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Synthetic Nano-chemistry
Synthesis, analysis and exploitation of molecules with optical functionality. Draws on the disciplines of physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, materials chemistry and optical physics.

Analytical Chemistry
Laser-ablation analysis and imaging of trace amounts of elements, especially in biological samples. Draws on analytical chemistry, cellular biology, and optical physics (see Centre for Elemental Bio-Imaging).

Materials for energy storage
New materials for improved storage of electrical energy in batteries and super-capacitors. Science and applications of graphene and carbon nanotubes. Draws on physical chemistry, materials engineering and inorganic chemistry (see Research Centre for Clean Energy Technology)

Use of nanoscale structures in biological or biomedical contexts to deliver payloads or act as sensor platforms. This includes use of nanoparticles for enhancing bio-imaging. Draws on cellular biology, biophysics, optical and electron microscopy and optical physics.

Delivery of pharmaceutical payloads using a nanoparticle vector offers numerous benefits in medicine. We are interested in novel ways of targeting and releasing drugs or nucleic acid, especially by light or a change in the chemical environment.  Draws on physical chemistry, immunology, biology, materials science, pharmaceutical science and medicine.

Medical Nanomaterials
The interface between the human body and any implant material placed within it is very important. New materials and new surface treatment techniques are being developed to improve the biocompatibility and functionality of medical devices, such as orthopedic implants. Draws on physical chemistry, materials science and materials engineering, chemical and mechanical engineering and medicine.

Design, modelling, synthesis, characterization and exploitation of alloyed nanoparticles and nano-coatings, especially for applications that exploit their optical properties. Draws on materials engineering, condensed matter physics and optical physics.

Materials for Solar Energy and Thermal Control
Thin films, meta-materials, novel solar cells, radiative cooling, polymers for day lighting, optical-thermal data for building industry. Project leader CSIRO Cluster on OPV and OLEDs, member CRC for Low Carbon Living (Urban Heat Island).  Draws on materials and thermal physics, optics, opto-electronics, building and atmospheric physics.

Design, modelling, fabrication, characterization and exploitation of nano devices for modulating light at the nanoscale by exploiting the phenomenon of plasmon resonances. Draws on condensed matter physics, mathematical physics and optical physics.

Theoretical Photonics
Analysis and modelling of new-generation photonic systems, especially systems in which light (photons) interact with the vibrations (phonons) of solid matter. Draws on disciplines of mathematical physics, condensed matter physics, optical physics and applied mathematics.