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Associate Professor Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem

Telephone +61 8 8313 1136
Position Senior Resarch Fellow - D
Fax +61 8 8313 4380
Building The Braggs
Floor/Room 1 83
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit Physics

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Biography/ Background

Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem received the Ph.D. degree in chemistry from the University of Jena (Germany) in 1994, where she continued her research on optical glasses until 2000. During 2001-2004, she was with the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton (U.K.), working on novel photosensitive glasses and soft glass microstructured optical fibres with record optical nonlinearity. Since 2005, she has been with The University of Adelaide, Australia. Currently, she is one of the leaders of the Optical Materials & Structures Theme at the Institute for Photonics & Advanced Sensing. Her research focuses on the development of mid-infrared, high-nonlinearity, active and nanocomposite glasses; glass, preform and fibre fabrication techniques and surface fucntionalization of glass.

Heike has published over 170 refereed journal papers and conference processings including 16 review papers and 9 postdeadline papers. She has an h-factor of 22 and her papers have been cited in total 1537 times (data taken from Scopus).

Awards and Fellowships:

2009               International Zwick Science Award

2002-2001      Marie Curie Individual Fellowship of the European Union

2001               Woldemar A. Weyl International Glass Science Award

2000-1997      Habilitation Fellowship of the Land Thüringen, Germany

1995               Award of the University of Jena, Germany, for excellent PhD thesis in 1994

Research Interests

Development of fibres for a wide range of applications including

·         mid-infrared high power delivery and lasers

·         high nonlinearity based applications, e.g. supercontinuum generation

·         evanescent field based bio/chemical fibre sensors

·         high resolution imaging

·         THz guidance


Glass science & technology

·         development of tellurite, germanate and fluoride glasses with high mid-infrared transmission (2-6µm)

·         development of glasses with high nonlinearity

·         development of glasses doped with nanoparticles (e.g. diamond cyrstals, semiconductor or metal nanoparticles)

·         optimization of glass melt-cast process: understanding impact of processing conditions (e.g. melting atmosphere, crucible material, batch size) on glass quality with the aim to produce glass billets >100g with low loss and free of scattering centres


Preform and fibre fabrication

·         understanding glass flow dynamcis during extrusion and fibre drawing to control preform and fibre structure

·         fabrication of new preform and fibre structures, e.g.

o   suspended nanowire-core fibres with large holes for sensing

o   hollow-core fibres

o   fibres with extreme  nonlinearity and tailored dispersion

o   large mode area fibres

o   fibres with subwavelength features

·         fabrication of these new structures from wide range of materials, e.g.

o   glass: tellurite, fluoride, fluoride-phosphate, lead-silicate, bismuthate

o   polymer: PMMA, TOPAS


Fibre surface functionalization

·         coating internal fibre surfaces with functional molecules, e.g. fluorophores, Qdots, ionophores, proteins, using silane monolayers or polyelectrolytes

Research Funding

H. Ebendorff-Heidepriem, L. Pavesi: "Nanocrystals in glass: a new nanophotonic material", ARC DP130102494, 2013-2015, $480k

Y. Stokes, D. Crowdy, H. Ebendorff-Heidepriem: "Shining the light on geometry of microstructured optical fibres", ARC DP130101541, 2013-2015, $350k

H. Ebendorff-Heidepriem, T. Monro, D. Lancaster, B. Gibson, A. Greentree: "Next generation of extrusion capability for the fabrication of advanced photonic structures, ARC LE1301000161, 2013, $150k

C. Sumby, A. Gerson, C. Doonan, a.Pring, A. Ellis, H. Ebendorff-Heidepriem, L. Zou, C. Lenehan, D. Chittleborough, P. Majewski: "Enhanced powder x-ray diffraction capabilities for south australia, ARC LE120100012, 2012, $230k



Entry last updated: Friday, 13 Feb 2015

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