CUDOS mourns Peter Domachuk

Dr. Peter Domachuk passed away in the last days of 2012 after a sudden illness.

Peter did his undergraduate and postgraduate degree in the School of Physics at the University of Sydney. His PhD was on the topic of optofluidics and he was supervised by Prof Ben Eggleton. He was one of the first PhD student graduates of the CUDOS program and in 2006 went on to a postdoctoral position at Tufts University with Prof Fio Omenetto on the topic of silk photonics. In 2009 he returned to the School of Physics as a Research Fellow and was awarded a prestigious ARC Postdoctoral Fellow in the CUDOS/IPOS group at the University of Sydney. Peter published many high profile papers on the topic of optofluidics and biophotonics and was active in the community. At the University of Sydney he initiated a new program in biophotonics (silk photonics and optofluidics) and had established new laboratories, supervised students and was building linkages and commercialisation opportunities. He was the coordinator for the Sydney University Masters in Photonics program and Chair of the IPOS 2010 Symposium on bio-photonics that was attended by over 180 people, including many high profile international people.

Peter was a valued member of the Sydney University School of Physics and CUDOS and a great colleague and friend to many of us – he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with Peter's family and friends at this terrible time.

Peter Domachuk in his laboratory

Peter Domachuk in his laboratory