About Professor John Canning

Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research is clearly driving entire fields these days so being prepared to face challenging and diverse frontiers to make genuine contributions in science and engineering is without a doubt as exciting as it gets.

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Professor John Canning is current head of the Interdisciplinary Photonics Laboratories (iPL) within the School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney, Australia. In 2012 he was elected Fellow of SPIE, the largest global cross-disciplinary photonics society, and is Conjoint Professor at the University of New South Wales having helped establish the new national optical fibre fabrication facility, involving nine partner universities. He pioneered the use of 193nm lasers for processing glass waveguides and demonstrated capabilities not possible with other systems. Currently, he leads research in self-assembled photonics, waveguide photonics, photonic devices, sensing and lasers and more. He is actively engaged in supporting and encouraging inter-institutional cross-disciplinary projects across Australia with a particular emphasis in ensuring students are not only world class technically but also in their priority to the national and international good. He is Chief Editor of “Trends in Photonics 2010” a volume reviewing global trends in key areas that had matured to a point of being credible and likely sources of wider benefit for society. He has previously been Otto Monsted Professor (2004) and Villum Kann Rasmussen Professorship (2007) at the Danish Technical University and iNANO, Aarhus University within Denmark respectively, enabling him to work at Denmark’s two leading photonics and nanophotonics centers. He has helped establish and found four companies (Redfern Optical Components; Redfern Integrated Optics; Centaurus Technologies and NanoPlasmonic Imaging Ltd) and has been involved with several others including generating key intellectual property. He has over 500 peer reviewed journal and conference publications, several invited book chapters, one book with two others in preparation and more than 35 patents. He has trained dozens of students (both locally and overseas) and staff over the years, some of whom have gone on to establish their own companies, and has given numerous invited talks and lectures and his students have often won best and runner up paper awards at international conferences, as well as being prodigious producers of peer reviewed work. He has also been closely involved with the University to Sydney’s activities in fostering greater international relations, memorandums of understanding (MOU) with overseas institutions, and student exchange with Europe and Brazil in particular. He is a regular committee member of the leading photonics conferences and has been editor and reviewer of many several journals. He has also served for numerous National Research Funding panels as grant assessor or reader including several European Research Funding Agencies, the Hong Kong Research Council, the Australian Research Council, and the NSERC, Canada, and has been expert advisor for various review panels.

Selected publications

  1. Åslund, ML; Canning, J; Canagasabey, A; de Oliveira, RA; Liu, Y; Cook, K and Peng, G-D. Mapping the thermal distribution within a silica preform tube using regenerated fibre Bragg gratings. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 55 (1-3), 3288-3294, 2012. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2012.02.032
  2. Canning, J. Structured optical fibres. Article in Encyclopeadia of Optical Engineering, (ed. C. Hoffman, R. Driggers), Taylor & Francis, United States, 2012.
  3. Canning, J and Bandyopadhyay, S. Thermally processing glass with nanoscale resolution, In Laser Growth and Processing of Photonic Devices (Ed. Nikos Vainos) Woodhouse Publishing, United Kingdom, 2012.
  4. Canning, J; Padden, W; boskovic, D; Naqshbandi, M; de Bruyn, H and Crossley, MJ. Manipulating and controlling the evanescent field within optical waveguides using high index nanolayers. Optical Materials Express, 1 (2), 192-200, 2011. DOI: 10.1364/OME.1.000192
  5. Canning, J. Structured optical fibres and the application of their linear and non-linear properties. In Selected Topics in Metamaterials and Photonic Crystals (Ed. Antonello Andreone, Andrea Cusano, Antonello Cutolo, Vincenzo Galdi, University of Sannio, Italy), World Scientific, 2011.
  6. Martelli, C; Canning, J; Khoury, T; Skivesen, N; Kristensen, M; Huyang, G; Jensen, P; Neto, C; Sum, TJ; Hovgaard, MB; Gibson, BC and Crossley, MJ. Self-assembled porphyrin microrods and observation of structure-induced iridescence. J. Mater. Chem., 20 (12), 2310-2316, 2010. DOI: 10.1039/b917695k
  7. Martelli, C; Canning, J; Reimers, JR; Sintic, M; Stocks, D; Khoury, T and Crossley, MJ. Evanescent-field spectroscopy using structured optical fibers: Detection of charge-transfer at the porphyrin-silica interface. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 131 (8), 2925-2933, 2009. DOI: 10.1021/ja8081473
  8. Huyang, G; Canning, J; Gibson, BC; Khoury, T; Sum, TJ; Neto, C and Crossley, MJ. Focused ion beam processing and engineering of devices in self-assembled supramolecular structures. Nanotechnology, 20 (48), 485301 (6pp), 2009. DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/20/48/485301
  9. Canning, J; Kristensen, M; Skivesen, N; Martelli, C; Tetu, A and Frandsenk LH. Spectrally narrow polarisation conversion in a slow-light photonic crystal waveguide. Journal of the European Optical Society-Rapid Publications, 4, 09019, 2009.
  10. Canning, JFibre gratings and devices for sensors and lasers.  Invited Review, Lasers and Photonics Reviews, 2 (4), 275-289, Wiley, USA. DOI: 10.1155/2008/239417