Professor Min Gu

2016 Victoria Prize for Science & Innovation

Professor Min Gu is an internationally renowned physicist and expert in three-dimensional optical imaging theory. He is a world leading authority in the fields of nanophotonics, which includes nanofabrication, biophotonics, optical data storage and solar cells.

His groundbreaking research into super-resolution optical storage technology broke the Abbe’s diffraction limit barrier, a fundamental law in optical imaging discovered by German physicist Ernest Abbe in 1873. Professor Gu’s work has enabled the storage of huge amounts of optical data at a very low rate of energy consumption. His findings have meant data that would ordinarily fill a football field can now be stored onto a single DVD sized disc.

Professor Gu’s revolutionary solar cell technology is set to reduce the greenhouse effect because it reduces energy consumption by 1000 times. His breakthrough makes building integratable solar cells cheaper and therefore more viable for the building sector. It could even mean that future skyscrapers will be self-powered using purely green solar energy.

Professor Gu has won external funding totalling more than A$100 million from national and international science foundations, governments and industries.

He is an elected fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Australian Institute of Physics, the Optical Society of America, the International Society for Optical Engineering and the Institute of Physics (UK).

Professor Gu was a member of the Prime Minister’s 2014 Trade Delegation (Education) to China. He is a Laureate Fellow of the Australian Research Council (ARC), a University Distinguished Professor and former Director of the Centre of Micro-Photonics at Swinburne University of Technology. In 2015, Professor Gu was appointed Distinguished Professor and Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research Innovation and Technology at RMIT University.