RMIT University

RMIT is a global university of technology and design and Australia's largest tertiary institution. It has three campuses in Melbourne, Australia, two campuses in Vietnam and a centre in Barcelona, Spain. RMIT brings unique capabilities to research through a transdisciplinary approach. Our academic expertise, strong links to research partners and consideration of technological and social dimensions enables us to find solutions to critical problems impacting communities and the environment.

RMIT Node focus

The RMIT University node of CNBP will focus on two of the four science themes. The experimental team will focus on Science theme 1 – Illuminate – and will explore advanced optical materials that efficiently deliver and collect light to and from cells and molecules locally. This will allow us to non-invasively probe individual interacting biomolecules by using nanoparticle-based “lamps”. This science theme pursues bio-compatible fluorescent nanoparticles, next generation optical fibres and nanoparticle enriched hybrid materials. The theoretical team is working to improve measurement systems and understand the fundamental limits of measurement, science theme 3 – Measure. Every photon is precious, and we want to ensure that each photon is optimally delivered, extracted and interrogated to achieve the Centre’s goal of developing windows into the body. We will derive the fundamental equations that allow us to understand the limits of sensing, in terms of power, temporal and spatial resolution; as well as design new platforms for the delivery and extraction of light from biological targets of interest.

Research work at the RMIT node will be supported by two major RMIT facilities, located at the City Campus, Melbourne:

The MicroNano Research Facility (MNRF) with comprehensive facilities for the design, modelling, fabrication, packaging, and characterisation of micro and nano scale devices. The MNRF is part of the Victorian node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility.

RMIT Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility (RMMF) which houses high-quality electron microscopy and microanalysis equipment. The RMMF is a linked lab of the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility.


CIs Brant Gibson and Andrew Greentree in the RMIT Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility (RMMF)· 

University of Adelaide 

Established in 1874, the University of Adelaide is Australia’s third oldest university. With an international reputation for conducting world-leading research across a wide spectrum of areas, we are consistently ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide and are a member of the Group of Eight; a coalition of Australia’s foremost research intensive universities. The University of Adelaide is committed to delivering world-class research with tangible outputs of global significance.

Adelaide Node Focus 

As the largest of the CNBP Nodes, Adelaide has researchers working directly across all of the Scientific themes and challenges. CNBP research working at the University of Adelaide are members of the Institute of Photonics and Sensing (IPAS) as well as being supported by the Faculty of Sciences (School of Chemistry and Physics) and Faculty of Health Sciences (School of Paedeatrics, Medical Sciences and Medicine)


The Braggs, home of the CNBP at the University of Adelaide


Prof Monro and A/Prof Ebendorff-Heidelpriem alongside the small fibre drawing tower


Macquarie University

Macquarie University is a public research university based in Sydney, Australia. Founded in 1964 by the New South Wales Government, the University is renowned for its interdisciplinary research and teaching, highly skilled graduates as well as first-class facilities. It is a university of service and engagement - engaging students and staff through transformative learning and life experiences, and serving the world through discovery, dissemination of knowledge and ideas, innovation and deep partnerships.

Macquarie Node Focus 

Macquarie University is one of the three pillars of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP). Over fifty researchers, staff and students from the University, spanning a wide range of disciplines, contribute to CNBP activity to develop new light based sensing tools that will unlock our understanding of the human body at a cellular and molecular level. 

Macquarie University Professors Ewa Goldys and Nicki Packer lead research themes within the CNBP.

Professor Goldys and her team integrate optical and chemical sensing technologies to carry out novel types of biological measurements.

Professor Packer and her team use modern analytical technologies to find targets for the sensors and probes so that they can detect and measure molecular changes.

The Macquarie node is led by Emeritus Professor Jim Piper, former Deputy-Vice-Chancellor (Research) of Macquarie University who acts as a Translational Champion for the Centre.

Below: CNBP Chief Investigator Prof. Nicolle Packer at Macquarie University.

The Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics links Australia's key nanophotonics groups and builds on Global Collaborations with a focus on doing the science required to advance biology.