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Group culture:

Our lab thrives on research excellence. This means there is always high pressure to publish in leading journals. All students thus have to develop a sense of humour and a thick skin to survive the lab. In depth knowledge of Monty Python and other classic comedy is an added advantage. Of course, we get to do visit international labs, conferences and workshops. Our international collaborators come from leading labs in the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific region, and often students combine visits to collaborator labs with a conference.

Supervision Opportunities

We are always looking for prospective students interested in nanomaterials and interface/surface phenomena. For projects please write to us: nagarajan@unsw.edu.au




  • Monash University, Melbourne
  • RMIT University, Melbourne
  • ARC Centre of Excellence in FLEET


  • University of California Berkeley, US
  • University of Arkansas, US
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, US
  • Rutgers University, US
  • Brookhaven National Lab, US
  • Oak Ridge National Lab, US


  • National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, China
  • Southern University of Science and Technology, China


  • University of Genève, Switzerland
  • Queen’s University, Belfast, UK

Lab resources:


Our Labs:

Deposition system:

Pulsed laser deposition system


Chemical solution deposition system



Characterization System:

Atomic force microscopes (Asylum Research Cypher S)


Temperature dependent probe station (for various electrical measurements)


Hall measurement


Other accessible research resources within UNSW

  • X-ray diffraction (UNSW Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre)
  • Raman, FTIR, XPS (UNSW Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre)
  • SEM, TEM, FIB (UNSW Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre)
  • E-beam Lithography, E-beam deposition (ANFF)