Physicist wins researcher of the year award
Friday, 16 September 2011
University of Adelaide physicist Professor Tanya Monro has been named among Australia's Young Researchers of the Year.
The prize, supported by scholarly database and abstract provider Scopus (part of the Elsevier publishing group), recognises Australian researchers who are well known internationally for their achievements and dedicated contributions to research.
Professor Monro's research is driving a new wave of innovation in photonics to create advanced and powerful new sensing technologies.
This research unites materials science, electromagnetic theory, device physics, synthetic and surface chemistry and molecular biology. The work focuses on enabling the creation of new diagnostic technologies and research tools that empower scientists to ask new questions.
Some examples of projects Professor Monro's team are currently working on include the development of photonic solutions for monitoring embryo development, for detecting viruses at the point of care, optical fibres capable of detecting corrosion within aircraft and 'smart bungs' for monitoring the quality of wine.
This broadly based applications research is enabled by a strong fundamental research program.
Recent research highlights by Professor Monro and her team include the first demonstration of diamond-enriched optical fibres for secure quantum communications, new glasses for the mid-infrared spectrum for missile defence and surgery, optical fibres with nanoscale features that enable powerful new devices for optical data processing, and new optical fibres capable of monitoring the delivery of radiation to tumor sites within the human body.
Professor Monro has published more than 400 journal and refereed conference papers and has supervised 17 students to successful PhD completions. Since 2005 she has raised more than $70 million for research, and established a collaborative research centre with DSTO - the Centre of Expertise in Photonics (CoEP) - and a research Institute (IPAS), as well as the new dedicated "STARR" reproductive health laboratory within the University's Medical School.
To see more about Professor Monro's prize and the outstanding work being done at IPAS, go to The Australian's website.