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Associate Professor Eric Waclawik
Associate Professor
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering,
Discipline *
Physical Chemistry (incl. Structural), Materials Engineering, Chemical Engineering
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Identifiers and profiles

PhD (Flinders University of SA)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, MRACI

Semiconductor Nanocrystals, Plasmonic Nanoparticles, Photocatalysis, Nanotechnology, Quantum Dots, Carbon Nanotubes, Self-Assembly, Titania, Titania Nanotubes, Zinc Oxide

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Research themes: Health, Energy and Environment Research discipline: Chemistry
Research areas:
Research Interests – Quantum Dots, Semiconductor Nanocrystals, Plasmonic Nanostructures I lead a research team investigating the shape-and-size controlled synthesis of inorganic semiconductor nanocrystals and quantum dots, principally by hydrothermal and microwave-based methods. The potential applications for these monodispere nanocrystals in the sphere of photonics and photocatalysis are truly enormous. Our interests focus on harnessing plasmonic metal nanoparticles and semiconductor nanocrystals for photocatalysis and nonlinear optics. Nanoparticle-Based Plasmonics & Nonlinear Optics Research: Our group is exploring the potential of an exciting new means to convert visible light into UV light using extremely compact, precisely coupled-nanoparticle systems. The novelty of this approach is that we intend to use localised surface plasmons supported by the NPs to stimulate nonlinear interactions in a coupled NP-QD system. Our thesis is that when noble metal nanoparticles (NPs) are coupled to semiconductor quantum dots (QDs), together they can effectively absorb visible light and generate UV light. Collaboration with Assoc. Prof. Esa Jaatinen & Dr Kristy Vernon, QUT Physics.
ZnO Nanowire Gas Sensors: for agricultural & mining applications. Nanowire sensors demonstrate superior performance and low power consumption. They employ the same metal oxide materials used in dye-sensitised solar cells and integrate these devices together yielding miniature, self-powered, greenhouse-gas sensors for application in networks for remote monitoring.
Titania Nanotubes: Titanium dioxide is a promising photocatalyst which can break-down organic pollutants. We have investigated hydrothermal methods to synthesise nanotubes of titania. The structural changes that occur following hydrothermal treatment have been followed using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Changes in Phase, structure and binding have been followed using powder x-ray diffraction, electron diffraction and Fourier Transform Raman spectroscopy.
Areas of expertise

  • Inorganic Semiconductor Nanocrystal Synthesis
  • Metal Oxide Gas Sensors
  • Quantum Dots
  • Inorganic Semiconductor Nanostructures
  • Carbon Nanotubes
  • Spectroscopy

Selected grants

  • Eric Waclawik, Kristy Vernon, Esa Jaatinen “UV nanolights: Enhancing nonlinear emission from Quantum Dots through Plasmon CouplingUS Air Force: The Asian Office Of Aerospace Research & Development AOARD-13-4016 $45 000 (Funded 2013).
  • Eric Waclawik “Networked Solar Powered Nanosensors for Remote Area SurveyingQueensland International Fellowship. AU$25 700 (Funded 2010).
  • Nunzio Motta, John Bell, Eric R. Waclawik, Tuquabo Tesfamichael, Muthuraaman Bhagavathi, Michele Giulianini, Guido Faglia, Matteo Ferroni, Maurizio De Crescenzi, Aldo Di Carlo, Kerry Walsh, David Midmore, Sylvia Tulloch, Gavin Tulloch “Solar Powered Nanosensors for Data Acquisition and Sensing in Remote AreasQLD Smart State Futures Program. National and International Research Alliances (NIRAP). AU$1.45 Million (Funding: 2009-2012).
  • Martin Johnston, Joseph G. Shapter, Eric Waclawik: Development of an Adjustable Porphyrin-based Molecular Platform for Nanotechnology Applications; ARC Discovery $210 000 (funded $70k for three years, 2005 – 2007) 

Selected research projects

  • UV nanolights: Enhancing Nonlinear Emission from Quantum Dots & Nanocrystals through Plasmon-Coupling
  • Photocatalysis
  • Molecular Resolution Studies of Polymer Self-Assembly at Carbon Nanotube Surfaces
  • Applications, Synthesis and Characterisation of Titania Nanotubes.
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Eric Waclawik.


Teaching discipline: Chemistry
Teaching areas: Physical chemistry

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Eric Waclawik.


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Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Development of an Adjustable Porphyrin-based Molecular Platform for Nanotechnology Applications
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Porphyrins; Self Assembly; Light Harvesting; Diimides; STM
Modifying Structure and Properties of Carbon Nanotubes for Device Applications (MWN)
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Carbon Nanotubes; Organic Solar Cells; Doping; Ion Implantation


Current supervisions

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)

Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)