Saulius Juodkazis – director of the Swinburne Nanofabrication Lab and Deputy Director of Centre for Micro-Photonics at Swinburne University of Technology, has been awarded a Chang Jiang Scholar Chair Professorship by the Ministry of Education in China. The Chang Jiang Scholar award, considered to be China’s most prestigious scholarly honour, is presented to fifty academics each year who have made special contributions in their field of research. Author of more than 300 peer-reviewed journal papers, reviews and several book chapters.
Professor Juodkazis has been recognised for his outstanding achievements in the fields of nanotechnology and optical physics and has received a professorship at Jilin University in Changchun. Professor Juodkazis’ current research is focussed on applying principles of plasmonic light-field enhancement spectral control for applications in sensing, solid-state lighting, and solar energy conversion. Juodkazis is contributing to the development of a three-dimensional femtosecond laser micro-fabrication for opto-fluidic, optical memory, and photonic crystal applications, light extraction in light emitting diodes (LED) and light harvesting applications.
In 2017 Saulius Juodkazis with Elena Ivanova received the UNSW Eureka Prize for their Scientific Research. In a novel approach to the growing epidemic of antibiotic resistant bacteria, they studied the wings of cicadas and dragonflies to determine how their surfaces resisted pathogens. Scientists discovered that tiny spikes – called nano-pillars – on the surface of the cicada and dragonfly wings provided physical resistance to the bacteria.
Professor Saulius Juodkazis received his PhD in experimental physics and material science jointly from Vilnius University (Lithuania) and Lyon-I University (France) in 1998. Afterwards, he held previous tenured positions at the Universities of Tokushima and Hokkaido in Japan. He is also working as a member of editorial staff in quite a few scientific magazines, including „Optics Express” (OSA – Optical Society of America), member of SPIE, Cleo (OSA). He is also a participant and member of the programme committee of Photonics West (SPIE) conference.