Centre for Biophotonics and Laser Science (CBLS)

The University of Queensland

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Researcher working in a Class 3500 clean laboratory

CBLS develops new biotechnology, medical and engineering applications in laser technology and undertakes fundamental research in laser science. Our research includes: fundamentals of light-matter interactions; biological imaging and sensing; biological spectroscopy and devices; laser manipulation; and biomedical and clinical applications.

Website http://www.physics.uq.edu.au/cbls/

Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Test lasers for output power, wavelength and classification according to the Australian Standards
  • Determine suitability of commercial laser systems and associated devices for specific applications
  • Develop laser safety and training courses for specific end users of particular laser systems
  • Characterise light sources in terms of output power and wavelength
  • Conduct laser-based spectroscopic studies
  • Solve commercial problems using optical and laser-based tools and techniques
  • Perform colour analysis using spectrophotometry
  • Detect single molecule fluorescence

Facilities and major equipment

- - Class 3500 clean laboratory for soft-condensed matter and functional materials research and applications - lasers, spectroscopy systems and associated devices in dedicated experimental laboratories - cooled photon counting detectors and an intensified CCD camera - 3 dedicated laser tweezers systems, and a confocal microscope system with fluorescence imaging

Number of research staff

Upto 20 research staff


Parnell Building 7, University of Queensland QLD 4072

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

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