TMOS is about to develop the next generation of miniaturised optical systems with applications beyond current imagination. Meta-optics has the potential to revolutionise a vast array of industries, with the same disruptive power as the transistor.
Together, we will overcome complex challenges in light generation, manipulation, and detection at the nanoscale. Our research will evolve into technologies such as moving holograms, artificial vision that can see the invisible, wearable medical devices, and ultra-fast light-based Wi-Fi.
We are a trans-disciplinary team of world leaders in science, technology and engineering, and through our commitment to developing our team, we will prepare outstanding innovators from diverse backgrounds to be future leaders for decades to come.
The world’s largest meta-optics research group.
Want to study with us?
Available Research Projects
Australian National University
CIs Fu, Jagadish, & Tan
- Development of electrically injected nano-scale lasers and light emitters
- Enhancing the efficiency of quantum emitters using semiconductor nanocavities
- Synthesis of novel shape-engineered nanostructures for optoelectronic applications
- Integrated nanowire gas/bio sensors
- Integrated nanowire/metasurface infrared photodetectors
- Quantum well nanowire LEDs and photodetectors
- Liquid crystals and metasurfaces: towards full wave control / Tunable metasurfaces
- Quantum photonics with nanostructured metasurfaces (summer project)
- Metasurface polarization optics / detect (summer project)
- Multi-stimuli thin films for tomorrow’s electronics and optics
- Tunable metasurfaces towards next generation flat optical devices
University of Melbourne
CIs Crozier & Roberts
- Plasmonics and metamaterials
- Structural Colouration and Filters
- Advanced Holograms
- Metasurface-enabled photodetectors (visible wavelengths)
- Metasurface-enabled photodetectors (infrared wavelengths)
- Tunable meta-optics with Phase-Change Materials
- Imaging and optical tweezers
- Nanophotonic devices for information processing and imaging
- Wavefront Sensing with Metasurfaces
- Ghost-Imaging with Metasurfaces
- Optical Nanotweezers
University Technology Sydney
- Quantum Emitters in atomically thin materials
- Graphene – Silicon Carbide Ultrathin Metasurfaces for Infrared Detection and Filters (multiple positions available)
- Nanofabrication techniques for integrated quantum photonics
University of Western Australia
CIs Faraone & Martyniuk
- Next generation infrared sensing and imaging technologies
- Next generation sensing and imaging using MEMS technologies complemented with metamaterial functionality
Who should apply?
We’re searching for students who want to make a difference with their research. If you think you fit the following, express your interest in studying with us.
- Motivated, curious, and self-driven
- Honours or Masters in physics or engineering
- Ability to live and study in Australia
Why do a PhD with TMOS?
By joining an ARC Centre of Excellence, you get to study with a world-leading supervisor at a prestigious university with the additional benefit of cross-institution collaboration, giving you the opportunity to work with the best researchers of meta-optics across Australia and internationally.
A PhD project with TMOS offers:
- cross institution supervision
- domestic and international exchange programs
- industry internships
- professional development opportunities
- top up scholarships
- opportunities to network with senior researchers in the field
- opportunities to participate in our outreach program
Being part of the TMOS Outreach committee has allowed me to share our new science with the next generation.
Lesley Spencer, University of Technology Sydney
TMOS researchers have access to state-of-the-art facilities across the country. Our Capabilities and Facilities Register enables our team to work collaboratively by travelling to other universities to get the results they need to move forward.
There are five primary participating universities with relevant laboratories at each:
- Australian National University
- University of Melbourne
- University of Technology Sydney
- University of Western Australia
TMOS has given me opportunities to explore new and innovative ideas on optical sensing with metasurfaces. I enjoy the research facilities and cross-node expertise.
Shridhar Manjunath, Australian National University
Studying in Australia
Australia is an attractive destination for PhD students because it offers a dynamic culture that balances work life and social life. It is a multicultural society with buzzing cities, relaxed atmospheres, and plenty of places to explore.
Doing a PhD in Australia takes significantly less time than it does in other countries (typically four years) and work opportunities are plentiful. With a student visa, Australia is an easy place to emigrate to.
Successful students will be supported by their university as they make the overseas transition.
It’s an amazing feeling when you engineer new devices with light manipulation capabilities that are not commonly found in nature.
Wendy Lee, University of Melbourne