be eating their words! Australia leads the world in this field from a research perspective and it is being commercialized through start-ups and large companies world wide for applications spanning aerospace, fire monitoring, smelters, turbines and much much more. Together with developments in 3D metal printing, these sensors can be embedded directly into metal sheets to build smart-skins for almost anything. We continue advancing this field and seek ongoing support form you the public or any interested industrial or private investor. Another great Aussie led development that has spread worldwide.


2015 promises to build of some new fundamental insights established last year and continue some very exciting developments towards novel instrumentation and I urge you to keep track of our publications for more details - we have some very exciting original research directions in the woodwork. The opportunities for Australian research to play a key role in the photonics world - in partnership with the world through our extensive network of highly talented collaborators in China, India, USA, Germany, France, Brazil and elsewhere - are tremendous and unprecedented. We seek not to copy or emulate but to try new things and explore new directions. It is our passion for research and for demonstrating research to young people that sometimes makes us miss the funding deadlines for many grants and so on that so many groups are better supported in obtaining. You really cannot have it both ways these days so the support of you the reader and investor is critical for developing working Australian technology and properly training our youth in chemistry, physics and engineering - in this cross-disciplinary world this is a must as is rising above those that do not see quite so far,


I wish you all the best in this Year of Light - let's hope it lasts a little more than a year!


Prof. John Canning

2014

  • iPL and several groups have joined forces within a 111 research program with UESTC in Chengdu, China to work on new materials and technologies in photonics. The exploitation of nanotechnology in combination with advances in optical waveguides and fibres and systems promises to herald a new age in sensing technologies. Prof. Canning initiated the first of many exchanges visiting for a short period and formulating new and novel research directions. Keep an eye out for some really neat stuff to come out soon!
  • As part of the science without borders program, Prof. Canning has spent a month at UTFPR in Brazil and in that period developed with students a novel approach to rapidly measure contact angle and new ideas for characterizing petroleum fuel, some of which exploit the nanostructures invented at iPL.
  • Building on the original proposal from iPL of contained smartphone based fluorometers, we have demonstrated a field portable instrument capable of measuring pH using fluorescent dyes fabricated in the School of Chemistry. pH is used as a global reference for determining water quality. Both ocean and lake water was characterized across Sydney and compared with official measurement methods. The original idea of using fluorescence as a smartphone diagnostic and using the in-built sources and detectors for complete devices was provisionally protected in 2009. The patent is now released so that anyone can work on developing fluorescence based all-contained smartphone instrumentation and not be impeded by commercial greed. We hope this approach allows progress towards realistic diagnostic tools for anyone to use, especially those in difficult places with no resources, to help combat illness and disease. The recent Ebola outbreaks the importance of our ongoing work to improve this technology and we especially welcome colleagues in the medical arena to help identify parameters needed for rapid measurement.
  •  So important is the potential of smartphone technology we have submitted key papers to ArXiv for quick access by our colleagues: "Lab-in-a-phone"  and "Smartgrid forensics". Keep an eye out for more comprehensive papers soon to appear.
  •  Our colleagues at UNSW continue to address one of the most profound practical challenges in sensing - the separation of temperature and strain, something that continues to pose severe limitations on the wider utilisation of distributed component sensor systems. You can read more about their approach here.
  • Our colleagues in Queensland continue to demonstrate novel new laser sources based on spectral filtering of supercontinuua using our advanced gratings - in a more recent work a high power visible laser of relevance to medical diagnostics was reported in Optics Express.
  • Our adventures in the nanoparticle world continue as we develop approaches to self-assemble wires, films and layers on various substrates and surfaces, including onto one of the most important optical platforms today - the optical fibre. Our summer and visiting students continue to pave the way - feel free to read about the deposition of porous nanostructure onto optical fibres. Truly an international and multiparty effort with staff and students from Brazil, Denmark,  UNSW, Macquarie University and Sydney University. More information on the incredible control  potentially possible using self-assembly of diffusion, the existence of remarkable ballistic diffusion, and so on within porous nanostructures can be found in here.
  • Have we revolutionised surface plasmon based measurement techniques? That's the question posed by our  recent demonstration of near orthogonal excitation of surface waves, a key example of a promising nanoscale technology, removing the painful and impractical angular dependence o traditional methods to couple optical light into electronic surface waves, greatly relaxing the criteria for cost and efficacy of instrumentation. Indeed, we have proposed that this now enables the technology to be integrated into smartphone format, building on our pioneering work on developing smartphone fundtioanlity beyond simple imaging. Read about it in our Optics Letters paper - once again, our brilliant undergraduate research training program has enabled our best  local and visiting students to participate in globally competitive research establishing iPL as one of Australia's top research teaching facilities.
  • Our recent work demonstrating that Au is not so noble raises significant questions about underlying assumptions using nanoscale films and particles for repeated and reliable measurements of chemical and biological relevance, such as in the next generation of surface plasmon sensors. An entire industry's foundation is brought into question. These preliminary results were undertaken by one of our talented students through the Faculty of Science talented students program. Read more about it in our Chemical Communications paper.
  • The lab-in-a-microfiber is proposed, building on self-assembly nanoscience and nanotechnology developed at iPL, where uniform nanostructured pores can be built-up using colloidal self-assembly and exploited in our vision of a new generation of advanced instrumentation such as "optical chromatography", "optophoresis" and much more. Read more about it in our recent chapter 10 in Lab-on-Fibre, a technology from lab-in-a-fibre variant of our lab-in-a-fibre, the new promising technology to supersede lab-on-a-chip.
  • Call for papers special Issue on Nanotechnology and Smart Sensors More
  • iPL and MOI from the US enter in an agreement to help foster greater awareness of optical sensing in the community. MOI loans interrogators and sensors for demonstrations.
  • New Brazil-Australia program - funded by Brazil Science Without Borders, the new research program will foster ongoing student and staff exchange between the two nations. This builds on existing interactions through the former Department of Innovation Industry Science and Research program.

2013

NEWSBREAK: The American Chemical Society (ACS) follows iPL's vision in recognising photonics as the fastest growing central science and indeed chemistry and materials as the engine of photonics by establishing a new, dedicated photonics journal: ACS Photonics. The establishment of iPL in the School of Chemistry in 2007 was clearly way ahead of its time in recognising the interdisciplinary nature of photonics and has been vindicated by the establishment of a range of material based photonic journals since then.
Video showing a drop containing silica nanoparticles drying, leading to self-assembling high strained disk layers that fracture and curl upwards into tapered wires. The video is taken first from the side and again from the top.
What can be observed is the initial pinning of the drop such that the base diameter remains constant and the height reduces (or contact angle changes) until a certain point at which the drop edges begin to recede inwards and the self-assembled layers begin to dry out, eventually fracturing.
Video by Masood Naqshbandi 2013
  • Viscoelastic softening has been used to demonstrate a simple production method for ultra high temperature broadband filters and chirped gratings of arbitrary wavelength More
  • The remarkable periodicity obtained within microfibres produce by self-assembly and the major practical implications is outlined for the first time More
  • The first fundamental glass perspective on optical fibre viscosity and regeneration is brought to bear leading to the first proper measurements of optical fibre viscosity. More
  • Pioneering work bringing together recent efforts in elaborating femtosecond laser processing and nanopore formation in arguably the most definitive account yet is published in Laser and Photonic Reviews.
  • Many optical communication switches, both commercial and laboratory, still rely on radiative and conductive heating and the slow response that involves - we think if you're gonna stick to heat then do it using magnetic induction resistive heating: it works wonders in the kitchen and it can speed up a telecommunications network, especially an all-optical fibre one such as our very own NBN!
  • If you've wondered how to package gratings into FC or other connectors, then look no further than our joint publication with Strathclyde University's Energy Centre on how to use regenerated gratings to optimise the induction process and discover just how hot the induction process can really get. Or if you need to know how to just process complex data from gratings embedded in composites, then perhaps our colleagues recent report on the application of neural networks is your cup of tea.
  • Read about the magic of Bismuth and its potential for the broadest ever amplifiers and lasers led by our colleagues using novel fibres made a tthe joint national fibre facility at UNSW.
  • Ever wondered what actually makes femtosecond gratings tick? Read our recent expose of the underlying science of femtosecond laser induced change in glass and the secrets of holey glass and its relationship with porous rocks from well below the earth.
  • Find out the secrets to photonics for ultra high temperature environments and read about the first lasers to operate at truly high temperatures opening the dawn of "hot lasers".
  • Self-assembly work reported in Optical Materials Express goes viral, berserk even!, in the media:
  • Electronics Bulletin, "Self-assembling silica microwires may herald new generation of integrated optical devices", More
  • Lightwave "Self-assembling silica microwires offer new platform for integrated optical devices", More
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  • ECOCNEWS "Silica microwires: the answer to optical interconnects?" More
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  • DCN News "Chemical self-assembly Silica nanowires - New generation of integrated optical devices", More
  • Optics and Photonics News "Coaxing Silica Nanoparticles Self-Assemble into Waveguides" More
  • OSA Spotlight on Optics reports on Optical Material paper on laser assisted self-assembly More
  • IPOS News reports on self-assembly More
  • OSA Press release "Self-Assembling Silica Microwires May Herald New Generation of Integrated Optical Devices" More
  • 2012 Optical Society of America (OSA) Outstanding Reviewer Award to Prof. John Canning More
  • 2Physics.org reports on Nature Com. paper and self-assembly work "Surmounting The Great Silica Integration Problem" More
  • The 8th  Int. Conf. on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor  Networks, and Information Processing to be held in Melbourne in April More 
  • Queensland Government & Boeing sponsor The 4th Int. Conference on Smart Materials and Nanotechnology in Engineering (SMN 2013) in the Gold Coast More

2012

  • UNSW runs first open tours for AIP Congress delegates at the UNSW Joint National Fibre Facility More
  • UNSW Joint National Fibre Facility hosts ANFF visitors Dr. Rosie Hicks and Dr. Michael Withford More
  • POSTGRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS - CHEMISTRY (UP TO FIVE POSITIONS) More
  • Prof. Canning elected to International Steering Committee, Asia Pacific Region, of Optical Fibe Sensors (OFS) Conference, the world's leading photonic sensing conference.
  • Dr. George Huyang graduates from iPL at the Great Hall, The University of Sydney Friday Dec 14 2012
  • Former student Roberson Oliveira receives commendation from CAPES Brazil for this PhD  thesis... More
  • Nanoparticle breakthrough solves the great thermal energy barrier problem preventing the integration of many materials into silica...More
  • Helium confirms mechanical relaxation picture for  micro and nano glass smithing... More