About Us

Welcome to the Ultrafast and Microspectroscopy Laboratories

The Asian and Oceanian Photochemistry Association conference will be held in Singapore in Dec. 2016:

Please consider registering to attend.

We have recently established the IRRTF Asian Research Network for Characterising Semi-Conducting Materials – A collaboration between the University of Melbourne and key institutions in China and India. Please see the webpage.

We have also established the International Research Network for Development of Antibiotic Peptides (IRNDAP). See the webpage.IMG_0618

In addition, we have been granted funding through the Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme (UA-DAAD) for a collaboration between the UML and the group of Klaus Boldt at the University of Konstanz, Germany.  Peng Zeng, Kyra Schwarz and Trevor Smith have recently visited Konstanz as part of our UA-DAAD scheme activities.  Klaus Boldt and Florian Enders will visit UML in September.



UML plays a role in the IUPAC Sub-Committee on Photochemistry, which offers information relating to all aspects of photochemistry (e.g. the Gold Book).

Support for projects contributing to the advancement of areas of photochemistry is available. See here for a flyer: Poster-IUPAC-Photochemistry-Sub-Committee.


Methods and Applications in Fluorescence:

Published quarterly, Methods and Applications in Fluorescence (MAF) is a new journal with a focus on new developments in (lifetime) spectroscopy, imaging (including microscopy), and probe design, as well as in nano materials (including beads and thin films), optoelectronic components, in data acquisition and processing. (see here for details).  MAF has recently received its first impact factor – it is 2.429.


Medical Photonics:

Formerly Medical Laser Application
Optical technologies have become a central part in today’s clinical medicine, both in diagnostics and therapy. Medical research as well as clinical routine heavily depends on technical instrumentation. A wide variety of photonic technologies have been developed for clinical monitoring of physiological or pathological parameters. Advanced optical techniques using:

Spectroscopic techniques
fluorescence lifetime measurements
Raman spectroscopy

Other Links:

The University of Melbourne’s Advanced Microscopy Facility maintains a state-of-the-art electron and optical microscope facility with the main nodes located at the Bio21 Institute, the School of Botany, the Department of Anatomy and cell Biology and associated specialised light microscopy facilities located at the departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and the Florey Neuroscience Institute.

These facilities are under the Biological Optical Microscopy Platform (BOMP). The Delta Vision OMX blaze v4 and the Leica SP5 live cells are now both up and running.


Images courtesy of Dr Paul McMillan

News and events:


  • Sreetama Pal from the CCMB, Hyderabad is visiting UML using our Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging and Evanescent Wave-Induced Fluorescence spectroscopy techniques
  • Peng Zeng recently visited Konstanz to prepare new alloyed semiconductor nanoparticles.
  • Parijat Sardar from the CCMB, Hyderabad visited UML using our Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging and Evanescent Wave-Induced Fluorescence spectroscopy techniques
  • Peng Zeng won the Dalton Transactions sponsored poster prize at the XXVIth IUPAC Symposium on Photochemistry in Osaka, Japan for his poster “Shell Effects on Hole-Coupled Electron Transfer Dynamics in Quasi-Type II CdSe/CdS Quantum Dot-Methyl Vionlogen Complexes”.


  • PhD positions are available within our group. We are involved in developing super-resolution optical imaging methods, ultrafast laser spectroscopy and time-resolved microscopy.
  • B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Sc. projects available for 2016