Hemendra Kala

Research Interests

  • Infrared detectors
  • Micro-electro-mechanical systems
  • Spectroscopy
  • Material science


  • PhD, The University of Western Australia
  • Master of Engineering, The University of Western Australia
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, India


  • Detect

Hemendra Kala obtained his bachelor’s degree in Electronics & Communications Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology Ranchi, India in 2007. Following this he moved to Perth, Western Australia in 2008 to pursue a master’s degree in Microelectronics Engineering at the University of Western Australia. In 2016, he graduated with a doctorate degree for the study of electronic carrier transport phenomenon in narrow band semiconductors. Since 2016, he has been working as a research associate at the Western Australian node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) where his primary research work involved the development, fabrication, and characterization of mercury cadmium telluride (HgCdTe) based infrared detectors and focal plane arrays. From 2017 to 2021 he was a co-investigator on the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) Counter Improvised Threats Grand Challenge Grant for developing unmanned airborne imaging and infrared spectroscopy for detection and identification of improvised threats. This work involved the development of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) based infrared filters for multispectral and hyperspectral infrared detection. In 2021, he joined the ARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta Optical Systems (TMOS) as a research fellow and since 2022 he has also been working as one of the research program managers for the research theme of Advanced Imaging at TMOS.

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