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Associate Professor James Chon

Associate Professor


Associate Professor James Chon's research interest is in optical microscopy and spectroscopy of single quantum objects. This research area includes plasmonic, metallic, semiconductor nanoparticles and dye molecules, and their application in nanophotonic devices.

Dr Chon is also a past ARC Future Fellow and the Group leader for Optical Nanomaterial Spectroscopy for Photonic Application (ONSPA) group at Swinburne’s Centre for Micro-Photonics.

Alongside his research work, Dr Chon is a member of the Australian Institute of Physics, the Australian Optical Society, the Optical Society of America and the American Chemical Society. He also serves on the editorial board for the Journal of the Optical Society of Korea.

Research interests

Nanophotonics; Nanoplasmonics; Biophotonics; Applied Optics; Multi-Dimensional Optical Data Storage; Graphene; Cell Biophysics; Nanomaterials; Ultrafast Laser Science and Spectroscopy

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Aggregation and Uptake Kinetics of Gold Nanoparticles in Biological Cells, Using Image Correlation Spectroscopy: The aim of this project is to test a new technique called high order ICS (HICS) to quantify the uptake and aggregation of AuNPs inside HeLa cells. HICS will be used together with plasmon coupling to overcome the previous limitations and provides microscopic and macroscopic information of nanoparticle interactions within a cellular environment

Graphene hybridization with plasmonic nanostructures: We study single layer graphene hybridized with plasmonic nanosheets using Raman spectroscopy and dark-field scattering, to understand the interaction between the two materials. In collaboration with Byungkwon Lim’s group at Sungkyunkwan University

Multidimensional Optical Data Storage using lithographed plasmonic nanorods: In this project, we aim to develop multidimensional optical recording medium based on plasmonic nanorods where the spectral and polarization properties add additional dimensions to in recording methods. The new dimensions multiply storage limits without increasing the physical size of the medium

Plasmonic nanostructure reshaping due to surface diffusion: In this project, student will fabricate nanoplasmonic structures and study surface diffusion induced instability of the structures. It will involve 3D simulation of shape evolution. This project will be important to nanoplasmonic circuitry,  high density optical storage, linear and nonlinear biolabelling, solar cells, and optical nanoantennas

Two-photon luminescence of plasmonic nanoantennas and superstructures: We propose to study plasmon coupled nanoantenna and superstructures by means of linear and non-linear luminescence spectroscopy, to understand the field enhancement mechanisms and to increase its luminescence quantum efficiency. This project will help develop novel non-toxic, highly efficient, linear and nonlinear luminescent markers that are stable and free of blinking/bleaching


Available to supervise honours students.

Honours topics and outlines

Theoretical studies on electromagnetic response of plasmonic nanoparticles: In this project, electrodynamics solutions to simple geometry of plasmonic nanoparticles and its comparison to numerical simulations such as Finite Element method (FEM) will be explored.  In particular, field enhancement at the surface of the nanoparticles and overall scattering cross sections will be studied in detail. It will be beneficial to designing new cancer therapy/biolabeling agent.

Fields of Research

  • Optical Physics - 020500

Teaching areas

Multi-Dimensional Optical Data Storage;Nanofabrication;Nanomaterials;Nanophotonics;Nanoplasmonics;Nanostructured Materials;Nanostructured Materials


  • 2012, National, Australian Research Council Future Fellowship, Australian Research Council
  • 2010, Swinburne, Vice-chancellor's research excellence award, Swinburne
  • 2010, International, Award for top ten cited article 2005 – 2010, Physica E, Elsevier
  • 2003, National, Young Australian Researchers Award for Scientific Visit to Europe 2003/2004, Australian Academy of Science


Also published as: Chon, James; Chon, J.; Chon, J. W. M.; Chon, James W.; Chon, James W. M.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2016: Australia-Korea Partnership for Graphene-Plasmonic Hybrid Materials Development *; DFAT Australia Korea Foundation
  • 2013: Plasmonic nanoparticles for probing and perturbing the spatial organisation of membrane proteins *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2012: Image correlation spectroscopy on gold nanorod based plasmonic random media for nanophotonic applications *; ARC Future Fellowships

* Chief Investigator

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