Erik Schartner

Dr Erik Schartner

Postdoctoral Researcher

School of Biomedicine

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Erik completed his BSc (Optics and Photonics) at the University of Adelaide in 2006. He received a first class honours in experimental physics in 2007, with a project entitled "Optical Fibre Protein Sensors," supervised by Dr Dean Male and Prof. Tanya Monro.

From 2008-2011 he completed his PhD under the supervision of Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, Dr Shahraam Afshar and Prof Tanya Monro on a collaborative project with The Defence Science and Technology Organisation on a project entitled "Hydrogen peroxide sensing with microstructured optical fibres: fuel, wine and babies."

Since the completion of his PhD Erik has worked on a linkage project with Cook Medical, on the development of novel optical fibre probes for measurements of pH and temperature in the local medium surrounding embryos.

He is currently working as a Research Fellow in the Institure for Photonics and Advanced Sensing, and the Centre for Nanoscale Biophotonics. His current research projects involved application of fibre sensors to ultra high temperature industrial applications, and the deployment of novel optical fibre sensors in bioapplications.

Research interests

Fibre fabrication, sensing applications, commercialisation & industry links, in-vivo measurements.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2016 - ongoing Postdoctoral Researcher University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2015 - ongoing Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2012 - 2015 Postdoctoral Researcher, ARC Linkage Grant The University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2017 Award IPAS Best transdisciplinary paper award The University of Adelaide Australia -
    2014 Invitation Invitation to attend 7th HOPE meeting, Tokyo, Japan Australian Academy of Sciences Australia -
    2012 Distinction Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence The University of Adelaide Australia -
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2008 - 2012 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    2003 - 2007 The University of Adelaide Australia B.Sc. (Hons, 1st class)
Date Funding Body Project Role Amount
2017 IPAS Pilot project grant Imaging needles Co-Investigator $10,000
2016 Commercial accelerator scheme (University of Adelaide) Development of a real-time Cancer Cell Detector for achieving clean margins at primary breast cancer surgery Chief Investigator $80,000
2016 IPAS Pilot project grant Hollow-core fibre fabrication Chief Investigator $14,000
2015 IPAS Travel grant 7th HOPE meeting, Tokyo, Japan  Chief Investigator $2,000
2014 IPAS Pilot project grant In vivo fibre sensors Co-Investigator $20,000


  • 1st year physics tutor (2016)
  • 1st year physics lab demonstrating (2008-2012), University of Adelaide
  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2023 Co-Supervisor Advanced Methods of Beam Shaping and Their Implementation in Multiphoton Microscopy Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ramses Eduardo Bautista Gonzalez
    2019 Co-Supervisor Microstructured Optical Fibre Sensing Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Jobaida Akhtar
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2016 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Mechanical and optical characterisation of glass optical fibres for sensing applications Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Mustaf Bekteshi
    2015 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Advanced Preclinical Assessment of Hyper-Nociception Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Azim Arman
    2014 - 2019 Co-Supervisor An optical fibre point temperature sensor for investigation of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, 'ecstasy') induced hyperthermia in the rat brain Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Stefan Tyrone Musolino
  • Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Phone: 83132327
  • Email:
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: The Braggs, floor 1
  • Org Unit: Physics

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