TMOS Research Groups


TMOS @ ANU consists of three groups in the Research School of Physics: the Semiconductor Optoelectronics and Nanotechnology group, the Experimental Photonics group and the Nonlinear Quantum and Nanophotonics Laboratory.

The Semiconductor Optoelectronics and Nanotechnology group is home to Chief Investigators Fu, Tan and Jagadish. As the name suggests, they conduct state-of-the-art research in synthesising new semiconductor nanostructures for applications in optoelectronic and photonic devices such as lasers, LEDs, photodetectors, solar cells, bio/chemical sensors and green hydrogen/energy generation.

The overarching aim is to create the next generation devices that are compact and more efficient for new and novel applications. We are considered as one of the world’s leading group in the fields of MOCVD growth of III-V semiconductors – nanowires, quantum dots, novel optoelectronic devices; and ion implantation for optoelectronic applications – short carrier lifetimes in III-V, intermixing.

The Experimental Photonics group is led by Centre Director Dragomir Neshev and conducts experimental research in light-matter interaction in nanophotonic structures. The focus of their research activities is on the development of novel dielectric metasurfaces and their applications. They are world-leading researchers in meta-optics tailored to applications and are linked to several industry partners developing state-of-the-art biosensors and night vision technology. They foster a highly intellectual and collaborative environment that allows everyone to thrive.

The Nonlinear Quantum and Nanophotonics Laboratory performs theoretical and experimental research on tailoring light-matter interactions at the nanoscale. They do this in nonlinear nanophotonic structures for generation, manipulation and detection of light down to few-photon levels in the regime of quantum optics.

They study the fundamental aspects of miniaturisation of optical elements down to the micro- and nano-scale while achieving advanced functionalities beyond the capabilites of traditional optics. We also work on the development of photonic systems toward various application including microscopy, optical monitoring, and space-based imaging.


RMIT University’s Functional Materials and Microsystems Research Group hosts The RMIT node of the Centre. CIs Bhaskaran and Sriram co-lead a team of 40 researchers working to transform discoveries into technologies for electronics, photonics, wearable devices, and healthcare.

Their vision is to make science fiction reality. They achieve this through transforming discoveries into technology that creates impact for society. They focus on discoveries in materials science and device engineering at the convergence of electronics, photonics, sensing, and medicine.The expertise at the RMIT node span materials science and engineering, nanotechnology and surface chemistry, micro- and nano-fabrication, three-dimensional nanoscale printing, stretchable and flexible electronics, and device integration and prototyping.

Their research and translation activities are defined by application areas, with a balance of fundamental research and technology translation. Current focus areas, led by emerging research leaders are, wearable and connected sensors, biosensors and diagnostics, electronics and communication, photonics materials and devices

The UoM is the research home of Deputy Director, Kenneth Crozier, and theme leader Ann Roberts. Crozier is both with the School of Physics (in the Faculty of Science) and the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology). Roberts is with the School of Physics.


UWA and its School of Engineering is the home of CIs Martyniuk and Faraone. Both are members of the Microelectronics Research Group (MRG) which is a well-established, vibrant intellectual environment that is internationally renowned for achievements and capability in infrared science and MEMS technologies. In particular, the translation of technologies into industry is a key feature of the UWA Node.

The group’s capabilities in MEMS and IR Technologies Infrared technologies have received important recognition from industrial and government end-users and forms the two flagship capabilities of the Western Australian node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF-WA), featured in the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap.


The University of Technology Sydney team is comprised of two groups.

The Quantum Materials and Nanophotonics Group was started over a few beers in a bar in Newtown. Chief Investigators Aharonovich and Toth had been working together for eight years and knew that partnering in a new group would be a lot of fun. They brought in PhD students and postdocs to join the team and, crucially, expanded the group to include members from more than ten different countries, a move that brought with it a diversity of ideas that have become the bedrock of their success. Their primary objective is to develop a practical, scalable platform for on-chip quantum photonics. They focus on development of new solid state quantum emitters and nanofabrication techniques that underpin this objective. Most of their recent work has been focused on new capabilities in this field enabled by two-dimensional materials.

They do cutting-edge research in an environment that is very informal and fun. Their group is the place to work for researchers who are very ambitious and want to enjoy the workplace beyond the excitement associated with breakthrough research projects.

The Integrated Nano Systems (INSys) Lab was formed a decade ago when Chief Investigator Iacopi started her Future Fellowship. When she moved to UTS five years ago, the group fomalised into The Integrated Nano Systems (INSys) Lab, which still has several members from the original group working together.

The main objective of the group is demonstrating a high-end application of graphene on silicon that can be scaled–up and fabricated according to silicon manufacturing processes. What motivates them is technological and societal impact. The group is not only geographically diverse, as this is very common these days, but also technically (physicists, chemical and electronic engineers) and gender–diverse. Their group is driven by impact and industrial application. They periodically collaborate with different industries, from semiconductor materials to equipment suppliers.