Our research group is advancing the frontiers in electronics and photonics towards the development of novel devices and systems for emerging applications.

We have key strengths in design, analysis, and integration of systems to exploit unique capabilities of electronic and optical approaches in emerging applications. Our team members have track records in electronics, nano-electronics, photonics, nano-photonics, antenna engineering, microwave and millimetre-wave engineering, and systems engineering.

Current projects tackle challenging problems from diverse sectors, including telecommunications, medical implants, medical imaging, defence, transport systems, precision agriculture and instrumentation.


We work collaboratively with industry partners and end-users to solve real problems and create value for stakeholders, which include government and industry organisations, leading international institutions and research laboratories. Our research partners include:

Major programs of research

Selective contacts for silicon photovoltaics

This project is centred on the development of novel materials-based approaches to carrier-selective contacting in silicon photovoltaics – a burgeoning technology which offers the chance to simultaneously reduce fabrication costs and remove fundamental limitations.

Research Lead: Dr James Bullock

Group: Sustainable Energy & Environmental Devices (SEED) Laboratory

Systems next generation wireless

Millimetre-wave, terahertz and optical frequencies are providing innovative systems technologies that deliver multi-gigabit to terabit communication capabilities for wireless interconnects and networks.

Research Lead: Prof Christina Lim


Advanced systems-on-chips use CMOS, nano-CMOS and silicon photonic platforms for a range of applications in radars, imaging, and wireless communications. This includes radars-on-chips, wireless transceivers and imaging systems.

Research Lead: Prof Stan Skafidas

Optical communication systems

Our pioneering research is using wavelength, frequency, polarisation and mode multiplexed systems to expand the capacity of different types of communication applications ranging from access networks to multi-terabit/second long-haul networks.

Research Lead: Prof Bill Shieh

Optical imaging systems

We are transforming the capabilities of current electronic and optical imaging systems with nano-electronic and photonic approaches to realise new imaging modalities and capabilities.

Research Lead: Dr Ranjith Unnithan Rajasekaran

Nano-electronic frontiers

We are creating innovative realisations of photonic devices which seek to push the current limits of currently available photonic devices and systems and create new pathways of future integrated circuits at nano and atomic scales.

Research Lead: Prof Stan Skafidas

Nano-photonics frontiers

We are harnessing the unusual ways that light can interact with nanostructured materials to demonstrate new photonic devices (including photodetectors and lasers) with enhanced performance and/or functionality.

Research Lead: Prof Ken Crozier

Group: Crozier Group: Micro- and Nano-Photonics

Antenna arrays

Multi-frequency, multi-band and conformal antenna systems with phased arrays will deliver programmable and dynamically reconfigurable systems for applications in avionics, radars and autonomous platforms such as drones.

Research Lead: Prof Rob Evans

Human to machine (H2M) communications

We are investigating frontier optical technologies to support the vision of human-machine interaction, and addressing the issues of time-critical and ultra-reliablility needed for applications ranging from automatic control of exoskeletons for physically-disabled persons, to remote medical diagnosis and surgery, or time-sensitive disaster management.