Dr Haoran Ren


School of Physics and Astronomy

Monash University

Dr Haoran Ren is an ARC DECRA Fellow at the School of Physics and Astronomy at Monash University. He joined Monash from June 2022, before that he held a Macquarie University Research Fellowship at Macquarie University, a Humboldt Research Fellowship at LMU Munich, and postdoc at RMIT University. He got a PhD from Swinburne University of Technology in 2017. His nanophotonic research seeks to uncover the underlying physics in multi-dimensional light manipulation and structured light-matter interactions. He has broad research interests including structured light imaging, meta-optics, resonant photonics, quantum photonics, near-field and on-chip photonics, and fibre optics. His group aims to develop advanced optical materials and nanotechnology to unleash the full potential of light for optical and quantum information processing.

Dr Ren holds a Honorary Research Fellow position at the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at Macquarie University. He is an Associate Investigator for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems (TMOS) and a member of APL Photonics Early Career Editorial Advisory Board. He was awarded the 2022 AOS Geoff Opat Early Career Researcher Prize, the 2017 Victoria Fellowship, and the 2016 Chinese Government Prize for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad (1 out of 10 worldwide).

Dr Ren is a subgroup leader of a new nanophotonics laboratory led by the Head of School, Prof. Stefan Maier. As a member of my group you will have the opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary environment, with collaborators around the world, and with world-class facilities at Monash. My group is now actively looking for PhD students to work in the following fields (but not limited to):

“Quantum nanophotonic chip”

“Structured light imaging”

“Advancing fibre imaging with meta-optics”

“On-chip nanophotonics”

“Strong light-matter interactions with metasurfaces”

“Machine-learning nanophotonics”

Supervised projects

Benjamin Boglio (Monash University): Metasurface-enhanced topological phase transition in graphene.

Thomas Alias (Monash University): Structured light imaging.

Thomas Dinter (Macquarie University): Metasurface measuring twisted light in turbulence (Ref).

Andreas Aigner (LMU Munich): “Plasmonic bound states in the continuum” (Ref).

Chenhao Li (LMU Munich): Metafibre optics (Ref).

 Jaehyuck Jang (LMU Munich): 3D meta-optics (Ref).

Daniele De Gregorio (LMU Munich): Inverse design of an achromatic metalens.

Xinyuan Fang (RMIT University): OAM holography (Ref).


New Horizons Research Centre

Monash University

Clayton, VIC 3800,  Australia