Nanoscience describes the investigation of matter with sizes on the order of a billionth of a metre. On this length scale, we can control interactions between particles, light and atoms to probe and utilise unique quantum effects. In addition to providing fundamental insights into physics at these very small sizes, nanoscience may provide solutions to significant problems in telecommunications, quantum computing, biosensing and imaging as well as addressing global challenges such in sustainability and improving health in developing countries.
Researchers in the School are working toward the development of a solid-state quantum computer, new forms of optical and electron imaging, novel optical sensors, and new approaches to bionics. We are also probing the physics of light-matter interactions and electronic systems on the nanoscale. The School houses world-class laboratories and, through strategic partnerships with the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication and the Australian Synchrotron, researchers have local access to state-of-the-art nanofabrication and imaging tools. We are also using theoretical and computational techniques to explore fundamental physics at the nanoscale to enhance our understanding of novel nanoscale phenomena.