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Professor Saulius Juodkazis

Head of the Nanotechnology Research Facility


Saulius Juodkazis is Professor of Nanophotonics and Director of the Nanotechnology Facility (Nanolab) at Swinburne’s Optical Sciences Centre . His current research is focused on applying principles of light-field enhancement and its spectral control for applications in micro-optics, sensing, solid-state lighting, and solar energy conversion.

Professor Juodkazis has contributed to the development of a three-dimensional laser printing with nano-/micro-scale precision using femtosecond laser for applications in opto-fluidic, micro-optics, optical memory, and photonic crystals. He has shown experimentally the creation of high-pressure density phases of materials using tightly focused ultra-short laser pulses. Currently, his research also includes nano-textured surfaces for sensing, bactericidal, and light harvesting applications.

Professor Juodkazis received his doctorate in experimental physics and material science jointly from Vilnius University (Lithuania) and Lyon-I University (France). He has also held previous tenured positions at the Universities of Tokushima and Hokkaido in Japan, and is the author of 700+ peer-reviewed journal papers, reviews, and several book chapters. He is Fellow of OSA and SPIE.

Research interests

Plasmonic light-field enhancement spectral control for applications in sensing; solid-state lighting; and solar energy conversion.

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Honours topics and outlines

Material processing at ~1PW/cm2 intensity: (Starting 2024)  Ablation - removal of material - by ultra-short femtosecond pulses at high intensity of 1-10 PW/cm2 will be investigated for high-precision laser machining. Energy deposition and power scaling for material removal with tens-of-nm resolution will be quantified. The project will use a newly installed (Oct 2023) laser machining setup.      

Fields of Research

  • Nanophotonics - 401809
  • Nanomaterials - 401807
  • Atomic, Molecular And Optical Physics - 510200

Teaching areas



  • 2023, Swinburne, Vice-Chancellor’s Research Excellence (Early Career) Team Award, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2021, Swinburne, Vice-Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award (with Team of ARC Training Centre SEAM), Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2019, Swinburne, Vice-Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award (with Team of ARC Training Centre in Biodevices), Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2017, National, Eureka Prize for Scientific Research (with team "Bacteria busters"), UNSW with the Australian Museum
  • 2014, Swinburne, Vice-Chancellor's Engagement Award, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2013, International, Fellow of OSA, The optical society of America (OSA)
  • 2012, International, Fellow of SPIE, The international society for optics and photonics (SPIE)
  • 2009, International, PRESTO (sakigake) award for the opening of a new field "Innovative use of light" (top 2% researchers in Japan), The Science and Technology Agency, Japan
  • 2008, International, Award for the ten years scientific achievements in the fields of physical, technological, and bio-sciences, The Science and Education Ministry of Lithuania
  • 2001, International, Window on Science (WoS), The Asian Office of Aerospace Research and Development (AOARD) Tokyo, Japan

Further information



Also published as: Juodkazis, Saulius; Juodkazis, S.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2024: 3D integrated crystalline UV optical lens-fiber couplers for astronomy *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2024: Ultra-fast structure-property characterisation of materials *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2023: Ultrashort pulse laser for machine tools processing *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme
  • 2022: Transportable high-power blue laser for processing of reflective materials *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2021: Automated UV-C disinfection of COVID-19, aka, COVID Killer *; Innovative Manufacturing CRC
  • 2021: Electro-Optical Primers for Safe Use and Clean Manufacturing *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme
  • 2019: ARC Training Centre in Surface Engineering for Advanced Materials (SEAM) *; ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres
  • 2019: Photonic crystals: the key to breaking the Si-solar cell efficiency barrier *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2018: Nanofabrication technologies towards advanced control of the photon angular momentum (Nanophorb) *; National Center for Scientific Research France Fund Scheme
  • 2017: Facility for exploring light-matter interactions in space, time and energy *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2017: New landscape of non-equilibrium material phases *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2017: Primer: engineering a high temperature plasma breakdownSIEF STEM+ Business Fellowship Program *; CSIRO - Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF)
  • 2017: Textured Nanostructured based devices for energy and sensing applications *; Swinburne and FAPESP Priority Partnership Fund
  • 2016: Rapid prototyping 3-D nano-pattern large area writer *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2016: Thermal properties and heat transport on nanoscale textured surfaces *; Australian Academy of Science Visits to Japan Fellowships
  • 2015: Collaborative advanced spectroscopy facility for materials and devices *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2014: Collaborative facility for high resolution fabrication, imaging, and characterisation of nanostructured materials *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2014: Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Biodevices and Diagnostics *; ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres
  • 2012: Ultra-fast alchemy: a new strategy to synthesise super-dense nanomaterials *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme

* Chief Investigator

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