Dr Trong Toan Tran is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) and a DECRA and Chancellor Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Electrical and Data Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, UTS. He is a physicist and engineer with a background in Material Science and Chemical Engineering. He leads the Nanoscale Electro-Thermo-Optical laboratory (NETO) at UTS Tech Lab (www.tttranlab.com).
His research interest includes quantum optics, nanophotonics, solid-state physics, thermometry and nanofabrication. Currently, Dr. Tran actively researches novel quantum light sources and their integration into optical architectures to form high-performance and robust on-chip platforms, as well as their applications in thermal distribution in electronic circuits, nanoscale sensing, and advanced photonic technologies.
Dr Tran completed his doctoral thesis entitled "Quantum Emission from Hexagonal Boron Nitride" with Prof. Igor Aharonovich and Prof. Milos Toth. During his Ph.D. candidature, he has made a breakthrough in the field of quantum optics and materials science with his discovery of a class of room-temperature ultra-bright quantum light sources embedded in sheets of atomically thin crystals, known as "white-graphene" or hexagonal boron nitride. His seminal work is published in the prestigious journal, Nature Nanotechnology, attracting over 1000 citations, within only 6 years since its first publication. His research has been followed by hundreds of international research groups world wide. His work has opened up an avenue towards the fabrication of ultra-thin quantum optical devices that can be employed for a range of advanced quantum technologies and metrologies. He has also been focusing on nanoscale sensing recently and has published several breakthroughs in this field of research. In recognition of his work, Dr. Tran has been given several prestigious prizes and awards, including the 2022 Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), the Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2018), UTS Chancellor's Award for best thesis (2018), AIP Award for Postgraduate Excellence in Physics (2017), Best Poster Award at ICONN (2016), etc.
As of Sep 2023, Dr Tran's track record features an h-index of 29 and a total citations of over 4700. He has also attracted around $1.5M in research income, thanks to his DECRA, CPDRF fellowship, DP as well as other small fundings. He has been an invited speaker for several international conferences, such as AVS, SPIE, ICPS, ICEAN. He frequently publishes in top journals in his field, including Nature Nanotechnology (1x), Science Advances (x1), Nature Communications (1x), Advanced Materials (x3), Nano Letter (x4), ACS Nano (4x), ACS Photonics (x5), Optica (x1), Physical Review Applied (x1), ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (x3), etc. He has been serving as a reviewer for several prestigious journals such as Nature Communications, Physical Review Letters, Physical Review B, PRX Quantum, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, and ACS Applied Nano-Materials.
Outside the lab, Dr. Tran is also very keen on science communication. He loves to talk to non-expert audience about his research and other science-related topics.
2024 Discovery Project, DP240103127, "Indistinguishable Quantum Emitters in van der Waals Materials", $606,000 Co-Chief Investigator
2022 Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, DE220100487, "Thermal hotspots detection in nanoscale two-dimensional electronics", $450,000 Sole Chief Investigator
2019 Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, "Scalable telecom cybersecurity architechture", $467,000 Sole Chief Investigator
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=-q1YEH4AAAAJ&hl=en LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/trong-toan-tran-ph-d-18b882102/?originalSubdomain=au Laboratory: https://www.tttranlab.com/
Scholarship opportunity: I'm looking for motivated candidates to apply the UTS Research Scholarship with me. The details of the scholarship can be found below. Briefly, it provides AUD 32,500/year for 3.5 years along with the tuition fee waiver for the same period, and other additional benefits.