Dr. Alexandre Francois

Position:Patent Engineer

Academic Qualifications

QualificationsInstitutionYear of Completion
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Electrical Engineering and PhysicsUniversity of Sherbrooke, Canada2006
Master of Science in Physics and Materials SciencesUniversity Claude Bernard, France2002
Bachelor of Science in Material Sciences and EngineeringInstitute of Science and Technique of Grenoble, France2001

Industry Experience

PositionOrganisation/InstitutionDate of Tenure
Lead ScientistNorseld Pty Ltd2019-2021
Senior ScientistThe University of South Australia2015-2019
Senior ScientistThe University of Adelaide2008-2015
Research FellowFujirebio Inc.2007-2008

Selected Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) specifications

PCT Publication NumberTitle of Application
WO2012/155192A method of and a system for characterising a material
WO2011/113085A sensor and a method for characterising a dielectric material
WO2010/053213Optical sensing via cavity mode excitations in the stimulated emission regime
WO2010/053209Method for sensing a biochemical and/or biomechanical process of a biological material and method for analyzing biological materials
WO2009/084721Clusters of Microresonators for Cavity Mode Optical Sensing

Selected Publications – Scientific

Elizaveta Klantsataya, Peipei Jia, Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, Tanya Monro, Alexandre François “Plasmonic fiber optic refractometric sensors: From conventional architectures to recent design trends” Sensors 17, 1-12 (2017)
Tess Reynolds, Nicolas Riesen, Al Meldrum, Xudong Fan, Jonathan MM Hall, Tanya M Monro, Alexandre François “Fluorescent and lasing whispering gallery mode microresonators for sensing applications” Laser & Photonics Reviews 11, 1600265 (2017)
Alexandre François, Yanyan Zhi, Al Meldrum “Whispering Gallery Mode Devices for Sensing and Biosensing” in “Photonic Materials for Sensing, Biosensing and Display Devices” p. 237-288, Springer International Publishing (2016)
Alexandre François, Nicolas Riesen, Hong Ji, Shahraam Afshar V, Tanya Monro, “Polymer based whispering gallery mode laser for biosensing applications” Applied Physics Letters 106, 031104 (2015)
Tanya M Monro, Stephen Warren-Smith, Erik P Schartner, Alexandre François, Sabrina Heng, Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, Shahraam Afshar “Sensing with suspended-core optical fibers” Optical Fiber Technology 16, 343-356 (2010)
Michael Himmelhaus, Alexandre Francois “In-vitro sensing of biomechanical forces in live cells by a whispering gallery mode biosensor” Biosensors and Bioelectronics 25, 418-427 (2009)
Experience and Technical Background

Experienced in the following areas of patent practice:

  • Drafting

Primary patent practice areas by technology:

  • Physics
  • Material Science Engineering
  • Optics and Photonics
  • Microelectronics and Optoelectronics
  • Laser systems

Research/industry background:

A. General technical areas:

  • Physics
  • Material Sciences Engineering
  • Optics
  • Sensing technologies
  • Laser systems

B. Honours research:

  • Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)

C. PhD research:

  • Quantum Well Intermixing (QWI) for the fabrication of integrated optoelectronic devices
  • Solid State Physics, semiconductors
  • Optoelectronics and Photonics
  • Micro/nano fabrication processes (deep UV and e-beam lithography, dry and wet etching, ion implantation, thin films deposition, etc.), Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI)

D. Industry experience:

  • 2 years research experience in pharmaceutical industry developing Point of Care (PoC) medical diagnostics instruments.
  • 10 years as Senior Research Fellow in Academia (University of Adelaide and University of South Australia) conducting research on optical resonance phenomena (Surface and Localized Plasmon Resonance, Whispering Gallery Modes), and optical fibre design for biochemical sensing applications. My responsibility included laboratory management, students supervision ( Honours and PhD), grants and public funding applications.
  • 1.5 years as lead scientist at Norseld, developing novel high-power visible and IR solid state and gas plasma laser sources for medical applications, and material processing using Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) with Excimer lasers.

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