Biomedical sensing, nanotechnology and photonics

Our academics are undertaking several areas of emergent research, including biomedical sensing and imaging, nanomaterials and microsensors, and photonics.

Biomedical sensing and imaging

We develop engineering solutions for personalised medicine, including the development of a variety of non-invasive medical imaging and sensing technologies. These technologies are used in key areas of disease control such as cancer, respiratory disease and neuro-degenerative illnesses that affect both the young and elderly.

Our key strengths include:

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Computerized Tomography (CT)
  • novel sensors to help in early detection of disease
  • novel microfluidic devices to 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 leaders in the healthcare industry, including several hospitals and research centres.

Nanomaterials and microsensors

Our team focuses on developing and fabricating nanomaterials and micro-devices for applications across health, energy and environment.

Our key strengths include nanoparticles and nanofilms fabrication for chemical and optical detection of molecules, materials and fabrication methods as well as electrical, mechanical and optical detection methods for particles, molecules and physiological states such as rare cells, blood glucose, and blood pressure.

We also have expertise in bio inspired sensors, microfluidics devices, ion selective membranes, and chemical sensors for water quality monitoring. We have designed and fabricated wearable electronics as well as miniaturized sensor technologies for personalised and preventive medicine.


Our key strengths include the development of high power infrared fibre lasers with high efficiency and high brightness, the demonstration of new emission wavelengths and more general linear and nonlinear guided wave optics. We are particularly interested in working with industry toward the development of new instruments designed for better performance and greater flexibility.

The photonics researchers within the School of Engineering are also involved with MQ Photonics, which is another of Macquarie's strategic research centres.

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Last updated: 19 Nov 2020