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Structured light, photonic chip, nanophotonics, nano-optics, hyperspectral imaging, fibre optics, quantum nanophotonics


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Dr Haoran Ren is currently holding an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship at the School of Physics and Astronomy at Monash University. He held a Macquarie University Research Fellowship at Macquarie University and a Humboldt Research Fellowship at LMU Munich. He holds an Honorary Research Fellow position at the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at Macquarie University. He got a PhD from Swinburne University of Technology in 2017. He is an Associate Investigator for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems (TMOS) and a member of APL Photonics Early Career Editorial Advisory Board. He was awarded the 2022 ANZOS Geoff Opat Early Career Researcher Prize, the 2017 Victoria Fellowship, and the 2016 Outstanding Self-financed Chinese Students Abroad (the Special Prize). His nanophotonics research exploits the full potential and multi-dimensional nature of light, seeking to uncover the underlying physics in structured light-matter interactions at the nanoscale. His research has been featured by 2023 Rising Star of Light Candidate Award, 2022 Emerging Leaders in Journal of Optics and 2022 MQ Research Spotlight.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Education/Academic qualification

Optics, PhD, Nanophotonics manipulation of angular momentum of light for information optics, Swinburne University of Technology

20 Mar 201317 Feb 2017

Award Date: 17 Feb 2017

External positions

Honorary Research Fellow, Macquarie University

1 Jun 202231 May 2027

Associated Investigator, The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems

1 Jan 202231 Dec 2023

Research area keywords

  • Nanophotonics
  • Structured light
  • Integrated photonics
  • Quantum optics
  • Holographic display
  • Optical sensing
  • Fibre optics
  • Meta-optics
  • Plasmonics
  • Orbital angular momentum

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