Min Gu honoured as Victoria’s Top Scientist


The Victorian Government has honoured Professor Min Gu with its most prestigious science and innovation prize for his pioneering contributions to physical sciences and the impact of his research to the community.

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Professor Min Gu (right) received his 2016 Victoria Prize from Hon Philip Dalidakis MP, Victorian Minister for Innovation, Small Business & Trade ©veski

Professor Min Gu, one of CUDOS' Chief Investigators from RMIT University has been awarded the $50,000 Victoria Prize for Physical Sciences, recognising his ground-breaking research in optical data storage. This research has made significant improvements to data storage systems, allowing data that would ordinarily fill a football field to now be stored on a single DVD.

Professor Gu’s additional work in solar cell technology could reduce energy consumption by 1,000 times, as well as the cost of solar cells themselves, making them more accessible for the building sector.

“I am honoured to receive the 2016 Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation in Physical Sciences”, Min Gu said.

“I have a very rich imagination and I saw that eventually life would be much better if the laser could be used in our daily lives. There are a couple of things we developed that are now in the research translation phase. My collaboration within the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems has empowered my research team to continue to explore innovation and discovery.”

Victorian Minister for Innovation Philip Dalidakis congratulates Professor Gu for his unwavering dedication to his work and the contribution he makes to the Victorian community. “We’re supporting our most promising researchers in science and technology to drive new ideas and create products that will make a difference to the lives of Victorians for years to come.”

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