IPAS and Ecojet collaboration receives $50,000 grant for a new micro turbine power technology

Congratulations Ecojet for successfully receiving funding for developing a world-leading micro gas turbine to provide solution for affordable and uninterrupted on-site power supply.

IPAS has been collaborating with EcoJet in the development of their novel turbine technology.
For full press, please click here.Ecojet


EO Tuck Medal winner

EO Tuck Medal winnerYvonne Stokes1

Professor Yvonne Stokes has been awarded the EO Tuck medal for outstanding research and distinguished service to the field of Applied Mathematics. The medal is awarded by ANZIAM (Australia and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics).

Congratulations to Yvonne who was also promoted to professorial level E effectively from 1 January 2018.

Thebaton Senior College at IPAS

On Monday 27 November 2017, IPAS was delighted to host the IPAS Laser Labs tour for a group of high achieving science students from Thebarton Senior College. The students were welcomed and guided to the Quantum Atom Fibre and Sensing and Spectroscopy Labs by  Dr Ben Sparkes  and Sarah Scholten.The students were inspired and amazed with different demonstrations of next generation light transmission and novel gas sensing methods. All the best for our science students and looking forward to welcome you to the IPAS community in the future!

Shandong Academy of Sciences at IPAS

On Friday 24 November 2017, IPAS was delighted to welcome an esteemed contingent from the Shandong Academy of Sciences. This visit has strengthen the collaboration between the University of Adelaide and the Shandong Academy of Sciences. We hope to welcome many visiting academics working with IPAS in the near future.

Shandong Uni

GLASS CAN BE BOTH SCIENCE AND ART featured in ATSE’s focus magazine

Congratulations Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem on being selected to be included in this month’s addition of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE)’s Focus magazine.

This edition of ATSE Focus contains a selection of profiles of recipients of the first round of Global Connections Fund Priming Grants, which demonstrate the diversity of projects and partnerships being supported by the program.Heike _ glass & art

Prof Ebendorff-Heidepriem was successfully awarded a 2017 Global Connections Fund – Bridging Grant , in collaboration with international partner IRflex, with the project entitled “Extruded Hollow-Core Fibre for High-Power Mid-IR Laser”.

For the online article, please click here.


Shadow Ministry of Defence at IPAS

On Thursday 16 November, IPAS was very proud to host the Hon Richard Marles MP, Shadow Minister of Defence, to our member’s High Power Laser and Sapphire Clock Labs. The Shadow Minister, accompanied by Professor Michael Webb, Director of Defence and Security, and Professor Michael Liebelt, Interim Executive Dean Faculty of Sciences, had first hand experience of the world class Sapphire Clock, followed by a demonstration of  the IPAS schools #LaserRadio project, which is contributing to the promotion of STEM education in Australia.

IPAS was honored to host the Shadow Minister during his defence collaboration tour at the University of Adelaide, which highlighted our outstanding research and invaluable contribution to the Australian defence industry.

Minister Pyne at IPAS


On Wednesday 8th November 2017, IPAS was honored to welcome  the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Defence Industry,  to visit our Sapphire Clock  and High Power Laser Labs. Accompanying the Minster, were Dr Alex  Zelinsky, Chief Defence Scientist and head of the Defence Science & Technology (DST) group, Prof Michael Brooks, Interim Vice-Chancellor and President and Rear Admiral the Hon Kevin Scarce AC CSC RAN-Rtd and Chancellor. The Minister was extremely impressed by the amazing work of the Sapphire Clock and High – Power Laser teams and fascinated by the demonstration of IPAS innovative Laser Radio project contributing to the promotion of STEM education in Australia. Following the lab tour, the Minister launched the new University of Adelaide Defence Research and Innovation Network, which will strengthen the University and DST Group partnership.

Click here for more information on the University partnership with DST Group.




International appointment for Prof Andre Luiten!

Congratulation Prof Andre Luiten on being elected to the Commission on Laser Physics and Photonics for the term 2018 -2020 at the 29th General Assembly of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics!

The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) was established in 1922 in Brussels with 13 Member countries and the first General Assembly was held in 1923 in Paris. The Union is governed by its General Assembly which meets every three years to stimulate and promote international cooperation in physics.


On Tuesday 24th October, IPAS welcomed a group of principals (including  technology and STEM leaders) from the Association of Independent Schools of Australia (AISSA). The principals were guided through IPAS state of the-art fabrication facilities and equipment such as the high-tech 3D Metal and Ceramic printer ,  5–Axis Ultrasonic Mill, and biomedical imaging devices by leading researchers (Drs Ben Sparkes , Chris PerrellaJiawen Li) and technical experts (Mr Evan Johnson).

IPAS is so proud to host the principal tour and to be part of the STEM Task Force which has inspired and promoted STEM education.


International Recognition for Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem!

OSA-logo-centennial-150Congratulations to Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem for being elected as a Fellow Member of The Optical Society (OSA) at the Society’s September 2017 Board of Directors meeting.
Founded in 1916, OSA is the leading professional association in optics and photonics, home to accomplished science, engineering, and business leaders from all over the world. Through world-renowned publications, meetings, and membership programs, OSA provides quality information and inspiring interactions that power achievements in the science of light.
Prof Ebendorff-Heidepriem  is being honored specially for ground breaking science contributions to the field of optical glasses and fibers.

For more information about the this honor, please click here. The list of Fellows is currently available online.