Prof Min Gu

Director of the Centre for Micro-Photonics

Swinburne University of Technology

Faculty of Engineering & Industrial Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology, PO Box 218
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Fax: +61 (3) 9214-5435
Email: [email protected]


Professor Min Gu is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Australian Institute of Physics, the Optical Society of America, the International Society for Optical Engineering and the Institute of Physics (UK). He is also a Chang Jiang Chair Professor of the Ministry for Eduction (China).

He gained a PhD degree in optics from Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1988. He came to Australia in 1988 and worked as a postdoctoral fellow first at the University of New South Wales, and later at the University of Sydney. In 1991, he was awarded an Australian Research Fellowship of the Australian Research Council at the University of Sydney. He joined Victoria University of Technology in 1995, where he became Professor (Chair) of Optoelectronics and Director of Optical Technology Research Laboratory 1998 (at the age of 38).

At the beginning of 2000, he was invited for the appointment of Professor (Chair) of Optoelectronics and Director of the Centre for Micro-Photonics (research budget A$3 m/pa) at Swinburne University of Technology. He won the 2002 Swinburne Research Excellence Award and was awarded the University Distinguished Professor in 2003. From 2003, he has also been a Node Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh-bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems. Since 2005, he has been a node leader of the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Polymers. He was Dean of Science, a Deputy Dean of the Faculty and a member of the University Council. He is currently the Special Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor and Pro Vice-chancellor (International Research Collaboration) at Swinburne.

Professor Gu is a sole author of two standard reference books, Principles of Three-Dimensional Imaging in Confocal Microscopes (World Scientific) and Advanced Optical Imaging Theory (Springer-Verlag), published in 1996 and 2000 respectively. He published over 550 publications (including over 280 papers in internationally refereed journals) in photonic crystals and devices, nanophotonics/biophotonics, micro/nanofabrication, confocal and multiphoton microscopy, laser tweezers, optoelectronic imaging through tissue-like turbid media, laser trapping and neat-field microscopy, multi-dimensional optical data storage. He has received over 3800 citations (over 500 citations in 2008) with an H-factor of 31. He is a member of the 13 Editorial Boards of top international journals, including Applied Optics (Topical Editor: Optical Technology and Biomedical Optics), Optics Communications, Journal of Biophotonics, Journal of Biomedical Optics, Journal Biomedical Photonics, Journal of Microscopy, Optik, Optics and Photonics Letters (Topical Editor: Biophotonics), International Journal of Biomedical Imaging (Associate Editor), International Journal of Scanning Microscopies, GIT Imaging and Microscopy, Chinese Optics Letters and Frontier of Optoelectronics-China. He was the Guest Editor of Applied Optics and the International Journal of Optical Memory and Neural Networks. He has been a member of the Advisory/Steering/Organizing committees of many international conferences (more than 100) including International Conferences on Confocal Microscopy and International Conferences on Optics within Life Sciences. He was/is a plenary/invited/keynote speaker on many international conferences (more than 100 conferences). He was/is President (2002-2004) and Vice President (2004-2010), of the International Society of Optics within Life Sciences. He is Vice President of the International Commission for Optics (2005-2011).

Professor Gu has conducted many pioneering projects in the area of bio/nano-photonics, which have been published in Nature and featured in Nature Photonics, Nature Asia-Materials, Biophotonics International, Photonics Spectra, Laser Focus World, Economists, Australian Optical Society News, BBC, ABC, Times, The Australian, The Age, The Herald Sun, Campus Review, Australasian Science and ABC TV and Radio. His inventions include the localised photorefractive effect under two-photon excitation for rewritable three-dimensional high-density optical data storage in low-cost polymer materials, nonlinear optical endoscopy and functional biochips. Consequently, five spin-off companies were established, 3DCD Technology Pty. Ltd. in 2001 (received the COMET Grant and Achievement Award from the AusIndustry in 2002), InFocus Enterprises Pty. Ltd. in 2003, InVision Medical Technologies Pty. Ltd. in 2003 (, received the COMET Grant in 2005), Image Cytometrics Pty. Ltd. in 2008 (received the COMAT grant in 2008) and Biosurfaces Pty Ltd. in 2008. Four international leading companies, Samsung Electronics (Korea), Suntech Power Holdings (China), OptiScan Pty. Ltd. (Australia) and Genera Biosystems Pty. Ltd. (Australia), have established joint R&D projects with Professor Gu’s Centre.

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