Tim Zhao

Dr Tim Zhao

ARC Research Associate

School of Physical Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

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


Dr. Jiangbo (Tim) Zhao is an Associate Investigator of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Nanoscale Biophotonics and a Research Associate at University of Adelaide. He is from Inner Mongolia, China, and holds Ph.D from Macquarie University, Australia. His research interests lie in the interdisciplinary area of photonics, materials, and biomedical science, focusing on light-matter interactions, luminescence in solid state and nanoscale structures, and photonics-based devices for practical applications. His experimental and theoretical work in lanthanide-doped upconversion nanocrystals has led to a better understanding of upconversion luminescence, and to broadband advanced applications from single molecule imaging, rare-event cells detection, remote fibre sensor, to security printing. Tim’s primary research in nanoparticles-embedded glass/fibre provides insight in their chemical, structural and optical properties and is expected to impact applications in the areas of optics and photonics (e.g., light source), imaging and sensing, energy saving (e.g., smart window), and human health (e.g., diabetes, neuroscience).

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2015 Associate Investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) The University of Adelaide
    2013 - 2016 Research Associate The University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2017 Fellowship Humboldt Research Fellowship Germany
    2017 Distinction Seal of Excellence of Marie Curie Fellowship
    2017 Award IPAS Best Early Career Research Paper for 2016 IPAS/The University of Adelaide Australia
    2016 Scholarship Early Career Researcher International Conference Travel Scholarship
    2015 Invitation 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
    2015 Invitation Science at the Shine Dome
    2015 Invitation 7th HOPE Meeting with Nobel Laureates
    2014 Award National Awards for Outstanding Chinese Students Studying Overseas, 2013
    2013 Award Royal Society of New South Wales Scholarships
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2015 Macquarie University Australia Ph.D, in Nano-/Bio-photonics
    2009 University of Science & Technology of China China M.Sc., in Luminescent Nanomaterials
    2006 Inner Mongolia University China B.Sc., in Applied Physics
  • Research Interests

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 Co-Supervisor Develop Transparent Conductive Material Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Xuanzhao Pan
    2017 Co-Supervisor The design and establishment of a microfluidic sensing platform for metal ion and hormone Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Weikun Huang
    2015 Co-Supervisor Transparent Glass-Ceramics Serve as Spectral Layers for Photovoltaic Devices Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yunle Wei
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Tellurite Glass Film for Enhanced Emission and Collection Efficiency of NV Centre in Nanodiamond Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Xuanzhao Pan
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2017 - ongoing Member International Program Committee - BIOIMAGING
    2014 - ongoing Member Asia Nano Forum Young Leaders Committee
  • Position: ARC Research Associate
  • Email: tim.zhao@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4380
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: The Braggs
  • Org Unit: Physics

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