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Research interests

Nanophotonics, metasurfaces, optical fibre, structured light, photonic integration, plasmonics, holography, direct laser writing


Dr Haoran Ren is a Honorary Research Fellow at Macquarie University. He is currently working as an ARC DECRA Fellow at Monash University. His nanophotonic research aims to develop advanced optical materials and nanotechnology for both fundamental light-matter interactions and broad photonic applications. Dr Ren received a PhD from Swinburne University of Technology in 2017. He was a postdoc at RMIT University from 2017 to 2018. In 2018, Dr Ren won a Victoria Fellowship to visit the CNRS in France. In 2019, Dr Ren was awarded a Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and moved his research to LMU Munich in Germany. In December 2020, he started a MQRF at Macquarie University. Dr Ren is an Associate Investigator for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems (TMOS).

Research engagement

Awarded Research Grants:

2022 ARC DP (lead CI, $350k);

2022 Macquarie University Research Infrastructure Scheme Small/Large (co-CI, total $290k);

2022 MQRAS 21 R2: Smart optical imaging at depths (co-CI, total $50k)

2022 ARC DECRA (sole CI, $434k);

2021-2023 Macquarie University Research Fellowship (sole CI, $386k);

2021 Macquarie University Research Infrastructure Scheme (co-CI, $100k);

2020 Centre for NanoScience seed funding at LMU Munich (co-CI, $16k);

2019-2020 Humboldt Research Fellowship (sole CI, $216k).

Community engagement

Associate Investigator: The ARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems (TMOS).

Editorial role: APL Photonics Early Career Editorial Advisory Board (2022-2023).

Secretary of The OPTICA (formerly OSA) Sydney Local Section ((2021-2022)).

Regular Reviewer: Nature, Science Advances, Nature Photonics, Nature Communications, Nature Electronics, Light Science & Applications, Communications Physics, Optica, Optics Letters, Optics Express, Nano Letters, ACS Photonics, ACS Applied Nano Materials, APL Photonics, Nanophotonics, Optics Express, Scientific Reports, etc..

Organizing committee: The OPTICA (formerly OSA) Sydney Local Section Seminars (2021); MQ Photonics Seminars (2021); ANZCOP Conference (2021); The CUDOS Workshop on Frontiers in Nanoplasmonics (2018); The Selby Public Lecture at RMIT University (2017).

Education/Academic qualification

Optics, PhD, Nanophotonic manipulation of angular momentum for information optics, Swinburne University of Technology

1 Mar 20138 Feb 2017

Award Date: 8 Feb 2017

External positions

DECRA Fellow, Monash University

1 Jun 2022 → …

Humboldt Research Fellow, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

1 Jan 201931 Dec 2020

Postdoc, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University)

1 Oct 201631 Dec 2018


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