Dr Alexandre Francois

Visiting Research Fellow
Dr Alexandre Francois
  Org Unit Physics
  Email alexandre.francois@adelaide.edu.au
  Telephone +61 8 8313 2328
  Location Floor/Room 1 80 ,  The Braggs ,   North Terrace

 

Dr Alexandre François received a B.Sc. degree in Material Sciences Engineering from the Institute of Science and Techniques of Grenoble, France, in 2001, a M.Sc. degree in Physics and Materials Sciences from the University Claude Bernard, France, in 2002 and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering, specialized in solid state Physics, optoelectronics and micro/nano fabrication technologies, from the University of Sherbrooke, Canada, in 2006. From 2007 to 2008, Dr François worked as a Research Fellow at Fujirebio Inc., Japan, a pharmaceutical company specialized in medical diagnostic, on optical biosensing technologies. Dr François joined the University of Adelaide, in November 2008 as research fellow under the guidance of Prof Tanya Monro, with the mandate to develop Tanya Monro’s group activity in biological sensing before joining the University of South Australia as part of Tanya Monro’s Laureate fellowship team. He remains associated with the University of Adelaide and the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing where his laboratory is located as visiting Research Fellow, and the ARC Centre of Excellence in NanoscaleBiophotonics (CNBP) as an associate investigator.

  • 2002-2006: PhD Electrical Engineering - Sherbrooke University (Canada)
  • 2001-2002: MSc Physics & Material Science - Université Claude Bernard (France)
  • 1998-2001: BSc Material Science & Engineering - Institute of Science and Technique of Grenoble (France)

July 2015: Adelaide University Seed Project Funding – Principal Investigator (18 000 AU$)

May 2015: Adelaide Priority Partner Grant – Principal Investigator (5 000 AU$)

December 2013: Australian Research Council: Centre of excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics – Associate Investigator

March 2012: Australian Seafood Corporative Research Centre

Chief investigator for the development of a diagnostic device for the rapid detection of Noro virus in shell fish. (600 000 AU$)

Dec 2011: Shell – Australian Innovation Challenge

Finalist in the medical diagnostic category in a nationwide competition for a rapid Influenza diagnostic based on surface plasmon scattering

May 2010: Commercial Accelerator Scheme

Chief investigator for the development of a rapid Influenza virus diagnostic based on surface plasmon resonance. (150 000AU$)

May 2010: Research in Business

Chief investigator for the development of a rapid Influenza virus diagnostic based on surface plasmon resonance. (50 000AU$)

March 2010: National Health and Medical Research Council

Participate in the definition of a project aiming to use surface plasmons scattering for the multiplexed detection of protein involved in gastric cancer.

May 2010: Australian Singapore Emerging Research Leaders Exchange Program

Two weeks visit to Singapore offered to the top ten young researchers in their field to foster international collaborations.

Nov 2009: Australian Research Council Super Science Fellowship

       Participate in the definition of a project aiming to investigate Whispering Gallery Mode in capillaries combined with capillary electrophoresis for medical diagnostics applications.

Scientific Publications

 2015

. A. François, Tess Reynolds, Nicolas Riesen, Jonathan M.M. Hall, Matthew R. Henderson, Shahraam Afshar V., T.M. Monro, “WGM Laser-Tipped Fiber for Biomedical Applications”, Optics Photonics News, Year in Optics 2015 (2015) – In Press
. Nicolas Riesen, Shahraam Afshar V., A. François, T.M. Monro, “Materials Analysis of Microspheres for Frequency Comb Generation”, Frontier in Optics/Laser Science, FM3D.5 (2015) – In Press
. Nicolas Riesen, Tess Reynolds, A. François, T.M. Monro, “On the Fundamental Limits of Far-Field Detection of Active Microspherses Whispering Gallery Modes”, Frontier in Optics/Laser Science, JTu4A.86 (2015) – In Press
. Nicolas Riesen, Tess Reynolds, A. François, Matthew R. Henderson, T.M. Monro, “Q-factor Limits for Far-field Detection of Whispering Gallery Modes in Active Microspheres”, Optics Express (2015) – In Press
. E. Klantsataya, A. François, P. Hoffmann, H. Ebendorff-Heidepriem, T.M. Monro, “Surface Plasmon Scattering in Exposed Core Optical Fiber for Enhanced Resolution Refractive Index Sensing”, Sensors15, 25090-25102 (2015)
. E.P. Schartner, G. Tsiminis, A. François, R. Kostecki, S.C. Warren-Smith, L.V. Nguyen, S. Heng, T. Reynolds, E. Klantsataya, K.J. Rowland, A.D. Abell, H. Ebendorff-Heidepriem, T.M. Monro, “Taming the light in microstructured optical fibers for sensing”, Int. J. Applied Glass Science 6, 229-239 (2015)
. T. Reynolds, M.R. Henderson, A. François, N. Riesen, J.M.M. Hall, S.V. Afshar, S.J. Nicholls, T.M. Monro, “Optimization of whispering gallery resonator design for biosensing applications”, Optics Express 23, 17067-17076 (2015)
. N. Riesen, S. Afshar V., A. François, T.M. Monro, “Material candidates for optical frequency comb generation in microspheres”, Optics Express 23, 14784-14795 (2015)
. N. Riesen, A. François, K. Badek, T.M. Monro, H. Riesen, “Photoreduction of Sm3+ in Nanocrystalline BaFCl”, J. Phys. Chem. A 119, 6252-6256 (2015)
. J.M.M. Hall, S.V. Afshar, M.R. Henderson, A. François, T, Reynolds, N. Riesen, T.M. Monro, “Method for predicting whispering gallery mode spectra in spherical microresonators”, Optics Express 23, 9924-9937 (2015)
. J. Chan, T. Thiessen, S. Lane, A. Meldrum, P. West, A. François, K. Gardner, “Microfluidic determination of vitamin D3 compounds using a cylindrical optical microcavity”, IEEE Sensors Journal15, 33467-33474 (2015)
. S. Lane, P. West, A. François, A. Meldrum, “Protein biosensing with fluorescent microcapillaries”, Optics Express 23, 2577-2590 (2015)
. A. François, T. Reynolds, T.M. Monro, “A Fiber-Tip Label-Free Biological Sensing Platform: A Practical Approach toward In-Vivo Sensing”, Sensors 15, 1168-1181 (2015)
. A. François, N. Riesen, H. Ji, S. Afshar V., T.M. Monro, "Polymer based whispering gallery mode laser for biosensing applications” Applied Physics Letters 106, 031104 (2015)
. A. François, B. Sciacca, E. Klantsataya, A. Zuber, P. Hoffmann, M. Klinger-Hoffmann, T.M. Monro,“Surface plasmon scattering: an alternative approach for optical fibers biosensors” (Invited Presentation), 5th Asia Pacific Optical Sensors Conference (2015) – In Press
. J.M.M. Hall, S.V. Afshar, M.R. Henderson, A. François, T, Reynolds, N. Riesen, T.M. Monro,“Predicting the whispering gallery mode spectra of microresonators”, Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 93431Y, 93431Y-7 (2015)
. T. Reynolds, A. François, M.R. Henderson, S.J. Nicholls, T.M. Monro, “Optimization of whispering gallery mode sensor design for applications in biosensing”, Proc. SPIE BIOS, 93150K-93150K-9 (2015)
. A. François, N. Riesen, H. Ji, S.V. Afshar, T.M. Monro, "Whispering-gallery mode lasers for biosensing: a rationale for reducing the lasing threshold”, Proc. SPIE LASE, 93431U-93431U-7 (2015)
. A. Meldrum, A. François, S. Lane, P. West, “Fluorescent microcapillaries for biosensing applications”, SPIE Newsroom (2015) (DOI:10.1117/2.1201505.005969)

2014

. Y. Ruan, K. Boyd, H. Ji, A. François, H. Ebendorff-Heidepriem, J. Munch, T.M. Monro, “Tellurite microsphers for nanparticle sensing and novel light sources”, Optics Express 22, 11995-12006 (2014)
. A. François, H.T.C. Foo, T.M. Monro, “Polyelectrolyte Multilayers for Surface Functionalization: Advantages and Challenges”, Optical Sensors (2014) (Invited Presentation)
. A. François, B. Sciacca,, A. Zuber, E. Klantsataya, T.M. Monro, “Dependence of metal-enhanced fluorescence on surface roughness”, Proceedings of SPIE BIOS, 89570O (2014)
. T. Reynolds, A. François, S.J. Nicholls, T.M. Monro, “A demonstration of multiplex biosensing using whispering gallery mode microspheres positioned onto a microstructured optical fiber tip”, Proceedings of SPIE BIOS, 895110 (2014)
. E. Klantsataya, A. François, A. Zuber, V. Torok, R. Kostecki, T.M. Monro, “Exposed core microstructured optical fiber surface plasmon resonance biosensor”, Proceedings of SPIE BIOS, 89380 (2014)
. M. Lismont, A. François, L. Dreesen, T.M. Monro, “Metal Enhanced Fluorescence: effect of surface coating”, Proceedings of SPIE BIOS, 89380 (2014)

2013

. A. François, K.J. Rowland, S. Afshar V., M.R. Henderson, T.M. Monro, “Enhancing the Radiation Efficiency of Dye Doped Microresonators”, Optics Express 21, 22566-22577 (2013)
. K.J. Rowland, A. François, P. Hoffmann, T.M. Monro, “Fluorescent polymer coated capillaries as optofluidic refractometric sensors”, Optics Express 21, 11492-11505 (2013)
. B. Sciacca, A. François, P. Hoffmann, T.M. Monro, “Multiplexing of radiative-surface plasmon resonance for the detection of gastric cancer biomarkers in a single optical fiber”, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical 183, 454–458 (2013)
. B. Sciacca, A. François, M. Klingler-Hoffmann, J. Brazzatti, M. Penno, P. Hoffmann, T.M. Monro,“Radiative-surface plasmon resonance for the detection of apolipoprotein E in medical diagnostics applications”, Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine 9, 550-557 (2013)
. A. François, K.J. Rowland, T. Reynolds, S.J. Nicholls, T.M. Monro, “Combining whispering gallery modes laser and microstructured optical fibers for in-vivo biosensing applications”, Photonics North 891518-891518-13 (2013) (Invited Presentation)
. K.J. Rowland, A. François, B. Sciacca, T.M. Monro, “Whispering gallery mode and surface plasmon resonance based sensors”, Photonics North 89151A-89151A-16 (2013) (Invited Presentation)
. A. François, K.J. Rowland, T.M. Monro, “A fiber tip label free biological sensing platform for in vivo applications”, Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 8570, 85700F (2013)
. K.J. Rowland, A. François, P. Hoffmann, T.M. Monro, "Sub-wavelength fluorescent polymer coatings to convert standard glass capillaries into robust microfluidic refractometric sensors", Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 8570, 85700E (2013)
. A. François, S.V. Afshar, K.J. Rowland, M. Henderson,T.M. Monro, "Enhancing the radiation efficiency of dye doped microresonators using coupling effects with a suspended core microstructured optical fiber", Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 8600, 86001Z (2013)

2012

. T.M. Monro, S.C. Warren-Smith, E. Schartner, B. Sciacca, A. François“Chemical and biological sensing using new optical fibre-based sensing platforms”, Technical Digest - 2012 17th Opto-Electronics and Communications Conference, OECC 2012, art. no. 6276590 , 598 (2012)
. B. Sciacca, A. François, M. Penno, J.A. Brazzatti, M. Klinger-Hoffmann, P. Hoffmann, T.M. Monro,“Radiative-SPR platform for the detection of apolipoprotein E for use in medical diagnostics”, Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE 8234 , art. no. 82340R (2012)
. K.J. Rowland, A. François, T. M. Monro “Excitation and lasing of whispering gallery modes in dye doped microspheres at the tip of a microstructured optical fiber and application for a sensitive dip sensor architecture”, Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE 8218 , art. no. 82180M (2012)

2011

. A. François, K.J. Rowland, T.M. Monro, “Highly efficient excitation and detection of whispering gallery modes in a dye-doped microsphere using a microstructured optical fiber”, Applied Physics Letters 99, 141111 (2011)
. A. François, J. Boehm, S.Y. Oh, T. Kok, T.M. Monro, “Collection mode surface plasmon fibre sensors: A new biosensing platform”, Biosensors and Bioelectronics 26, 3154-3159 (2011)
. J. Boehm, A. François, H. Ebendorff-Heidepriem, T.M. Monro, “Chemical Deposition of Silver for the Fabrication of Surface Plasmon Microstructured Optical Fibre Sensor”, Plasmonics 6, 133-136 (2011)
. A. François, S. Heng, R. Kosteki, T.M. Monro, “Enzyme detection by surface plasmon resonance using specially engineered spacers and plasmonic labelling”, Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering 8024 , art. no. 802402 (2011)
. A. François, J. Boehm, S.Y. Oh, T. Kok, T.M. Monro, “Surface scattering plasmon resonance fibre sensors: demonstration of rapid Influenza A virus detection”, Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering 8028 , art. no. 80280J (2011)
. A. François, J. Boehm, M. Penno, M. Ernst, P. Hoffmann, T.M. Monro, “A novel optical-fiber based Surface Plasmon Resonance sensing architecture and its application to gastric cancer diagnostics”, Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering 7753 , art. no. 77536Y (2011)

2010

. T.M. Monro, S. Warren-Smith, E. Schartner, A. François, H. Ebendorff-Heidepriem, S. Afshar,“Sensing with Suspended-Core Optical Fibres”, Optical Fiber Technology 16, 343-356 (2010)
. M. Himmelhaus, S. Krisnamoorthy, A. François“Optical Sensors Based on Whispering Gallery Modes in Fluorescent Microbeads: Response to Specific Interactions”, Sensors 10, 6257-6274 (2010)
. M. Penno, M. Ernst, A. François, T.M. Monro, P. Hoffmann, “Screening for early-stage gastric cancer: translating proteomics research into clinical outcomes using emerging mass spectrometry and photonics technologies”, HUPO 2010, Sydney, Australia (2010)

2009

. A. François, M. Himmelhaus, “Optical Sensors Based on Whispering Gallery Modes in Fluorescent Microbeads: Size Dependence and Influence of Substrate”, Sensors 9, 6836-6852 (2009)
. M. Himmelhaus, A. François“In-vitro Sensing of Biomechanical Forces in Live Cells by a Whispering Gallery Modes Biosensor”, Biosensors and Bioelectronics 25, 418-427 (2009)
. A. François, M. Himmelhaus, “Whispering Gallery Mode Biosensor Operated in the Stimulated Emission Regime”, Applied Physics Letters 94, 031101 (2009)
. H.T.C. Foo, A. François, H. Ebendorff-Heidepriem, C.J. Sumby, T.M. Monro, “Comparison of Surface Functionalization Techniques on Silica and Soft Glasses for Optical Fibre Sensing Applications”, ACOFT, Adelaide, Australia (2009)
. J. Boehm, A. François, H. Ebendorff-Heidepriem, T.M. Monro, “Chemical Deposition of Silver for the Fabrication of Surface Plasmon Microstructured Optical Fibre Sensor”, ACOFT, Adelaide, Australia, (2009)
. A. François, H. Ebendorff-Heidepriem, T.M. Monro, “Comparison of Surface Functionalization Processes for Optical Fibre Biosensing Applications”, Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering 7503 , art. no. 75030U (2009)

2008

. A. François, M. Himmelhauss, “Optical biosensor based on whispering gallery mode excitations in clusters of microparticles”, Applied Physics Letters 92, 141107 (2008)
. A. François, S. Krisnamoorthy, M. Himmelhaus, “Novel detection scheme for optical biosensing using WGM in clusters of particles”, Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE 6862 , art. no. 68620Q (2008)
. A. François, S. Krisnamoorthy, M. Himmelhaus, “Advances in label-free optical biosensing: direct comparison of whispering gallery mode sensors with surface plasmon resonance”, Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE 6862 , art. no. 686211 (2008)

2006

. A. François, V. Aimez, J. Beauvais, M. Gendry, P. Regreny, “Enhancement of quantum well intermixing on InP/InGaAs/InGaAsP heterostructures using titanium oxide surface stressors to induce forced point defect diffusion”, Applied Physics Letters 89, 164107 (2006)
. A. François, V. Aimez, J. Beauvais, D. Barba, “Measurements of TiOx stress induced on InP/InGaAs/InGaAsP quantum well heterostructures”, Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces and Films 24, 797-801 (2006)

2005

. A. François, D. Barba, N. Pauc, V. Aimez, J. Beauvais, “Study of stress layers effect on quantum well intermixing mechanism”, Twelfth Canadian Semiconductor Technology Conference, Ottawa, Canada, (2005)

2004

. A. François, V. Aimez, J. Beauvais, D. Drouin, D. Morris, C. Belisle, “Fabrication of monolithic mode locked laser diodes by low energy ion implantation induced Quantum well Intermixing”, Photonics Europe, Strasbourg, France, (2004)

2003

. M. Chicoine, A. François, C. Tavares, S. Chevobbe, F. Schiettekatte, V. Aimez, J. Beauvais, J. Beerens, “Effects of damage accumulation on quantum well intermixing by low-energy ion implantation in photonic devices”, Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering 5260 , pp. 423-431 (2003) 

Patents

. A. François, K. Rowland & T.M. Monro, “A Method of and a System for Characterising a Material” (2011)
. A. François, T.M. Monro & J. Boehm, “A Sensor and a Method for Characterizing a Dielectric Material” (2010)
. A. François & M. Himmelhauss, “Optical Sensing via Cavity Mode Excitation in the Stimulated Emission Regime” (2009) PCT/JP2009/069236
. A. Françoiss & M. Himmelhauss, “Method for Sensing a Biochemical and for Biochemical Process of a Cell” (2009) PCT/JP2009/069408
. A. François. Himmelhauss, “Clusters of Microresonators for Cavity Mode Optical Sensing” (2008) WO 2009/084721 A1

  • Optical Microcavities - Whispering Gallery Modes for sensing applications including lasing and non-linear effects.
  • Plasmonics effects, including Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR), Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance (LSPR), Metal Enhanced Fluorescence (MEF), Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS).

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