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Meet the team

Our experts help you get the most from our state–of-the-art tools and processing. 


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Professor Simon Fleming
Academic Director

Simon is the Academic Director and Deputy Director of the ANFF-NSW Node. Simon's background is in photonics, focusing mainly on optical fibre, spanning from materials and fabrication through to devices.

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A/Prof Sergio Leon-Saval
Associate Academic Director FBG Facility

Sergio is Associate Academic Director of the Advanced FBG Facility. He is the Director of the Sydney Astrophotonics Instrumentation Laboratory and his background is in the field of specialty optical fibres, astrophotonics and optical instrumentation systems.

Operations team

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Dolores Dunn
Senior Administration Officer

Dolores is responsible for purchasing, event management, and general administration.

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Julie Miller
Business Manager

Julie is responsible for implementing a variety of business systems in the facility, as well as stakeholder management.

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Rex Wang
Business and Data Visualisation Analyst

Rex supports designing, analysing and automatingbusiness processes, and data analysis. He is skilled in data analytics, data visualisation and business process management. He has a Master of Commerce (MCom) degree focused in big data in business, business analytics and business information systems from University of Sydney.

Process Engineer team

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Justin Digweed 
Technical Officer: Fibre Fabrication

Justin manages the polymer optical fibre draw facilty. Justin's experience has been gained from manufacturing Specialty Optical Fibres at the University of Southampton from 1989 until 1994 when he came to Australia to help set up the Optical Fibre Technology Centre at Sydney University. His background covers MCVD systems, equipment support and high volume electronics manufacturing in a mass production environment in Asia.

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Lars Goran Edvell
Senior Process Engineer: Advanced FBG Facility

Goran Edvell has 20+ years of experience in the photonics industry with special interest in R&D, design, and manufacturing of application specific Fibre Bragg Gratings. Goran has a MSc in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering from Linkoping University, Sweden.

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Jacky He
Process Engineer: Nanofabrication

Jacky is responsible for the electron-beam lithography system and has expertise in a variety of nanofabrication techniques. As a process engineer at ANFF-NSW University of Sydney, he has expertise in CAD design, e-beam and photolithography, thin-film deposition, and wet chemical processes.

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Dr Jason Hwang
Senior Process Engineer: Quantum Technologies

Jason has expertise in nanofabrication of quantum electronic devices, particularly in electron beam lithography, metal deposition, and liftoff. He completed a PhD at UNSW where he focused on building silicon CMOS quantum devices for spin-based quantum computing. Jason is responsible for various tools and processes including electron beam lithography, SEM, ellipsometer, ALD, evaporator, sputterer, HF wet etch, wire bonding and die bonding. 

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Ethel Ilagan
Process Engineer: Optical Lithography

Ethel has extensive experience in photolithography, as well expertise in wet processing and microfluidic fabrication. As Process Engineer: Optical Lithography, she is responsible for the photolithography tools.

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Dr Iman Khandaker
Senior Process Engineer: Nanofabrication

Iman has 20+ years of R&D, production and sales experience in photonics and semiconductor processing. He received his Ph.D in optics from the University of Liverpool, was a nanofabrication postdoc at the University of Glasgow and senior scientist in QD lasers for Marconi, Caswell.

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Dr Liguo Luo
Senior Process Engineer: Advanced FBG Facility

Liguo has more than 20 years’ R&D, engineering, and production experience in photonics. His expertise is in photonics devices including fibre Bragg gratings (FBGs), planar lightwave circuits, and fibre lasers. He worked extensively on development of fabrication processes for high performance and high quality FBG devices. As a senior process engineer, he is responsible for developing, engineering and fabricating processes at the Advanced FBG Facility. Liguo received his PhD in Optics from Shandong University.

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Steve Moody
Senior Technical Officer: Characterisation

Steve's expertise is in characterisation, having come to us from a role with Microscopy Australia. As Senior Technical Officer: Characterisation, he is particularly focused ion beam (cross-sectioning, manipulation, lift-out) and multi-beam nanofabrication.

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Dr Gloria Qiu
Senior Process Engineer

Gloria received her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Houston, USA. Her expertise is in magnetic thin film deposition and nanostructure patterning for bit-patterned media application. She has also worked extensively on magnetic biosensors. As Senior Process Engineer, Gloria is responsible for the deposition and dry etching tools.

Engineering team

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Nelson Briones
Laboratory Manager

Nelson has more than 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry before joining RPF. He has an aptitude for leading groups of technical workforce providing equipment and process engineering support within high-volume fast-paced manufacturing and research environment.

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Lawrence Farrar
Cleanroom Technical Officer

Lawrence is responsible for photomask fabrication, general cleanroom operations and providing expertise in a variety of nanofabrication techniques. He has experience in electron beam and photo-lithography, electron microscopy, and materials characterisation from his PhD research at RMIT University.

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Saw Saw Nyi Nyi Latt
Cleanroom Equipment Officer

Saw is a Cleanroom Equipment Officer responsible for process tools and equipment maintenance at ANFF-NSW University of Sydney. He worked at A*STAR, Singapore’s leading research facility for more than 7 years supporting the installation and maintenance of SPTS’s DRIE and PECVD tools.

Research & Prototype Foundry

  • Sydney Nanoscience Hub – Research wing (Building A31) Physics Road The University of Sydney NSW 2006