A global hub of Photonics research, creating transformational new approaches to sensing and transdisciplinary problem solvers.

Many of the challenges we face as a society can only be solved by pursuing a transdisciplinary approach to science. The Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) has been created to bring together experimental physicists, chemists, material scientists, biologists, experimentally driven theoretical scientists and medical researchers to create new sensing and measurement technologies.




QuantX Labs made news headline

Congratulations to QuantX Labs for being successfully awarded $1m to develop the most precise and compact atomic clock in space. The funds will help QuantX and IPAS to boost commercialisation of the space clock over the next two years.



IPAS members win over 2.8M from ARC Discovery Projects

Congratulations to all IPAS members who was successfully awarded  ARC Discovery Projects. IPAS was so proud to be  awarded 6 out of 22 projects from the University of Adelaide during this round.



IPAS Deputy Director awarded 2021 University Award for outstanding achievement

Congratulations to Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem for being awarded Excellence in Research Award: An award for an academic staff, one of the selected categories of 2021 University Awards for Outstanding Achievement.





International Year of Glass – research at IPAS on glass science, technology and art

The seminar will first give an overview on glass research at IPAS, highlighting the intricate connection between glass science and technology and even art. One example, and possibly the most famous example, is gold ruby glass, where the intriguing deep red colour is produced by gold nanoparticles. Glass art using gold ruby type glasses has been made for over 2000 years, but only 100 years ago, the scientific discovery of gold nanoparticles as the source of the colour was achieved. The fascination of the science underlying gold nanoparticles in glass is still lively today. Another, recent example of the fine line between glass science and art is the invention and development of glass doped with diamond nanoparticles for quantum sensing applications. This research inspired an artist to create a new type of glass art, and vice versa the glass artist’s method of incorporating nanocrystal in glass inspired glass scientists to advance their diamond-doped glass based quantum sensor.