Australian Centre for Water
and Environmental Biotechnology

AWMC Seminar Program: Porous Photonic crystals and their environmental and biomedical applications

Porous Photonic crystals and their environmental and biomedical applications

Abstract: Photonic crystals are materials with uniquely organized nanostructure and display distinguishing optical properties. A number of photonic crystals occur naturally like abalone shell, butterfly wings etc. however, these cannot be applied for environmental and biomedical applications due to various issues. My research focuses on synthetic photonic crystals with ultrahigh surface area made by electrochemical anodization. This process etches nanosized holes into the underlying substrate to generate a porous layer with controllable pore architecture and morphology. The porous nature of these photonic crystals enables filling of the pores with a variety of analytes. The pore filling results in a change in their optical properties depending on the type and concentration of the analyte, which could be used for detecting target species in the environmental and biomedical samples.


Tushar Kumeria is an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellow at the School of Pharmacy, The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. He has co-authored 48 high impact journal publications in various internationally renowned journals in the field of nanomaterials, biomaterials, sensing, and drug delivery. He completed his Ph.D. in 2015 from the University of Adelaide with a Doctoral Thesis Medal and Dean’s Commendation Letter. In 2015, he moved to the USA and spent two years at University of California-San Diego (UCSD) as a postdoc with Prof. M. J. Sailor’s group. His research expertise lies in nanoporous materials and their composite for applications in photonics, sensing, and drug delivery.

Event Details
Date & Time: 
Friday, 07 September 2018
9am - 10am
Venue: AIBN Building 75, Level 1 Seminar Room

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