Withawat Withayachumnankul

Dr Withawat Withayachumnankul

Senior Lecturer - Postgraduate Coordinator

School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

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


Withawat Withayachumnankul completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electronic engineering from King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), Thailand, in 2001 and 2003, and a doctorate degree in electrical engineering with a special commendation from the University of Adelaide, Australia, in 2010. In 2010, he was awarded a 3-year ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship. In 2015, he was a Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) at Tokyo Institute of Technology. He has been a Visiting Researcher at Osaka University in recent years.

Dr. Withayachumnankul is currently a Senior Lecturer and Postgraduate Coordinator at the University of Adelaide, and the founding leader of the Terahertz Engineering Laboratory. Between 2017-2018, he was a Chair of the IEEE South Australia Joint Chapter on Microwave Theory and Techniques (MTT) & Antennas and Propagation (AP). Currently, he is an IEEE Senior Member, and serves as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology. He has authored and co-authored more than 70 journal publication, and has supervised 6 PhD students to completion, all with a commendation. He is a lead investigator for three Australian Research Council (ARC) grants, totalling to over AUD 1M.

His research interests include terahertz technology and metamaterials.

I am the Leader of the Terahertz Engineering Laboratory. Research details can be found from the lab website: https://www.thz-el.org/home

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 Senior Lecturer The University of Adelaide
    2017 - 2020 Visiting Researcher Osaka University
    2014 - 2015 JSPS Visiting Fellow Tokyo Institute of Technology
    2014 - 2017 Lecturer The University of Adelaide
    2010 - 2013 Australian Research Council (ARC) Postdoctoral Research Fellow The University of Adelaide
    2003 - 2012 Lecturer King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2019 Recognition Optical Society (OSA) Outstanding Reviewer Recognition The Optical Society (OSA) United States
    2018 Award Edward E. Altschuler Prize Paper Award IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society United States
    2017 Award Outstanding Reviewer Award, Journal of Optics IOP Science United States
    2017 Award CST Publication Award CST Germany
    2016 Recognition IEEE Senior Member
    2016 Award Outstanding Reviewer Award, Journal of Physics D
    2015 Fellowship JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Japan
    2014 Fellowship Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship (Postdoctoral; ETH Zurich; offered) ETH Zurich Switzerland
    2010 Fellowship ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship Australian Research Council Australia
    2008 Award IEEE LEOS Graduate Student Fellowship by IEEE Photonics Society
    2008 Award SPIE Scholarship in Optical Science and Engineering
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2006 - 2010 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD in Electrical Engineering (Special Commendation)
    2001 - 2003 King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang Thailand MEng in Electronics Engineering
    1997 - 2001 King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang Thailand BEng in Electronics Engineering (Honours)
  • Research Interests

AUSTRALIAN RESEARCH COUNCIL (ARC) GRANTS

  • 2018    ARC Linkage Infrastructure LE180100003, Project Leader, Vector network analyser suite for advanced terahertz materials and devices
  • 2018 – 2020    ARC Discovery Project DP180103561, Project Leader (with Christophe Fumeaux, Tadao Nagatsuma, and Masayuki Fujita)
  • 2017 – 2019    ARC Discovery Project DP170101922, Project Leader (with Madhu Bhaskaran and Yasuaki Monnai)
  • 2015    ARC Linkage Infrastructure LE150100001, Co CI, Collaborative Advanced Spectroscopy Facility for Materials and Devices
  • 2015    ARC Linkage Infrastructure LE150100078, Co CI, Advanced Multimodal Terahertz Spectroscopy and Imaging System for WA
  • 2012 – 2014    ARC Discovery Project DP120100200, Co CI

OTHER EXTERNAL RESEARCH FUNDS

  • 2018    NVIDIA GPU Grant, NVIDIA Corporation 
  • 2017 – 2018    Competitive Evaluation Research Agreement (CERA), the Defence Science and Technology Group (DST), Co CI
  • 2015 – 2016    User Project U2015A0047, Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT), Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories (LANL & SNL)
  • 2015 – 2016    User Project U2015A0046, CINT, LANL & SNL
  • 2013 – 2014    User Project U2012B0061, CINT, LANL & SNL
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Principal Supervisor High Gain and High Efficiency Terahertz Antenna Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Wei Jie Gao
    2018 Principal Supervisor Terahertz Communications Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mohamed Salaheldin Zaki Mohamed Shehata
    2017 Co-Supervisor Advanced Meta surfaces for Beam Polarization manipulation at Tehnhertz and Optical frequencies Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Xiaolong You
    2017 Co-Supervisor Graphene-based Electromagnetic Metasurfaces Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Xiaojing Lv
    2017 Co-Supervisor Microwave Tunable Frequency Selective Surfaces for antenna Beamforming Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Ken Paramayudha
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2014 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Terahertz metasurfaces for wideband polarisation control Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Wendy Suk Ling Lee
    2013 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Efficient Terahertz-Range Beam Control Using Flat Optics Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Daniel Jonathan Headland
    2013 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Optical Metasurfaces Based on Nano-scale Dielectric Resonators Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Chengjun Zou
    2012 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Metamaterial-Inspired Structures for Microwave and Terahertz Applications Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Amir Ebrahimi
    2011 - 2013 Co-Supervisor Dielectric Resonator Antennas: From Multifunction Microwave Devices to Optical Nano-Antennas Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Longfang Zou
    2011 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Terahertz Reflectarrays Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Tiaoming Niu
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  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2018 - ongoing Associate Editor IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology IEEE United States
    2017 - ongoing Board Member Advisory Panel member of Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics
    2017 - 2017 Editor Guest Editor, Journal of Infrared, Millimeter Waves and Terahertz special issue on Terahertz Metamaterials and Photonic Crystals (with Dr. Ibraheem Al-Naib) Springer Germany
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2017 - 2018 Chair IEEE South Australia Joint Chapter on Microwave Theory and Techniques (MTT) & Antennas and Propagation (AP) Australia
  • Review, Assessment, Editorial and Advice

    Date Title Type Institution Country
    2015 - ongoing Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR; France) Grant Assessment Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR; France)
    2014 - 2014 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Grant Assessment German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
    2014 - ongoing Australian Research Council (ARC) Grant Assessment Australian Research Council (ARC)
    2012 - 2012 Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Grant Assessment Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
  • Position: Senior Lecturer - Postgraduate Coordinator
  • Phone: 83131812
  • Email: withawat.withayachumnankul@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4359
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Ingkarni Wardli, floor 3
  • Room: 3 25
  • Org Unit: School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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