The Electron Science Research Institute carries out fundamental and applied research in microelectronics, photonics and nano-technology to develop novel integrated intelligent structures for applications in the ICT, Health, Agri-bio, Security, Sensing, Defense and Environment sectors.
With state-of-the-art facilities, the Institute is a dynamic frontier for postgraduate research that attracts industry and government participation in research projects.
ESRI brings together researchers, postgraduate students and national and international collaborators to find practical solutions to issues faced by industry, based on emerging technologies. Over the last 12 years, through continued support for ESRI from ECU and external R&D grants, Director of ESRI, Professor Kamal Alameh has managed to establish a stimulating and challenging research environment with truly multidisciplinary strengths. This has produced breakthrough concepts to allow revolutionary progress in electronics, photonics and materials science research.
Several ESRI research projects place the Institute among the world’s best and see ECU researchers working with industry and government partners. These projects include:
Energy harvesting clear glass for building-integrated photovoltaics applications and self-sustainable glasshouse horticulture;
Optoelectronics-based plant identification and weed detection sensors for precision agriculture; and
Nano-engineered high-performance magneto-optic materials for ultra-high-speed optical switching, molecular sensing and digital forensics.
The Director of ESRI, Professor Alameh has pioneered the integration of microelectronic and photonic sciences and developed a new and practical research area, “Micro-Photonics” which has been highly attractive to industry achieving innovative solutions for multiple sectors. In 2007, ESRI was the recipient of the WA Inventor of The Year Award (Early Stage Category) for ‘High-speed chip-to-chip optical interconnects’.
Professor Alameh’s current research activities range from tunable lasers, photonics-based plant discrimination and identification systems, high-speed optical inter-connects, reconfigurable photonics and micro-photonic sensors, to nano-thickness monitoring, photovoltaic (PV) clear glass panels and nano-engineered magnetophotonic crystals. Professor Alameh is well published and has also filed 24 patents over technologies and discoveries that have wide commercial potential. Professor Alameh has been exceptionally well supported with funding from successful grant applications totaling in excess of $20M.
ESRI is amongst the largest and most successful optoelectronics, photonic- and materials science-related research institutes in Western Australia.