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2009 Annual Report Now Available

Monday May 31 2010

The Centre for Micro-Photonics 2009 annual report is now available for download from our annual report page. The document details the Centre's activities throughout the 2009 year, including conference and journal publications, research projects as well as social events and funding grants.

Key facts for 2009:

  • Five professors, one senior lecturer, 15 research staff, 17 students, one executive
    assistant/administrator, one laboratory manager and one senior technical officer.
  • 22 publications in refereed journals.

  • 17 plenary, invited and keynote presentations at national and international conferences.

  • 79 conference presentations at workshops, national and international conferences.

  • Three provisional patents filed.

  • Three PhD thesis completions.

  • One Masters thesis completion.

  • Total cash income:
    • $712,000 from ARC grants;

    • $314,000 from NHMRC grants; and

    • $360,000 from industry grants and the CRC for Polymers.


Highlights for the year include the Centre's first publication in the highly ranked journal Nature from PhD student Peter Zijlstra, staff members Dr. James W.M. Chon and Prof. Min Gu. The publication [Nature, 459, 410-413 (2009)] entitled "Five-dimensional optical recording mediated
by surface plasmons in gold nanorods
was featured on the front cover of the Jouranl and has received 23 citations in its first year.

2009 also heralded a collaboration between Suntech Power Holdings Pty. Ltd. and Swinburne University for the development of plasmonic solar cells. The joint venture has since been joined by the Victorian State Government to form the Victora-Suntech Advanced Solar Facility (VSASF) which will be official opened tomorrow.