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The IPAS seminar series aims to communicate ideas across physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, chemical engineering and related areas, to seed new collaborations and for interactions with fellow researchers.

IPAS has hosted the following speakers:

  • 2017 Seminars
    IPAS Research Seminars
    Date Speaker Topic
    Thur 11 May

    Dr Alexander Wood

    University of Melbourne

    A New Spin on Quantum Sensing with Diamond
    Thur 4 May 1-2 pm

    Prof Anita Mahadevan-Jansen

    Vanderbilt University (Tennessee, USA)

    Raman Spectrometry in Cancer Surgery

    Hosted by CNBP

    Thur 20 April

    Dr Mel McDowall

    Science communication and grant development (IPAS)

    Publish (Promote) or Perish
    Thur 5 April

    Dr Ben Sparkes

    DECRA Fellow

    Gradient Echo Memory: a GEM for Quantum Information Processing
    Mon 27 March

    Dr Shinji Yamashita

    Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), The University of Tokyo

    Mode-Locked Fibre Laser Technologies and Applications
  • 2016 Seminars
    IPAS Research Seminars
    Date Speaker Topic
    Thur 19 May

    Jonathan Lacey

    Irelya Consulting, Commercializing Technology

    Research Commercialisation: Lessons Learned
    Thur 21 April 2016

    Depeng Kong (Visitor to IPAS)

    Xian Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics of CAS

    Fabrication and Application of Microstructured Polymer Optical Fibers
    Thur 14 Aprl 2016

    Dr Woei Ming (Steve) Lee

    ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science

    Multiscale Light Microscopy
    Friday, 8 April

    Dietrich Volmer Krupp

    Professor and Chair in Analytical Chemistry, and Director of the Institute of Bioanalytical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany

    Chemotyping the distribution of vitamin D metabolites and correlation with disease
    Monday 15 February

    Dr. Kay Schuster

    Group leader in the Optical Fibres Technology Group at Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Jena.

    Fiber activities at IPHT - Challenges in Technology and Applications
    Tuesday 9 February

    Andrew Duncan

    Director of Electromagnetic Imaging Technology Pty Ltd

    Measurement of magnetic field for geophysical applications
    Tuesday, 9th February 2016

    Prof. Andrea Sinz

    Institute of Pharmacy, Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

    The Advancement of Chemical Cross-linking/Mass Spectrometry for Studying Protein-Protein Interactions
    Tuesday, 2 February 16

    Dr. Peter D.E.M. Verhaert

    Chair of “Analytical Biotechnology and Innovative Peptide Biology” at Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands) and a Visiting Professor at the Biomedical Research Institute (BioMed) of Hasselt University (Belgium)

    Peptidomics and Secretomics for Biomedical Applications
  • 2015 Seminars
    IPAS Research Seminars
    Date Speaker Topic
    Thursday, 29 October 2015

    Dr Gareth Williams

    Edinburgh University

    Applying photonic crystal fibres to photochemical and fluorescence sensing
    Thursday, 1 October 2015

    Dr DJ Osborn

    MSU Innovation Center

    Molybdenum Chloride Incorporated Sol-Gel Materials for Oxygen Sensing above Room Temperature
    Thursday, 27 August 2015

    Prof Anjun Qin

    South China University of Technology

    Click polymerization
    Monday 24th August

    Dr Abi Stone

    Uni Manchester

    Digging into southern African sand dunes: Reconstructing past environments (and insights into environmental challenges for groundwater)
    Thursday, 20 August 2015

    A/Prof Jodie Bradby

    Women in Physics Lecturer

    Probing the high-pressure phases of Silicon and Germanium using nanoindentation
    Thursday, 13 August 2015

    Dr Abel Santos

    University of Adelaide, School of Chemical Engineering

    Advanced Structural Engineering of Nanoporous Anodic Alumina Photonic Crystals for Optical Sensing Applications
    Thursday, 30 July 2015

    Bryan Coad

    Mawson Institute, university of South Australia

    The Plasma Polymer Toolbox
    Friday, 24 July Mr Shahar Levy

    Faculty of Engineering and Institute of Nano-Technology and Advanced Materials, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan 5290002, Israel
    Stimulated Brillouin scattering amplification in fibers and Chalcogenide waveguides
    Tuesday, 9 June Dr Girorgio Santarelli
    LNE-SYRTE, Observatoire de Paris (former BNM-Laboratoire Primaire du Temps et des Fréquences), University of Bordeaux, France
    Photonic activities at LP2N and beyond
    Thursday, 14 May A/Prof Jaime Garcia-Ruperez

    Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia Nanophotonics Technology Center (NTC), Valencia, Spain
    Novel approaches for the development of high-sensitivity, compact and low-cost nanophotonic biosensors based on photonic bandgap structures
    Thursday, 7 May Prof Longsheng Ma

    East China Normal University, China
    Precision Optical Frequency Control
    Thursday, 30 April Dr Agnieszka Zuber

    The University of Adelaide, IPAS, School of Physical Sciences
    Detection of low level gold in a drilling sample using fluorescence and absorption.
    Thursday, 5 March

    Dr Peipei Jia

    The University of Adelaide, IPAS / CNBP, School of Physical Sciences

    Plasmonic Optical Sensors: Performance Analysis and Engineering towards Biosensing
    Thursday, 26 February

    Dr Niels Krosgaard-Larsen

    The University of Adelaide, IPAS, School of Physical Sciences

    Synthesis and Pharmacological Evaluation of Novel Macrocyclic b-Strand Mimics as Inhibitors of Proteases, Proteasomes, and Protein Aggregation
    Monday, 9 February 15

    A/Prof Tom Stace

    School of Mathematics and Physics, University of Queensland

    Loss Tolerance in Topological Quantum Error Correcting Codes
    Thursday, 5 February

    Mr Christian Leiterer

    Dielectrophoresis based integration of nanostructures and their sensorial application.
  • 2014 Seminars
    IPAS Research Seminars
    Date Speaker Topic
    Tuesday, 2 December Mr Ori Henderson-Sapir

    School of Chemistry and Physics, IPAS
    Development of a 3.5 μm band fibre laser
    Monday, 10 November Dr Irina Kabakova  
    University of Sydney
    Enhancing and inhibiting stimulated Brillouin scattering in photonic integrated circuits
    Monday, 20 October Dr Martin Gorjan

    Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen Fakultaet fuer Physik Am, Germany
    The Face of High-Power Lasing
    Tuesday, 7 October Prof Achim Peters

    Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin, AG Optische Metrologie
    Advanced diode lasers systems for precision measurements in space (and on Earth)
    Friday, 25 July Dr Stephen Gensemer

    Research Scientist, CSIRO | Materials Science and Engineering
    Precision Quantum Phase Measurements in a Juggling Atomic Clock
    Wednesday, 16 July

    Fetah Benabid

    Photonic and Photonic Materials, University of Bath, UK

    Kagome hollow-core PCF is going extreme
    Tuesday, 1 July

    Rich Mildren

    MQ Photonics Research Centre / Department of Physics at Sydney's Madcquarie University

    Lasers and laser phenomena involving undoped synthetic diamond
    Friday, 27 June

    A/Prof Siddharth Ramachandran

    Nanostructured Fibers & Nonlinear Optics Lab, Boston University, ECE Dept. & Photonics Center

    Can fibers replace all (most) lasers? aka Nonlinear Optics with Bessel Beams in Fibers
    Tuesday, 24 June

    Dr Tim Zhao

    School of Chemistry and Physics, IPAS

    Exploring upconversation nanocrystals towards the next-generation biolabel and photonic device.
    Thursday, 19 June

    Mr Angus Netting

    Adelaide Microscopy

    Advanced Microscopy and Microanalysis: materials characterization and beyond
    Thursday, 17 June

    Prof John Arkwright

    Professor (Adjunct), Australian National University
    Flinders University

    In-vivo optical fibre monitoring and measurement - a perfect confluence of clinial need and technical capability
    Monday, 19 May Talks and demonstrations from Sigma Koki Co Ltd (Japan),Furukawa Electric Co Ltd, Fitel (Japan) and Luna Inc. (USA) Product showcase
    Thursday, 15 May

    Dr Dusan Losic

    University of Adelaide, Chemical Engineering

    Thursday, 8 May

    Distinguished Professor Yuri Kivshar

    Nonlinear Physics Centre, Research School of Physics and Engineering, The Australian National University, Canberra

    Controlling electromagnetic waves with plasmonics and metamaterials
    Tuesday, 6 May

    Prof Neil Champness

    University of Nottingham, UK

    Surface Supramolecular Chemistry: Understanding Self-assembly at the Molecular Level
    Wednesday, 30 April

    Dr Tim Zhao

    UoA, IPAS

    Exploring Upconversion Nanocrystals towards the Next-generation Biolabel and Photonic Device
    Thursday, 24 April

    Prof Jeremy O'Brien

    Centre for Quantum Photonics, University of Bristol

    Qantum Technologies
    Tuesday, 22 April

    Dr Volker Buschmann

    PicoQuant, Berlin, Germany

    Advanced Confocal Fluorescence Microscopy Techniques: From Single Molecule to Ensemble Studies
    Tuesday, 15 April

    Prof Gordon Wallace

    University of Wollongong

    Additive Fabrication and Medical Bionics
    Thursday, 10 April

    A/Prof Peng Xi

    Peking University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Beijing, China

    RESOLFT optical nanoscopy with organic and inorganic dyes
    Wednesday, 12 March

    Professor Ullrich Steiner

    Department of Physics, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge

    Nano-structured energy materials made by Polymer Self-Assembly
    Tuesday, 11 March

    Dr Nathan Langford

    Senior Research Officer, Quantum Devices Group, University of London

    Progress towards practical quantum information processing with photons
    Tuesday, 25 February

    Andreas Hartmann

    Griffith Hack

    IP Workshop on Patents
    Friday, 7 February

    Dr Elisa De Ranieri

    Nature Nanotechnology

    Publishing in Nature Journals
    Friday, 17 January

    Professor Tingyun Wang

    Shanghai University, China

    Special optical fibers and sensors
  • 2013 Seminars
    IPAS Research Seminars
    Date Speaker Topic
    Wednesday 18 December 2013 A/Prof Paul Stoddart

    The Centre for Atom Optics and Ultrafast Spectroscopy, Swinburne University, VIC
    Neurophotonics: a new approach to bionic devices
    Tuesday 17 December Prof Harvey Rutt

    University of Southampton
    A Terahertz Potpourri
    Wednesday 27 November Richardas

    Seminar on new femtosecond laser machining techniques and new Yb:KGW regen systems
    Friday 8 November Prof Darren Crowdy

    Imperial College London
    Mathematical modelling of MOF fabrication: a status report
    Thur 24 October Mr Moritz Nagel

    Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
    Ultra‐stable cryogenic optical resonators for future technologies and tests of fundamental physics
    Thursday 17 October Prof Dave Kielpinski

    Griffiths University, Brisbane
    The shadow of a single atom
    Monday 14 October Ms Charlotte Bond

    PhD Student, University of Birmingham, UK
    Gravitational wave detection: Challenges of beam and mirror distortions in advanced interferometers
    Wednesday 9 October Dr Ian Stewart

    SARDI - Research Scientist (Toxicology), Food Safety and Innovation South Australian Research and Development Institute
    Ciguatera and Ciguatoxins - Challenges and Rewards
    Wednesday 4 Sept A/Prof Ju-Han Lee

    University of Seoal, Korea
    Nonlinear singla processing devices and pulsed lasers based on optical fiber technology
    Thursday 29 August A/Prof Robert Scholten

    Atom Optics, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne
    Quantum imaging in living cells
    Tuesday 27 August Prof Libo Yuan

    School of Science, Harbin Engineering University (HEU), Harbin, China
    In-fiber integrated optic devices and its applications
    Mon 26 August

    Mr Faraz Inam

    PhD Student, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Macquarie University

    Fundamental characterisation of nanodiamond NV centre spontaneous emission.
    Tue 20 August

    Dr Mike Biercuk 

    Quantum Control Laboratory, University of Sydney

    Controlling Quantum Systems with Photons
    Friday 16 Aug

    Dr Andrew Sutton

    Centre for Gravitational Physics, Department of Quantum Science, Australian National University

    Inter-satellite interferometric laser ranging technology and terrestrial applications
    Wed 7 Aug

    Prof Philip Tuckey

    Director of Sytèmes de Référence Temps Espace (SYRTE) at the Observatoire de Paris

    STE-QUEST: Atomic sensors in space for fundamental physics, time and frequency metrology and other applications
    Wed 17 July

    Dr Yinlan Ruan


    Nanodiamond in glass: a new approach to single photon source and nanosensing
    Wed 3 July

    Mr Timothy Spencer and Mr Piers Lincoln

    ARI Commercial Development Manager and IPAS Institute Manager - IPAS

    ARI awareness session
    Tue 2 July

    Prof Andrew White

    University of QLD

    Intriguing chemists and upsetting computer scientists using light and mirrors
    Wed 26 June

    Dr Mark Hutchinson

    The University of Adelaide, Physiology

    How do you know you are sick? The role of immune to brain communication
    Tue 21 May

    Emiritus Prof John Willoughby and Dr Marita Broberg

    Flinders University

    Spreading depressions of the Central Nervous System (CNS): mechanical and other causations
    Wed 8 May A/Prof Benjamin Thierry University SA From Micro-to-Nano: Novel Technologies for Cancer Biodiagnostics
    Wed 1 May

    Mr Romain Davoine


    KEOPSYS, fibre lasers and optical amplifiers designer and manufacturer
    Mon 29 April

    Ms Claire Davis and Mr Grant McAdam

    Senior Research Scientist, DSTO

    Measuring corrosion in defence applications
    Wed 20 Mar

    Dr Tom Stace

    University of QLD

    Quantum-Limited Spectroscopy
    Wed 13 Feb

    Ms Katherine Moore

    Flinders University

    Vertically aligned double and single walled carbon nanotubes for electrochemical surfaces
  • 2012 Seminars
    IPAS Research Seminars
    Date Speaker Topic
    Thur 6 December Prof David Huntley Tunnelling, Luminescence Decay and Anomalous Fading
    Wed 21 November Prof Paul Mulvaney Nanocrystals: Growth, Spectroscopy and Devices
    Tue 13 November Prof Barry Luther-Davies Chalcogenide glasses for nonlinear optics and  mid-IR science.
    Tue 11 September Dr Tichlam Nguyen Up & down converting fluorescent nanocrystals
    Tuesday 4 September Dr Lee Arnold Optical dating in a new light: Improved and extended-range chronologies using single-grain techniques
    Wednesday 22 August Dr Eric May Fluid Science for Natural Gas Research: Precision measurement challenges and solutions for delivering outcomes to industry
    Wednesday 20 June Dr Zeyad Alwahabi Laser Diagnostics in Reactive Fluids: Great Photonics to Better Engineering
    Tuesday 22 May Dr Ben Buchler
    Quantum memory for light: fun times with hot gas
    Wednesday 15 Februrary  Dr Yonggang Zhu  Lab-on-a-chip devices for chemistry and biology  
  • 2011 Seminars
    IPAS Research Seminars
    Date Speaker Topic
    Friday, 2 September

    Dr William Wadsworth, University of Bath, Bath, UK

    Prof Frank Tittel, Rice Quantum Institute, Rice University, Houston, TX, USA

    Pick a colour, any colour - Photonic devices to serve microscopy and spectroscopy

    Infrared semiconductor laser based trace gas sensor technologies: recent advances and applications

    Friday, 5 August Prof Ewa Goldys, Macquarie University, NSW Data mining of cellular images
    Thursday, 12 May Prof Anatoly Rozenfeld Wollongong Uni, NSW Advanced Semiconductor Dosimetry for Radiotherapy and Radiation Protection
    Friday, 8 Apr Dr Sabrina Heng, University of Adelaide Light Driven on/off Sensors.
    Tuesday, 8 Feb Dr Jin Doyong, Macquarie University, NSW Advanced Bio-sensing Opportunities and Challenges in Temporal Domain Discrimination
    Tuesday, 4 Jan Dr Jose Varghese, CSIRO, Victoria Using structural biology to probe the molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration in Alzheimer ’s disease and mental health
  • 2011 Seminars
    IPAS Research Seminars
    Date Speaker Topic
    Thursday, 6 August



    Showcase 1 from the Scientific Management Committee

    Mp3 File


    Thursday, 2 July CSIRO
    Thursday, 18 June

    IPAS Roadshow:

    Physics Building Seminar Room 121 at 3.00pm

    View presentation slides and listen to the Mp3

    Thursday, 9 April Prof Shaun McColl

    "How control-ling the movement of cells can lead the fight against cancer, infection and autoimmune disease"

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