School of Physical Sciences
Faculty of Sciences
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Stephen completed his BSc (Physics and Theoretical Physics) with first class honours at The University of Adelaide in 2006. From 2007 to 2010 he completed his PhD under the supervision of Tanya Monro, Shahraam Afshar, and Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem on a project titled “Chemical sensing using microstructured optical fibres.” His PhD project was in collaboration with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) and Swinburne University of Technology to develop microstructured optical fibre sensors for the application of corrosion sensing of aircraft. His work spanned theory, simulations, fabrication, and experiments.
Following Stephen's PhD submission he completed a cycling expedition from Australia to the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Sweden via the length of Africa on a recumbent tricycle in order to promote adventure and responsible risk-taking to Scouts and youth in Australia and around the World.
On Stephen's return in August 2011 he began an Australian Research Council (ARC) Super Science Fellowship, investigating novel optical fibre sensing architectures for women’s health. From August 2014 Stephen worked on a Photonics Catalyst Grant with partner company SJ Cheesman to develop high temperature sensors for the Port Pirie minerals and metals processing facility.
In February 2015 Stephen moved to Jena, Germany, to undertake a prestigious Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship at the Institute of Photonic Technology. There he developed new techniques for fabricating nano/micro optical fiber sensors. Since October 2016 Stephen has been working as a Ramsay Fellow at the University of Adelaide.
Stephen's research interests include soft-glass and silica microstructured fibre fabrication, fluorescence sensing modelling, surface functionalisation of optical fibres, optical fibre sensor development, fibre Bragg gratings, and ultra-high temperature sensing.
Date Position Institution name 2016 Ramsay Fellow The University of Adelaide 2014 - 2015 Research Associate The University of Adelaide 2014 - 2016 Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow Institute of Photonic Technology 2011 - 2014 ARC Super Science Fellow The University of Adelaide
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2014 Award Daniel Walker Medal The University of Adelaide — — 2013 Award South Australian Young Achiever Award - Science and Technology Category Channel 9 — — 2012 Award SA Adventurer of the Year Outdoor Educators Association of South Australia Australia — 2012 Award Postgraduate Alumni University Medal The University of Adelaide — — 2012 Scholarship Australia-China Young Researchers Exchange Program Joint program between China Science and Technology Exchange Centre (CSTEC) and the G08 — — 2011 Award SA Science Excellence Awards South Australian State Government Australia — 2011 Award University Doctoral Research Medal The University of Adelaide Australia — 2010 Award Seed Grant Australian Geographic Society Australia — 2010 Award Bob Crompton Prize The University of Adelaide Australia — 2009 Award Postgraduate Student Prize The Australian Optical Society Australia — 2006 Scholarship Photonics Scholarship Defence Science and Technology Organisation Australia — 2006 Award David Sutton Prize The University of Adelaide Australia — 2006 Award University Medal The University of Adelaide Australia — 2005 Award The Fred Jacka Prize The University of Adelaide — — 2005 Award Dean’s Certificate of Merit — — —
Date Institution name Country Title 2007 - 2010 The University of Adelaide Australia Ph.D. 2003 - 2006 The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Year Citation 2016 Monro, T., Lancaster, D., Fuerbach, A., Afshar Vahid, S., Ebendorff-Heidepriem, H., Warren-Smith, S., & Ruan, Y. (2016). 08772697.2, Optical Fiber Sensor. France. 2016 Monro, T., Lancaster, D., Fuerbach, A., Afshar Vahid, S., Ebendorff-Heidepriem, H., Warren-Smith, S., & Ruan, Y. (2016). 2176645, Optical Fiber Sensor. Europe. 2014 Monro, T., Lancaster, D., Fuerbach, A., Afshar Vahid, S., Ebendorff-Heidepriem, H., Warren-Smith, S., & Ruan, Y. (2014). 2008280830, Optical Fiber Sensor. Australia.
|2017||Mitsubishi Heavy Industries||High temperature sensing|
|2017||Mitsubishi Heavy Industries||Sapphire crystal fiber temperature sensor|
|2016||University of Adelaide- Ramsay Fellowship||Imaging microstructured optical fibres for advanced endoscopy||$800,000|
|2015||ARC - Linkage Project||Extreme temperature monitoring for minerals and metals processing||
|2014||SA Government Photonics Catalyst Grant||High temperature optical fibre sensors for mineral and metal processing facility monitoring||$45,000|
|2014||Denis Harwood Foundation Innovation Grant||Distributed High Temperature Sensors for Furnace Monitoring and control||$25,000|
|2014||EU - Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship||Micro-cavity optical fiber sensors for biosensing applications||EUR169,000|
|2013||Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing - Pilot Project||In vivo biophotonics: developing neuroscience applications||$20,000|
|2012||Australian and Chinese Government - Australia-China Young Researchers Exchange Program Scholarship||$3,000|
|2007||Australian Postgraduate Award PhD Scholarship||Fluorescence-Based Chemical Sensing Using Suspended-Core Microstructured Optical Fibres||$75,000|
|2007||Defence Science and Technology Organisation - PhD Top-Up Scholarship||Fluorescence-Based Chemical Sensing Using Suspended-Core Microstructured Optical Fibres.||$30,000|
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2018 Co-Supervisor Biological and Chemical Fiber Sensing Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Liushun Xie 2017 Co-Supervisor Fiber Imaging Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Lu Peng
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