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Advanced photoresists for 3D laser lithography

Study level


Master of Philosophy


Faculty/Lead unit

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Professor Christopher Barner-Kowollik
Australian Laureate Fellow
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Dr James Blinco
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty


Some estimates state that 30% of all manufactured goods will be 3D printed in 2030. A particular type of 3D printing is 3D laser lithography, where micro- and nano-sized structures can be prepared. These structures find wide-ranging applications in meta-materials, functioning as invisibility cloaks or scaffolds for single (stem) cell interrogation. Today’s inks for 3D printing, however, are limited in their functionality, resolution and the obtainable material properties.

This project will develop – in close collaboration with team members QUT's Soft Matter Materials Team – advanced functional photoresists that enable micro- and nano-sized 3D materials by laser lithography. The project is multidisciplinary and will be carried out with international collaborators including physicists and biologists.

Research activities

As the successful applicant you will work in QUT's state-of-the-art soft matter synthesis laboratory within a dynamic environment, constituted of synthetic polymer as well as organic and physical chemists. You will work in a team of post-doctoral fellows and PhD students active in several projects within the realm of advanced macromolecular photochemistry. You will also be exposed to physics and cell biology through collaboration with external partners based in Germany.


The project will develop advanced photoresist systems for 3D laser lithography able to transform the manufacture of nanostructured materials with impact from optoelectronics to cell biology.

Skills and experience

You should have a keen interest in soft matter materials science and have skills in synthetic organic and macromolecular chemistry.


You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.

Annual scholarship round



Contact Prof. Dr. Christopher Barner-Kowollik,