Faculty welcomes veski innovation fellow Kenneth Crozier

27 March 2014

Optical technology expert and Melbourne alumnus Professor Kenneth Crozier has returned to the University through a veski innovation fellowship worth $150,000 over three years.

Prof Crozier is a world leading researcher in micro- and nano-optical structures and their applications in medical imaging, sensing and ‘lab-on-a-chip’.

Returning to the School of Physics and the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, where he completed his undergraduate degrees, Prof Crozier will recruit a team of PhD students and research fellows to work on an integrated program of research, education and commercialisation that will also involve training the next generation of Australian optical scientists to further enhance Victoria’s knowledge economy.

“Through this project, we will develop optical technologies based on nanoscience that could enable digital cameras to ‘see’ more than colour, that could enable individual viruses and molecules to be held in place and observed, and that could enable large area biological samples to be imaged at high resolution with unprecedented speed,” Prof Crozier said.

“Optical technologies play a key role in everyday Australian life from the lasers and optical fibres required for high-speed Internet, to the image sensors for digital photography, to the microscopes in research institutes across the country, and the lasers used for cutting edge surgery.”

“I am pleased to be back at the place where it all started.”

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Jim McCluskey congratulated Prof Crozier and welcomed him back to the University.

“Professor Crozier brings his expertise and track record developed through his time at Stanford University as a postgraduate student and postdoctoral fellow, and through his time at Harvard University as a faculty member,” he said.

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