Minister visits UQ Photonics Laboratory

29 Nov 2021
local qld Minister in lab with UQ professors
L to R: Professor Aleksandar D. Rakic, Professor Peter Soyer, Professor Michael Brünig, The Honourable Meagan Scanlon

The Honourable Meaghan Scanlon, Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and Minister for Science and Youth Affairs, attended the UQ Photonics Laboratory to view the terahertz laser system developed by UQ research team.

Professor Aleksandar D. Rakic, Professor Peter Soyer and Professor Michael Brünig, briefed Minister Scanlon on the range of laser sensing research conducted at The University of Queensland.

The terahertz laser system, developed by Professor Aleksandar D. Rakic and his team, is the first in the world to use laser feedback interferometry with a semiconductor laser in the THz spectrum.

The technology will be used for biomedical 3D imaging on targets like skin cancer detection – critical research for the harsh Australian climate, and something the University is very proud to show to visitors.

The technology is on track to become the next successful medical technology spin-off from the UQ School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering after a recent successful collaboration and partnership with EMVision Medical Devices Ltd.

Meaghan Scanlon MP and UQ Dr Tina Qi
Meaghan Scanlon MP and Dr Tina (Xiaoqiong) Qi

Minister Scanlon also connected with Dr Tina (Xiaoqiong) Qi who was a 2020 Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowship recipient for her work “Beyond visible: A Queensland technology for early skin cancer diagnosis.”