Professor Malin Premaratne

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  • Building: Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Nano-optic (Quantum Electrodynamics)
  • Optoelectronic Devices (Bio-optics)

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Professor Malin Premaratne is an electrical engineer with diverse interests in physics, mathematics and computer science. He specializes in theory, modeling and simulation of light propagation through different media such as optical fibers, active semiconductors and biological media. These interests have naturally led him to investigate emerging state of the art technological areas such as surface plamsons polaritons that results from light interacting with metals and arftificial material composites (metamaterials) with extraordinary ability to control light. He has pioneered many novel techniques in theory, modeling and simulation of light interaction with guided and scattering media and published over 300 research papers (200+ Journals) and one book. Malin has won over $3.0 million direct funding, over 3.5 million students` scholarship funding and about $750,000 on computer resources and time from competitive grants agencies including the Australian Research Council (ARC) for this work.

Professor Malin Premaratne received the BSc degree in mathematics, the BE degree in electrical and electronics engineering (with first-class honors), and the PhD degree from the University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, in 1995, 1995, and 1998, respectively. From 1998 to 2000, he was with the Photonics Research Laboratory, a division of the Australian Photonics Cooperative Research Center (APCRC), University of Melbourne, where he was the Coproject Leader of the APCRC Optical Amplifier Project, and was also associated with Telstra, Australia, and Hewlett Packard, USA. From 2001 to 2003, he also worked as the Product Manger (Research and Development) of VPI Systems Optical Systems Group. Since 2004, he guided the research program in high-performance computing applications to complex systems simulations at the Advanced Computing and Simulation Laboratory (AχL), Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia, where he is currently the Research Director. He is also a Visiting Researcher with the University of Melbourne, Australian National University, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), University of Rochester, New York, Oxford University and Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA, California Institute of Technology (Caltech). He is a Fellow of Institute of Engineers Australia (FIEAust) and Fellow of the Optical Society of America (FOSA). Currently, he serves as the Vice President of the Academic Board, Monash University Clayton Australia.

Recent publications

  1. Shi Q, Sikdar D, Fu R, Si KJ, Dong D, Liu Y, Premaratne M, Cheng W. 2D Binary Plasmonic Nanoassemblies with Semiconductor n/p-Doping-Like Properties. Advanced Materials. Wiley-VCH. 2018, Vol. 30, Issue 26. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201801118
  2. Kumarapperuma L, Premaratne M, Jha PK, Stockman MI, Agrawal GP. Complete characterization of the spasing (L-L) curve of a three-level quantum coherence enhanced spaser for design optimization. Applied Physics Letters. American Institute of Physics. 2018, Vol. 112, Issue 20. DOI: 10.1063/1.5025354
  3. Xiao F, Shang W, Zhu W, Han L, Premaratne M, Mei T, Zhao J. Cylindrical vector beam-excited frequency-tunable second harmonic generation in a plasmonic octamer. Photonics Research. 2018, Vol. 6, Issue 3. DOI: 10.1364/PRJ.6.000157
  4. Kibret B, Premaratne M, Sullivan C, Thomson RH, Fitzgerald PB. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) during pregnancy: Quantifying and assessing the electric field strength inside the foetal brain. Scientific Reports. Nature Publishing Group. 2018, Vol. 8, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-22528-x
  5. Shang W, Xiao F, Han L, Premaratne M, Mei T, Zhao J. Enhanced second harmonic generation from a plasmonic Fano structure subjected to an azimuthally polarized light beam. Journal of Physics Condensed Matter. Institute of Physics Publishing. 2018, Vol. 30, Issue 6. DOI: 10.1088/1361-648X/aaa4ce
  6. Hapuarachchi H, Gunapala SD, Bao Q, Stockman MI, Premaratne M. Exciton behavior under the influence of metal nanoparticle near fields: Significance of nonlocal effects. Physical Review B. American Physical Society. 2018, Vol. 98, Issue 11. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.98.115430
  7. Mallawaarachchi S, Gunapala SD, Stockman MI, Premaratne M. Generalized superradiant assembly for nanophotonic thermal emitters. Physical Review B. American Physical Society. 2018, Vol. 97, Issue 12. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.97.125406
  8. Warnakula T, Stockman MI, Premaratne M. Improved scheme for modeling a spaser made of identical gain elements. Journal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics. Optical Society of America. 2018, Vol. 35, Issue 6. DOI: 10.1364/JOSAB.35.001397
  9. Hapuarachchi H, Mallawaarachchi S, Hattori HT, Zhu W, Premaratne M. Optoelectronic figure of merit of a metal nanoparticle - Quantum dot (MNP-QD) hybrid molecule for assessing its suitability for sensing applications. Journal of Physics Condensed Matter. Institute of Physics Publishing. 2018, Vol. 30, Issue 5. DOI: 10.1088/1361-648X/aaa46d
  10. Shi Q, Dong D, Si KJ, Sikdar D, Yap LW, Premaratne M, Cheng W. Shape Transformation of Constituent Building Blocks within Self-Assembled Nanosheets and Nano-origami. ACS Nano. American Chemical Society. 2018, Vol. 12, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.7b08334
  11. Xiao F, Ren Y, Shang W, Zhu W, Han L, Lu H, Mei T, Premaratne M, Zhao J. Sub-10 nm particle trapping enabled by a plasmonic dark mode. Optics Letters. Optical Society of America. 2018, Vol. 43, Issue 14. DOI: 10.1364/OL.43.003413
  12. Mallawa Arachchi S, Premaratne M, Maini PK. Superradiant Cancer Hyperthermia using a Buckyball Assembly of Quantum Dot Emitters. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics. 2018. DOI: 10.1109/JSTQE.2018.2867417
  13. Tuo M, Xu C, Mu H, Bao X, Wang Y, Xiao S, Ma W, Li L, Tang D, Zhang H, Premaratne M, Sun B, Cheng HM, Li S, Ren W, Bao Q. Ultrathin 2D Transition Metal Carbides for Ultrafast Pulsed Fiber Lasers. ACS Photonics. American Chemical Society. 2018, Vol. 5, Issue 5. DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.7b01428
  14. Si KJ, Dong D, Shi Q, Zhu W, Premaratne M, Cheng W. Ultrathin Fresnel lens based on plasmene nanosheets. Materials Today. Elsevier. 2018. DOI: 10.1016/j.mattod.2018.06.006
  15. Xie J, Zhu W, Rukhlenko ID, Xiao F, He C, Geng J, Liang X, Jin R, Premaratne M. Water metamaterial for ultra-broadband and wide-angle absorption. Optics Express. Optical Society of America. 2018, Vol. 26, Issue 4. DOI: 10.1364/OE.26.005052

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