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Queensland Government

Science portfolio of the Department of Environment and Science

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Centre for Biophotonics and Laser Science (CBLS)

Researcher working in a Class 3500 clean laboratory

The University of Queensland

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.


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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Last updated:
3 June 2019