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University of Sydney & SU virtual workshop - Theme #4: Optics

November 4, 2020 - 8:00 am (Paris time)

The exploration of the state of materials science research at the University of Sydney and Sorbonne University ends with the theme of optics on Wednesday 4 November.

This last theme closes the series of 4 workshops started on October 14th and is part of the strategic partnership between Sorbonne University and the University of Sydney, to stimulate scientific exchanges and create synergies between research teams.

Practical information

  • Date: Wednesday 4 November 2020
  • Time: 08:00 - 9:30 Paris time / 17:00 - 18:30 Sydney time
  • Location: Zoom Webinar

Registrations: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/sydney-and-sorbonne-joint-workshop-on-materials-science-optics-tickets-124644136969


  • 8 :00 - 8:10 : Welcome
    Prof. David McKenzie, Professor of Materials Physics, School of Physics, University of Sydney,
    Prof. Mathieu Salanne, PHENIX Laboratory, Sorbonne University
  • 8 :10 - 8 :20 : Dr. Mathieu Mivelle, Paris Institute of Nanosciences (INSP), Sorbonne University
  • 8:20 - 8:30 : Prof. Ben Eggleton, Director of the University of Sydney Nano Institute, University of Sydney
  • 8:30 - 8:40 : Dr. Emmanuel Maisonhaute, Laboratory of Interfaces and Electrochemical Systems (LISE), Sorbonne University
  • 8:40 - 8:50 : Dr. Girish Lakhwani, Senior Lecturer, School of Chemistry, University of Sydney
  • 8:50 - 9:00 : Dr. Richard Hostein, Paris Institute of Nanosciences (INSP), Sorbonne University
  • 9:00 - 9:10 : Prof. Martijn De Sterke, Professor in Physics, University of Sydney
  • 9 :10 : Discussions, conclusions and next steps
    Prof. David McKenzie, Professor of Materials Physics, School of Physics, University of Sydney,
    Prof. Mathieu Salanne, PHENIX Laboratory, Sorbonne University



Benjamin Eggleton

Institut Nano de l'Université de Sydney, Université de Sydney

Professor Benjamin Eggleton is the Director of The University of Sydney Nano Institute. He also currently serves as co-Director of the NSW Smart Sensing Network (NSSN). Eggleton was the founding Director of the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science (IPOS) at the University of Sydney and served as Director from 2009-2018. He was previously an ARC Laureate Fellow and an ARC Federation Fellow twice and was founding Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) from 2003-2017.

Richard Hostein

Institut des NanoSciences de Paris (INSP)

Richard Hostein is a lecturer at the Institute of Nanosciences in Paris, Sorbonne University. He carries out his research within the PMTeQ team (Photons, Magnons and Quantum Technologies) composed of 7 researchers and teacher-researchers and 3 engineers and technicians. Richard Hostein specialises in the experimental study of the optical properties of semiconductor quantum boxes (InAs/GaAs, GaAs/AlGaAs).  Richard Hostein is particularly interested in the possibility of using this type of object in the field of quantum information.

Girish Lakhwani

École de chimie, Université de Sydney

Dr Girish Lakhwani is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney and Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science. He is the group leader of Molecular Photophysics research group and a member of the The University of Sydney Nano Institute. His research is focused on developing spectroscopic methods to study optical and electronic properties of novel nanoscale semiconductor materials for solar energy harvesting, polarisation switching and polariton lasing.

Emmanuel Maisonhaute

Laboratoire Interfaces et Systèmes Electrochimiques (LISE)

Emmanuel Maisonhaute is a professor at the Electrochemical Interfaces and Systems Laboratory, Sorbonne University. He is a member of the LISE team working on the theme From Electrochemical Reactivity to Molecular Mechanisms (DREAMM): this theme focuses on the implementation of innovative methods to understand the electrochemical reactivity of complex molecular systems. This team possesses complementary know-how enabling the custom synthesis of molecules or nanoparticles, the modelling of mechanisms, but also the design of original instrumentation to go beyond the classical boundaries of electrochemistry.

Mathieu Mivelle

Institut des NanoSciences de Paris (INSP)

Mathieu Mivelle is a CNRS researcher from the Institute of NanoSciences of Paris, Sorbonne University. He obtained his PhD at FEMTO-ST (Franche-Comté Electronique Mécanique Thermique et Optique - Sciences et Technologies) in 2011, and joined the INSP after two postdoctorates (ICFO then Institut langevin). Today, he belongs to the Nanostructures and Optics team, which works on light coupling mechanisms in nanometric materials. To do this, they use passive, dielectric or plasmonic, synthetic or natural nanostructures, and then study and optimise their optical properties.

Martijn de Sterk

Ecole de physique de l'Université de Sydney

Professor Martijn de Sterke is Professor in Physics at the University of Sydney. He is a theorist working in optics and photonics, but collaborates closely with experimentalists. His research that is most closely aligned to the workshop is in perfect absorbers, and passive cooling. He has also published in nonlinear optics, wave propagation in random media, guided-wave optics, photonic crystals, microstructured optical fibres and optical Bloch oscillations.


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