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ITFSI has a wide range of research themes centred around thin films and sensing. There are four primary research themes that are investigated; thin film deposition processes, sensors, imaging and gravitational wave (GW) detection.

Thin Film Deposition Processes

Thin film processes at ITFSI are focuses on applications for optics, engineering, biomedical and MEMS devices. At ITFSI, there are facilities to produce thin films by solution processing, physical vapour deposition and chemical vapour deposition.


Sensor technology development at ITFSI has led to innovations in miniaturised infrared spectrometry based on non-dispersive infrared or photoacoustics. Other sensing research at the institute also include surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, capnography and gas sensing.


Through the application of piezoelectric thin films, ultrasonic imaging has been investigated at ITFSI. This has led to the successful university spin out company, Novosound, who won the Converge Challenge 2017. Applications of the ultrasonic imaging include dental, medical imaging and non-destructive testing. Linear variable filter research at ITFSI has been applied to hyperspectral and multispectral imaging.

Gravitational Wave Detection

Ultraloss optical thin films have been developed at ITFSI for applications in gravitational wave detection. These have applications in laser interferometry that are used in GW detectors.