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Biography Dr Jiangbo (Tim) Zhao is currently a lecturer at the Department of Engineering, commencing his post in April 2021. He received his PhD degree from Macquarie University, Australia (in 2015). He undertook post-doctoral trainings at the University of Adelaide, Australia (2015-17, 20-21), and at the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT), Jena, Germany (2018-2019, Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship).

Up until April 2022, his work has led to 34 peer-reviewed journal articles (h-index 18) and 3 international patents. He, as co-inventor and co-managing director, founded startup EZY-GLAS Technology during a short stint in Adelaide (20-21).

He is the recipient of several prestigious awards for ECRs, such as 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, 7th HOPE Meeting with Nobel Laureates (JSPS HOPE Fellow), National Awards for Outstanding Chinese Students Studying Overseas, and Royal Society of NSW Scholarship. Since 2012, he has given 15 invited talks and lectures at major international conferences or institutes. He serves as a regular referee of international journals (> 50), including Chemical Society Reviews, Nature Communications, Advanced Science, Advanced Optical Materials, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, etc.
Research Interests Dr Zhao's research revolves around materials. His deep interest therein has been motivating his trainings and activities, which will continue to serve as a leading driver for his career.

His main focus is on fundamentals and applications of nanoscale, amorphous and composite (often a hybrid of the formers) materials, in such as liquid and solid forms at various length scales. Broad topics of his study often invoke complementary collaborations, with the aim of pursuing its fullness as much as possible.

On the fundamental part, he has been endeavouring to quest for a deeper understanding of the physics and chemistry of the materials, aided primarily by a variety of spectroscopic techniques, based on active (e.g., luminescence) and passive (e.g., absorption and scattering) processes in a broad range of the electromagnetic spectrum, in tandem with classical, semiclassical or quantum approaches.

He has also been devoting efforts to exploiting the applications of materials and of the new knowledge therein (e.g., light-matter interaction, radical reactions, dynamics of molecular and nanoscale objects), for such as functions engineering (e.g., about optically active nanoparticles, coloured glasses and nanoparticles-in-glass composites) and technologies development (e.g., in upconversion luminescence, glass mechanochemistry, optical biosensors), by which they have been or are being made practically useful in different ways.