Professor Arnan Mitchell is Director of RMIT's Micro Nano Research Facility (MNRF) and the Integrated Photonics and Applications Centre (InPAC). Prof Mitchell has built RMIT's capability in photonics (the science of using and manipulating light) over his 20-year career through national and international collaboration.
He is Director of the $60M Micro Nano Research Facility (MNRF) including comprehensive infrastructure for photonic chip research and development and has spent much of his career building this capability. He founded and leads the Integrated Photonics and Applications Centre (InPAC) - a team of more than 40 researchers exploring how breakthrough innovations can be translated to real world impact through engagement with industry in Australia and around the world. InPAC includes integrated photonic design, photonic chip fabrication, packaging and interfacing and applications in high-speed internet, photonic sensing systems for defence and photonic biosensors for more rapid disease diagnosis.
Prof Mitchell is often the platform technology expert in a highly multi-disciplinary team and has used this approach to achieve major impacts spanning nonlinear physics, precision measurement for navigation and defence applications, record breaking data communications technology and even lab-on-a-chip devices for biomedical research. His publications appear in the highest quality outlets including Nature, Nature Medicine, Nature Communications, PNAS, Optica, Light Science and Applications and Advanced Materials, among many others.
Professor Mitchell is a thought leader and photonics pioneer with a mission to building a deep technology manufacturing base in Australia sustaining both academia and industry.