Research Areas

Our staff conduct research in a diverse range of fields and collaborate widely with colleagues from other departments throughout the University of Sydney. We have a unique role, often forming a bridge between different fields and initiating a multi-disciplinary approach to research.

Biological Sciences
Teaching a research student
  • Live-cell imaging;
  • Fluorescent lifetime spectroscopy;
  • Structure and dynamics of the plant cytoskeleton;
  • Targeting enzymes for optimising drug efficacy;
  • Understanding the mechanisms of arsenic-induced cancers;
  • Nanoprobe investigations of cellular processes;
  • Bio-organic, bio-mimetic and supramolecular chemistry;
  • Bioelectronics and bio-nanotechnology;
  • Emergence: origin of life and other complex systems;
  • Structure and function of colour in reef corals and other marine organisms;
  • Diseases of great barrier reef corals;
  • Algal symbioses of corals and other marine organisms;
  • Microcellular control and stress responses of coral symbiosis;
  • Biology and morphology of symbiotic dinoflagellates;
  • Cellular adaptations for light capture of deep water marine organisms;
  • Anthozoan cellular adaptations for light creening and amplification;
  • Imaging and biotechnological applications of anthozoan gfp-type proteins;
  • Second-harmonic microscopy of natural biological polymers;
  • Archaeological research.
Physical Sciences
  • Light alloy design;
  • Design of advanced steels;
  • Grain boundary segregation and embrittlement;
  • Structure-property relationships in optical fibre materials;
  • Characterisation of quantum well nanostructures;
  • Dopant distributions in semiconductors;
  • Zeolite nanocrystals;
  • Porous clay nanostructures, metal oxide nanoparticles, nanofibres and nanotubes;
  • Advanced applications of microscopy for the design of new nanomaterials;
  • Developing key engineering nanocomposites by new synthesis techniques;
  • Adsorption and catalysis for environmental protection;
  • Novel application of microscopy in chemistry;
  • Reactions of metal oxide and hydrous oxides in wet chemistry processes.
Technique Development
  • Atomic-resolution imaging and analysis;
  • Super-resolution in confocal and non-linear microscopy;
  • Image analysis for microscopy;
  • 3-D visualisation and quantification;
  • X-ray micro- and nanotomography;
  • Atom probe tomography;
  • Electron energy loss spectroscopy;
  • Spectrum imaging in microanalysis;
  • Computational microscopy and microanalysis;
  • Calculation and measurement of electronic structure and bonding;
  • Novel methods for phase imaging;
  • Microanalysis of cellular processes.