The University of Technology Sydney (UTS)   


  • Congratulations to Mathew Mason for being shortlisted in this year's Capstone finalists at UTS for his work on developing novel smart ophthalmology diagnostics, an extension of the smart portable instrument capabilities pioneered at iPL, from covering water health to food diagnostics. The project was done in collaboration with Dr. Mojtaba Golzan at the Graduate School of Heath as part of the VC's new push for trans-disciplinary research at UTS. This technology already has the potential to be commercialized and forms the basis of a novel PhD topic. 
  • Jacob Rowland presented an impressive thesis for his capstone proposing the first electrical engineering analogy of a molecular computer inspired by the photonic solutions to practical molecular devices by Prof. Canning and the molecular machine components of the recent Nobel Prize award in Chemistry.
  • Clever tuning of contact angles on gold through surface wave excitation was demonstrated with PhD candidate Chunyang Han opening up a new approach to novel devices based on plasmons and light. A new phenomenon has been observed that has the potential to revolutionise chemical and biopathogen diagnostics in agricultural, food and health sectors. Several PhD opportunities exist to take this field forward.
  • An international alliance involving iPL, Universite de Paris Sud France, UTFPR Brazil, CGCRI India and Technica USA reviews utlra-high temperature fibre Bragg grating work in a seminal presentation at CLEO Pac Rim and Photonics Congress in Singapore. The work with France in particular has confirmed the role of stress and bimaterial systems in optimising regeneration.
  • Smart sensing pioneered by iPL at Sydney continues with added keynote and invited talks. PhD applications from outstanding students that can win competitive funding are welcomed.
  • UTS and UNSW host first photonic smart sensing workshop exploring potential commercialization and research activities between Singapore, China and Australia. You can find the program here: More
  • Prof. Canning joins forces with colleagues Cat Kutay and Anthony Kadi at UTS to explore the challenges of flipped learning and how to optimise outcomes; although focused on an engineering case study, the analysis applies generally. 
  • Prof. Cicero Martelli (UTFPR), an iPL graduate, presents an outstanding and novel invited talk at CLEO PAC Rim/ Photonics Congress in Singapore on photonics and the study of horses, both for biological and for training purposes.
  • Welcome to Laine Suon who is undertaking further post-graduate studies part time whilst working in the pharmaceutical sector in the area of self-assembly of organic and silica particles.
  • Luke Gordon reports on his work on photo-bio-modulation and slowing or reversing neuro-pathological diseases at the Annual Bosch Meeting. A simple 3D printed designer horn maximises optical exposure at a referenced level and exact distance on the mice under test. 
  • UNSW continues to make progress with Bismuth doped optical fibres - recent work from Russia demonstrating gain across the telecoms windows when pumping at 1490 extends the field into a potentially practical domain although environmental factors need to be controlled.
  • Prof. Canning receives the OSA David Richardson Medal More.
  • Arafat Hossain obtains his PhD. 
  • Time based and temperature tuned fluorescence measurements on a portable smartphone instrument are demonstrated More.  
  • Novel discrimination between ordinary olive oils, fake olive oils and genuine extra virigin olive oils is reported using smartphone fluorescence.
  • Has the mystery of the 1994 anomalous poled fibre result, that promised to bring a revolution in photonics by creating higher electro-optic coefficients in silica than in LiNbO3 finally been solved? Prof. Canning presents a new hypothesis in Singapore at the CLEO Pac-Rim Conference putting forward organised water as the actual culprit, noting in those days water contamination of fibres was often present. This opens an entire new platform of "water photonics".
  • Masters interns from Universite de Paris Sud have just spent three months at iPL demonstrating the world's first 3D printed optical coupler, new grating technologies and other structures. We wish Stacy Pereira, Audrey Hours and Robin Le Gal a safe journey back. 
  • Welcome to new students:  Wenyu Wang and Ghazal Fallah enrolled Masters students at UNSW (Prof. Gang-Ding Peng, John Canning (UTS)) School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, UNSW;  Yazal AL-Aljouni, Visiting Intern (organised by CAPA), New York University (NYU) Saudi Arabia; Luke Gordon Sydney University Honours (Dr Daniel Johstone, John Canning (UTS)), Biomedical Engineering Program, School of Medicine and School of Engineering.

Matthew Mason and his smartphone ophthalmology smart device designed to measure oxygen at the back of the eye.

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First retinal oximetry measurements with the smart ophthalmology unit. Dr. Mojtaba Golzan of the Graduate School of Health is the patient.

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