IPAS News from the first quarter of 2016

Message from our Director Prof Andre Luiten

Andre_048The New Year certainly started with bang in January with our annual IPAS New Year Event attended by 93 members.  We were able to celebrate members’ achievements for 2015 and members had the opportunity to give each other snapshots of their current and upcoming projects.

2015 was a significant year for IPAS with members driving research in an upward trajectory.  We saw publication outputs jump by a total of 20%.  Even more pleasing was the 50% increase from 2014 in High Impact papers.  Grant funding came flowing in with members being awarded over $7M in new grant funding.

We have continued to strengthen our relationship with key government and industry players.  This included: securing a further $250k from State Government for the Photonics Catalyst Program; continued interactions with our strategic partners in Defence Science Technology Group with 4 funded projects worth more than $1.7M and the establishment of the Trajan R&D Hub based in the Braggs Building. Another exciting development in late 2015 was the success of IPAS researchers in establishing two new spinout companies.

We welcome A/Prof Martin O’Connor who has joined us leading a number of defence and Industry linked projects in IPAS.

IPAS continues to welcome visits by Government ministers and thus far we have hosted 4 Federal and 6 State Government ministers with many more already scheduled this year.

But IPAS isn’t just about the numbers; I am very pleased to report that we have an extremely healthy social culture enabling our researchers to interact regularly. This interaction underpins the ability of our researchers to generate high quality science and is obvious from the buzz I observe in our numerous meeting rooms and at events.  I very much look forward to the continued growth and successes of IPAS members.


We congratulate members on the following recent achievements:

David Ottaway

A/Prof David Ottaway has been awarded an Invitational (Short-Term) Fellowship by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) in association with the Australian Academy of Science (AAS). The Program provides researchers who have an excellent record of research achievements with an opportunity to conduct collaborative research, discussions, and opinion exchanges with researchers in Japan.


staff_020A/Prof Chris Sumby has been awarded the prestigious ‘Sandy Mathieson Medal’ from the ‘Society of Crystallographers in Australia and New Zealand (SCANZ)’. The award recognises distinguished contributions to science involving X-ray, neutron or electron diffraction or imaging by a researcher under 40 years of age. It is awarded on the quality of published scientific work, together with evidence of standing within the international community. Chris will receive his medal at the SCANZ meeting next month in Hobart and deliver the Mathieson Medal Lecture.

Invited Talk

Roman KosteckiMr Roman Kostecki was invited to present “Develop New Path of Smartness”  at the ‘Annual World Congress of Smart Materials’ in Singapore, March 2016 (WCSM-2016).



Pilot Projects 2016

This scheme is intended to seed new research projects and ideas that have potential to become externally-funded research projects. The scheme can support new science that would give the key initial data to create a compelling fundamental science grant application, a fellowship or enable research to create new industry engagement or commercialisation opportunities. $100k of funding was allocated to IPAS members across the following seven projects:

  • Mr Roman Kostecki, Dr Chris Perrella, Dr Philip Light – Demonstrating Spatially Resolved Corrosion Detection
  • Dr Mel McDowall, Dr Jonathan Hall  – Determining embryo health and morphology using whispering gallery modes (WGM)
  • Dr David Ottaway, Mr Andrew Malouf, Dr Ori Henderson Sapir  – Simple Single Pumped 3.5 µm Fiber Lasers
  • Dr Nicolas Riesen, Prof Hans Riesen (UNSW), Dr Peipei Jia, Prof Tanya Monro  – Photoluminescent Storage Phosphors: A Pathway to 3D Memory
  • Dr Yinlan Ruan, Dr Tim Zhao, Dr Victoria Peddie  – A Turn-on fluorescent fiber probe for background free detection of heavy metal ions in water
  • Dr Erik Schartner, Dr Georgios Tsiminis, Mr Mustaf Bekteshi, A/Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem  – Simplified Hollow Core Optical Fibres for Sensing Applications
  • A/Prof Peter Veitch, Prof Jesper Munch, Dr Miftar Ganija  – Spectroscopy and lasing of cryogenic Ho-doped lasers

Visiting Speakers

We continue to build collaborations with researchers from around the world. Recently we have hosted the following speakers:

Seminar March 16


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