Our research

Our research

Our research is dedicated to the creation of technological solutions to problems relevant to society’s health and environment and solutions that expand the capability of people to achieve their goals. We undertake world-class research with a focus on:

  • Future Wireless Networks
  • Reconfigurable Electronics and Antennas
  • Quantitative Biomedical Sensing, Imaging and Modelling
  • Sustainable Energy Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical and Materials Engineering
  • Optical and Photonics Engineering
  • Power Electronics and Electrical Engineering

Our postgraduate research students benefit from financial and in-kind support, available through several schemes, state-of-the-art facilities and a supportive research environment.

Research themes

Our research areas include:

Future Wireless Networks

Our research staff are internationally recognised and leading experts in future wireless communication systems. There is a strong focus on next generation (5G) wide-area wireless networks, as well as on small scale medical body-area communications. Other research areas include:

  • Airborne communications
  • next-generation mobile cellular network architectures
  • heterogeneous networks
  • body area networks
  • Mm-wave network architectures
  • cognitive communication systems
  • ad-hoc networks
  • device-to-device communications
  • spectrum sharing
  • information theory
  • software defined networking
  • signal processing

Find out more about Future Wireless Networks.

Reconfigurable Electronics and Antennas

With internationally-recognised staff, we are a world-leading team focused to push the horizons of radio frequency electronics and antennas. Our key strengths include pulsed characterisation of microwave devices, electronic device modelling and development of simulation models, e.g. FET and HEMT models, novel antenna concepts for microwave/millimetre-wave regime, and EM modelling and characterisation. We are currently focused on developing compact directional antennas for 5G/millimetre-wave base stations, planar and passive techniques for high-power beam-steering antennas, MMIC design, and SPICE modelling of high voltage/power semiconductor devices. Other areas of interest include flexible antennas for wireless body area networks, ultra-fast digital arithmetic implementations, and low-power System-on-Chip architecture

Find out more about Reconfigurable Electronics and Antennas.

Quantitative Biomedical Sensing, Imaging and Modelling

Our research aims at providing engineering solutions for personalized medicine, where treatments are tailored to the individual patient. We currently focus on the development of a variety of non-invasive medical imaging and sensing technologies in key areas of disease control such as cancer, respiratory disease and neuro-degenerative illness that affect both the young and elderly. We develop hardware and software for cutting-edge quantitative medical imaging technologies such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computerized Tomography (CT) with a focus on quantitative biosensing of physiological and molecular parameters and research drug delivery in the airways. Through in house developed computational simulations we are able to gain a better understanding of biological transport mechanisms. The development of novel sensors help in early detection of disease and novel microfluidic devices enable new bioanalytical sensing and cell sorting. We also play a crucial role in the quality assurance of theragnostic therapies such as in the Australian MRI-Linac project. We engage and collaborate with healthcare industry, several hospitals and research centers that help the translation of our research projects from lab bench to patient bedside.

Find out more about Quantitative Biomedical Sensing, Imaging and Modelling (QUASIMODO).

Sustainable Energy Systems

Our research brings together interdisciplinary expertise and skills in Mechanical and Electronics Engineering in order to tackle global issues pertaining to next generation energy conversion technology, energy efficiency and management. Hot topics include:

  • energy efficiency
  • chemical Processing
  • electric Vehicles and Smart Grid
  • wireless Power Transfer
  • solar-Thermal
  • solar Hydrolysis
  • multi-phase Flows
  • materials Synthesis
  • nanocatalysts

Find out more about Sustainable Energy Systems Engineering

Mechanical and Materials Engineering

This research program focuses on developing and fabricating materials and micro-devices. Hot topics include:

  • Computational particle technologies
  • Inhaler design
  • Functional nano-composite material
  • Semiconductor-based nanosensor
  • High-entropy alloys
  • Risk analysis and accident modelling

Find out more about Mechanical and Materials Engineering.

Optical and Photonics

We have a growing and diverse research group focused on the development of new optical devices for applications in medicine, industry, science and defence. Hot topics include:

  • terahertz technology, systems and applications
  • high power fibre lasers
  • high power diode-pumped mid-infrared fibre lasers
  • microwave photonics
  • micro-structured polymer waveguides
  • multiwavelength lasers

Find out more about Optical and Photonics Engineering


Industry Supported PhD Investigating Metal Extrusion

An exciting and unique opportunity exists for a PhD student to undertake research at Macquarie University to investigate the potential of applying Computational Fluid Dynamics to the metal extrusion process. This project is being undertaken in collaboration with an innovative Australian company with a desire to enhance their ability to predict the performance of their dies to better serve their local and international clients.

The successful applicant will:

  • Be required to be self-motivated and an enthusiastic individual with a passion for developing simulation techniques
  • Be required to have demonstrated knowledge of CFD and modelling of two-phase flows, non-Newtonian fluids and an understanding of the governing equations used by these simulation tool
  • Have some previous experience with using and manipulating openFoam  or creating user defined function for ANSYS
  • Have some previous experience with computer programming
  • Be knowledgeable of material mechanic properties
  • Have experience with CAD and other simulation tools such as FEA.

If interested, applicants are requested to send their CV and a cover letter addressing the requirements listed above to sammy.diasinos@mq.ed.au with the subject heading “PhD application for extrusion CFD research project 2020” by the 24th of February 2020.

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