Photonics for the environment

Photonics for the environment

Photonics is the cornerstone of techniques for sensing and measuring environmental pollutants from industrial processes, trace minerals in soils, and a host of other difficult-to-measure quantities. The information from these techniques guides environmental management practices and helps secure and manage food and water quality. MQ Photonics is already producing sensing chips for specific applications.

Photonics is leading the way towards more energy-efficient technologies that will help replace the consumption of non-renewable fossil fuels. Examples of such ‘green photonics’ include the white LED (whose inventors were awarded the Nobel Prize in 2014), which will replace incandescent light globes and dramatically reduce electricity consumption, and solar photovoltaics and light harvesting technologies for solar cells.

MQ Photonics has projects of environmental significance in the following areas:

  • THz photonics
  • Advanced cytometry
  • Photonics of spider silks
  • Photonic sensing of marine environments
  • High resolution molecular spectroscopy

Research Groups

For further information please contact: A/Prof Helen Pask, Dr Andrew Lee

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