Our approach

Themes

Our research is grouped into three themes that directly address societal challenges and will help build a knowledge- and technology-based economy. These themes are:

Energy and Environment

Energy and environment

As the global demand for energy rises, it is increasingly important that this demand be met with environmental sustainability in mind. The energy and environment theme is focused on finding sustainable approaches to energy generation, storage and distribution to meet the needs of the modern world.

 Energy and Environment

Health and medicine

With a growing world population comes greater demand on healthcare systems. Our research in health and medicine aims to improve the detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease and medical conditions using nanotechnologies.

 Energy and Environment

Communications, computing and security

Traditional computers are quickly reaching their limits in terms of transistor size and speed, and there is growing demand for ever faster communications with better security. Our work in the communications, computing and security theme is helping to build the next generation of information and communication technology to enable the knowledge economy.



These Research Themes are enabled by the infrastructure in the Sydney Nanoscience Hub and other Core Research Facilities at the University. The Themes are also supported by our Domains.


Domains

DOMAINS of expertise represent our people-based platform and reflect disciplinary areas of research strength. Our current research Domains are:

Quantum Science

Quantum Science

Quantum information theory and cryptography; quantum computing and simulation; quantum device engineering; quantum control and precision metrology.

MNano-Photonics

Nano-Photonics

Nanoscale photonic chips and hybrid nano-plasmonic and electro-optical-phononic circuits; next-generation integrated circuit technologies; on-chip system architectures; detection and sensing systems; microfluidic devices; metamaterials and nonlinear optics.

Materials on the Nanoscale

Materials on the Nanoscale

Novel nanoscale structures and functionality of materials and systems; advanced characterization and measurement; modeling and simulation of many-body systems; nanoporous materials and interfaces.

Molecular Nanoscience

Molecular Nanoscience

Synthetic and biological nanoparticles; nanomedicine and targeted drug delivery; advanced nano-bio-spectroscopy and imaging; nano-biosensors for biomarker detection; cell interfacing and biocompatible surfaces; polymer science; self-assembly and synthesis of novel nanostructures; DNA nanotechnology.