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Dr Martin Ams received the B.Sc. degree in physics and the Ph.D. degree in optical laser physics from Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia, in 2001 and 2008, respectively. He then worked as a Research Associate at the MQ Photonics Research Centre and the Centre for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS), Macquarie University until mid-2011. Following this Dr Ams took a 2 year post-doctoral position at City University London in advanced optical fibre sensors and their applications. He is currently the business development manager for the OptoFab node of the Australia National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) at Macquarie University, Sydney.


Research interests

Dr Ams' research interests include laser fabrication of photonic waveguide devices and Bragg-gratings for use in sensing, telecommunication, astronomy, quantum information and biophotonic applications.

Currently Dr Ams working with industry partner Sydney Water utilising optical fibre sensors to detect concrete corrosion in harsh wastewater environments.

Research engagement

  • 14 years of Photonics experience
  • Chief Investigator (CI) on a government & industry funded Linkage Project
  • 3 year project manager role in a government funded research centre
  • 9 years of scientific outreach & undergraduate laboratory supervision
  • 3 book chapters, 5 invited & 31 contributed journal articles
  • 1 keynote, 30 invited & 74 contributed conference papers
  • h-index of 18 (Google Scholar)
  • Regular reviewer for OSA, IEEE, IOP and AIP scientific journals
  • Competitive grants & prizes totalling approximately AUD 1.3M
  • Obtained PhD: October 2008

Community engagement

Industry & End-user Engagement

Dr Ams has engineered optical sensors for use in a variety of novel projects which included the water, rail network, marine and nuclear industries. The projects involved working closely with industry partners Sydney Water, Morgan AM&T, Brecknell Willis and the Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers of The City of London.

One of his current roles is opening University research capabilities to the wider community and industry through his business development manager position within the OptoFab node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF). Through the ANFF network Dr Ams is exposed to a number of end-users both in industry and research institutions.

He has research collaborators in the UK, Germany, India, and Australia.

Photonics & Science Outreach

Heavily involved in the promotion of science, in particular Photonics, to the broader community. Emphasis on educating current high school students and their teachers. Positions include: supervisor, demonstrator, guest lecturer, panel member, exhibitor and spokesperson. Highlights:

  • Unofficial Supervision of 3 PhD candidates and 1 French Intern Student: 2010-2018
  • Conference Committees: ACOFT/BGPP (2016)
  • Video Conference for the NSW Department of Education: 2010
  • Engineering Excellence Award (Highly Commended in Innovations & Inventions Category): 2007 & 2009


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