ACS PhototonicsApril 2017: We are on the cover of ACS Photonics!!! the work on High Temperature Single Photon Sources in hBN.




hBN_plasmonicsApril 2017: Our collaborative work with Prof Teri Odom on coupling single emitters in hBN to plasmonic arrays is published in nanoletters! Congrats everyone – great journey!




April 2017: We are growing! we welcome three (!) new PhD students: Aleksandra Trycz (Italy), Johannes Froch (Austria) and Ngoc My Hanh (Vietnam). Good luck guys!


ZaiquanApril 2017: April is busy. Dr Zaiquan Xu receiving an excellence award at Monash University, together with distinguishd Professor Min Gu.





April 2017: we are on the cover of Advanced Materials! The work of Amanuel on ultra bright emitters in gallium nitride. Congrats!





March 2017: We are super excited to report on the hottest Single Photon Emitter yet! The work by Mehran and the guys is published in ACS Photonics. There is a cover coming up as well….



Lunch in JapanMarch 2017: Igor is visiting Kyoto University  – Prof Norikazu Mizuochi. One day Photonis symposium hosted by Prof Takeuchi and this is how lunch is done.




February 2017: We welcome our new team membern – Dr Sejeong Kim who will finally make us high Q photonic cavities! Welcome Sejeong and good luck!



February 2017: Our work on single emitters in GaN in collaboration with Dirk Englund is published in Advanced Materials and got picked up by a few tech and physics blogs: Phys.orgUTS News Room, Semiconductor-today



adom201600939-gra-0001February 2017: our work on oxidized 2D WS2 is published in advanced optical materials. More quantum emitters! periodic table here we come 🙂




February 2017: We are very excited to welcome a new team member! Dr Carlo Bradac is joining us a Chancellor Postdoctoral Fellow! Welcome!

January 2017: Igor receives the prestigious 2017 IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Laser Physics and Photonics (Applied Aspects) for  outstanding contributions to research on quantum emitters in wide band-gap semiconductors”. Congratulations!

January 2017: We welcome our first international guest for the year – Bernd Sontheimer from Humboldt Univ of Berlin! Enjoy your stay, mate!

It was a great year, all the best wishes for 2017! Have a Merry Xmass and a Happy New Year!


November 2016: Our group gets 2 (out of the 17) Academy Honorific medals! Igor received the Pawsey medal and Jin received the John Booker medal.  fantastic news!



November 2016: group BBQ! 


October 2016: great news to read how our students have real impact on the world! well done Russell for developing the communication program aimed at assisting deaf people in Australia. 

October 2016: Congratulations to Charlene Lobo who was promoted to A/Prof and our esteemed team leader Milos Toth who is now officially a professor! Well done both!

am-2016-098755_0009October 2016: our work on large scale hexagonal boron nitride is published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces




October 2016: we welcome a long friend and collaborator – Prof Francesca Iacopi who joined UTS! Welcome and look forward working with you!

largecoverSeptember 2016: We are on the cover of nature Photonics with our review on single photon emitters!!! Drop by for a hard copy!










keremSeptember 2016: Kerem Bray wins The International Conference on Diamond and Carbon Materials  (ICDCM) “Young Scholar Award”! nice Kerem!




nanoscaleSeptember 2016: Our work on etching of hexagonal boron nitride is now published in nanoscale! well done Chris and the team! boron nitride rules!



SiV nanodiamonds

August 2016: Our work on stable, narrow-band silicon vacancy (SiV) emitters in nanodiamonds in collaboration with Weibo Gao (NTU) is published in Phys. Rev. Appl. We are still very much active in the diamond business! more to come!



August 2016: Congratulations to Olga on her promotion!!! Well done and well deserved!

coverJuly 2016: Our newest work on single emitters in hexagonal boron nitride in collaboration with the group of Prof Dirk Englund (again :)) at MIT is published in ACS Nano!! What an excellent year so far!




getThumbnailJuly 2016: Our work on single emitters in SiC in collaboration with the group of Prof Dirk Englund at MIT is published in Optica!




July 2016: we welcome our 3rd IBMD postdoc – Dr Zaiquan Xu, who will be working on 2D materials!


olga and George Whitesiedes

July 2016: Olga meets one of the greatest Chemists of all times – Prof George Whitesides. nice shot!




 June 2016: Igor is spending three weeks with Prof Mark Newton at Warwick University, UK, as part of his IAS visiting fellowship.  There will be a lot of EPR going on!

June 2016: Congratulations to Sumin on submitting his PhD thesis on ZnO nanophotonics! Good luck in your future endeavors!

June 2016: Igor joins the Editorial Board of Advanced Optical Materials. A great journal to publish your photonics results.

sci-stardust-galaxyJune 2016: Our graduate Aiden Martin and Milos Toth are one step closer to work for NASA! So what are galaxies made of?





May 2016: Milos and Igor are attending the NDNC 2016 conference in beautiful Xi’an, China. Next year meeting is in Cairns, Australia! visit the!


May 2016: Congratulations to Dayong Jin for leading the first successful research hub out of UTS!!! The ARC Research Hub for Integrated Device for End-user Analysis at Low-levels (IDEAL) received $3.7! It is a collaboration between leading industrial partners in the bio-medical space, UniSA and UTS!

May 2016: We welcome our first IBMD Postdocs – Dr Hien Duong and Dr Gediminas Seniutinas; Gediminas will work on photonic sensing and Hien will focus on bio-imaging. Good luck guys! 

April 2016: Amanuel and Toan awarded the Vice Chancellor travel award to attend CLEO 2016 in San Jose. Well done guys!

April 2016: Igor was awarded the Humboldt Research Fellowship to visit the groups of Prof Benson and Prof Jelezko! He also received the JSPS invitation fellowship to visit the laboratory of Prof Mizuochi (Kyoto). Congrats!

Diamond with Photon glossy blue particlesApril 2016: Kerem’s and Russell’s work on localization of quantum emitters at grain boundaries is published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces




March 2016:  Igor is attending the APS meeting in Baltimore and the Spring MRS meeting in Phoenix.


PhysRevApplied.5.034005March 2016: our work on quantum emitters in bulk hBN is published in Physical Review Applied 

February 2016: Dr Andreas Schell from Kyoto was visiting us for a week! awesome times!


iconn_1February 2016: we are all heading to ICONN 2016 in Canberra! The Photonics crew had a good time 🙂

Toan won the best poster award! Congrats Toan!




January 2016: First work from John on growth of cobalt nanowires is published in nanoscale! Well done John!

Igor and CarloJanuary 2016: Welcome back everyone! First even of the year is the Global Young Scientist Summit that Igor attended. Some recognizable VIPs were spotted. Good catchup with some Aussie mate as well!

 It was a great year, all the best wishes for 2016! Have a Merry Xmass and a Happy New Year!


December 2015: Dynamic Pattern formation in diamond is published in PRL. Congrats Aiden and Alan!


jeffNovember 2015: Prof Jeffrey Reimers wins the 2016 David Craig Medal for this work on quantum modelling of biological and energy systems. This is one of the most prestigious medals from the Australian Academy of Science! Congrats!



November 2015: Igor Aharonovich wins the 2016 IEEE Young Investigator Award for contribution to the development of single photon emitters in wide bandgap materials. He is going to present a talk at CLEO 2016. Congrats Igor! ARC Highlight.


charleneNovember 2015: Our own, Dr Charlene Lobo is advocating for gender equality and women career progression in a workplace! well done Charlene – a very importan
t topic indeed. The full story is here.




October 2015: ARC announcements: Dr Jinghua Fang has received a highly competitive ARC DECRA! Well done Jinghua! This is the first DECRA fellowship within our group!

nnanoOctober 2015: Congratulations to Toan, Kerem, Mike, Milos and Igor for their debut in Nature Nanotechnology! Toan’s work on single emitters in hexagonal boron nitride monolayers appeared today in Nature Nanotechnology! News and Views were picked up by, Hacked and Laserfocusworld . Great Job Toan!



October 2015: Congratulations to Jeff Reimers, Mike Ford and their colleagues for the PNAS paper, A priori calculations of the free energy of formation from solution of polymorphic self-assembled monolayers“.

October 2015: Dr Olga Shimoni brings the largest fellowship so far in our group – $600,000 towards employing nanodiamonds to cure dementia. Dr Shimoni is now a NHMRC- ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow. CONGRATS OLGA!!! Details are here.


October 2015: Igor wins the 2015 Young Tall Poppy Science Award! Igor thanks AIPS and is looking forward for fascinating outreach activities in the year to come!


UTSResearchAwrds2015-296October 2015: Igor is awarded the UTS VC award for research excellence (ECR category)! Congratulations also to the other winners and finalists from the faculty of Science (Liz Harry,  Professor Claude Roux, Bronwyn O’Brien, Dominic Hare)!



October 2015: The group is growing! Dr Jinghua Fang is joining us from CSIRO and Daniel Totonjian joins us a hard working undergraduate! Good luck guys!


IMG_0428September 2015: More achievements to our team members: Sumin Choi received the best presentation award at the 2015 E-MRS Fall meeting for this work on ZnO emitters! congrats Sumin!




am-2015-06341a_0010 August 2015: New e-beam papers are coming out: Electron beam induced etching of carbon, Electron-Beam-Induced Deposition as a Technique for Analysis of Precursor Molecule Diffusion Barriers and Prefactors and, Localized Probing of Gas Molecule Adsorption Energies and Desorption Attempt Frequencies



Bradley+Walsh+Dayong+Jin+Australian+Museum+vZiRfFHaMDYlAugust 2015: Massive Eureka news:Jin Dayong and the Super Dots team won the 2015 Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research – See more at:



July 2015: Congratulations to Jin Dayong and the Super Dots team for beeing selected as a finalist in the 2015 Eureka University of New South Wales Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research. Great start at UTS, Jin.


June 2015: Our collaborative work with CSIRO on plasmonic metamaterials appears in Advanced Optical Materials and gets the cover.





June 2015: Toan’s work on facile self assembly of nanodiamonds with plasmonic waveguides is published in Advanced Materials. Congratulations Toan!





Image of Dayong Jin

June 2015: We are delighted to welcome Prof Jin Dayong(ARC Future Fellow) to UTS. Jin will be working closely with our group and establish a new Institute for Biomedical Materials & Devices (IBMD). Jin is one of the leading scholars in the Australian Science Community and has strong track record in Bio-Photonics. He is already making news, and his profile can be found here. Good Luck Jin!!!



May 2015: We finished installing the Diamond Microwave CVD machine. we can grow diamonds now. Thanks Russell and Geoff for the hard work.

April 2015: Amanuel’s work on electrical excitation of silicon vacancies centers in diamond is published in Appl. Phys. Lett. well done Amanuel!




April 2015: UTS opens door to a new clean room. Check our facilities page.


April 2015: Welcome Carla  – our new undergraduate group member and Stefan – Honours student. Good luck to both of you and have a lot of fun.


March 2015: Olga Shimoni and colleagues from Melbourne University published their work on “A graphene field-effect transistor as a molecule-specific probe of DNA nucleobases” in Nature Communications.

February 2015: Two of the Olga’s papers on the protein-nanodiamond interaction and on the nanoporous membrane for DNA detection and purification have been published in Nanoscale. Check the publication list.

February 2015: We are delighted to welcome Prof Yeshayahu (Shay) Lifshitz as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at UTS. Shay is a world leader in Carbon nanomaterials, and its a pleasure hosting him here. Enjoy your stay in Sydney.

February 2015: Our work on understanding defects in ZnO is published in Adv. Opt. Mater. Well done Sumin! Great job.

1February 2015: first paper of the year “Enhanced photoluminescence from single nitrogen-vacancy defects in nanodiamonds coated with phenol-ionic complexes” is published online in Nanoscale. and there is a “Bloody diamond” cover too…



January 2015: welcome back everybody! Welcome Kerem Bray and Russell Sandstrom for your PhD journey

Merry Xmas and Happy New 2015 to everyone!!

December 2014:  Congratulations to Kerem, Russell and Rudy for their Honours completion! Also, a few last papers are now online from our group! check the publication list!

November 2014: Aiden’s work is highlighted on the National news!!

November 2014: ARC Announcements! Congratulations to Prof Matthew Phillips, Prof Mike Ford, Dr Cuong Ton-That and Prof Jeff Reimers for their successful Discovery Projects! Excellent outcomes!


Finally, we have a group photo! hooray!

group photo














October 2014: Olga Shimoni receives the Ramaciotti establishment grant that supports emerging Early Career Researchers in the Biomedical Research! Well done Olga!!!!

September 2014: Igor is invited to attend the First Commonwealth Science Conference to be held in Bangalore, India. Should be good!

September 2014: Welcome Toan, Asghar and Mehran – our new PhD students. good luck!

diamondAugust 2014: A new review on Diamond Nanophotonics is published in Advanced Optical Materials by Igor and Elke Neu.




cover_tobyAugust 2014: Toby’s work, “Localized chemical switching of the charge state of nitrogen-vacancy” is highlighted on the cover of Applied Physics Letters. This is our second cover for the year! well done guys!





3MT compeittion Cameron ZachresonAugust 2014: Cameron is the runner up in the 3 minute thesis competition at the faculty of Science! well done Cam!




Picture1August 2014: two papers on SiC nano-structures that emit single photons have been published. The work on SiC tetrapods appeared in Nanoscale while the paper on cubic SiC nanocrystals appeared in ACS Nano


July 2014: We are going to Germany! one invited (Milos) and two contributed talks (Aiden and Toby) at the annual Focused Electron Beam Induced Processing conference in Germany. Enjoy guys!


coverJuly 2014: Sumin’s work on single photon emission from ZnO nanoparticles is featured on the cover of Appl. Phys. Lett.



June 2014: two new papers from our group appear in ACS Appl. Mater & Inter. Cam debuts with his work on Electron Beam Controlled Restructuring of Luminescence Centers in Polycrystalline Diamond and Olga developed a templated approach to produce diamond patterns


May 2014: “Diamond set to sparkle”. Our work on Subtractive 3D printing of Diamond is published in Scientific Reports. The work was immediately picked up by MIT Technology Review – one of the most important online technology blogs and Chemistry World – One of the major Chemistry magazines. Well done all!!!


May 2014: Igor will deliver a Science in Focus talk! more details here


April 2014: PhD scholarship and a top-up available for a project on modeling of molecules and chemical reactions at surfaces. Prior experience in DFT or other quantum chemistry modeling methods is preferred. Interested candidates should contact Milos Toth or Mike Ford.

April 2014: New Capabilities! A high resolution TEM, a zetasizer for particle analysis and a Reactive Ion Etching tool are added to our facilities portfolio. We thank the UNSW node of the ANFF Network for the donation of the RIE tool.

April 2014: We are growing!  Three more PhD students join our group: Amanuel, Anton and Hao are going to expand our work on nanophotonic devices. Good luck guys!

March 2014: Toby Shanley, Igor Aharonovich and colleagues from Harvard University and Iowa University at the USA publish their work on “Synthesis of luminescent europium defects in diamond” in Nature Communications. UTS newsroom

March 2014: Igor Aharonovich and Charlene Lobo are organizing the 2014 Australian Nanotechnology Network Early Career Researchers workshop. The workshop will be held at UTS in July! more details are here.


Feb 2014: We welcome our first Chancellor Postdoctoral Fellow – Dr Olga Shimoni! Olga is joining us from the University of Melbourne, and is going to focus on bio-sensing and bio-materials at UTS! Welcome Olga!


Igor and Milos express their opinion on the progress of quantum information in silicon carbide. Read it in Nature Physics.



Feb 2014: Members of our group are presenting at major conferences.  Milos and Matt are attending Photonics West. Igor, Toby, Aiden, Cameron, Kit and Sumin are presenting at ICONN.

Jan 2014: Congratulations to Professor Matthew Phillips who recently accepted an invitation to serve on the International Advisory Board (IAB) for the Thai National Nanotechnology Center (NANOTEC) for a 3-year term commencing in 2014. The NANOTEC IAB composes of 9 leading scientists from around the world.  For further information about Thai NANOTEC please refer to the following website:

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