Interests and Opportunities


Our aim is to advance electromagnetic and antenna research for humanity and a better quality of life. Its current focus is on next-generation wireless technologies for better health, communication and sensing. My team has conducted high-quality research in the areas of Electromagnetic and Antenna Engineering for more than two decades. Some of our research interests are:

  • ·         Antennas for wireless computer networks, mobile communications and locating systems, including electromagnetic band gap (EBG) resonator antennas, dielectric-resonator antennas (DRA), printed multi-strip antennas, microstrip antennas, E-shaped patch antennas, planar inverted F antennas (PIFA), stacked patch antennas, hybrid resonator antennas, ultra-wideband (UWB) antennas, wide slot antennas, millimeter-wave antennas and arrays, ultra-broadband pulse transmitting and pulse receiving antennas, resistively loaded dipole and loop antennas, Luneberg lens antennas, surface integrated short horns, focal plane arrays and antenna systems for radio astronomy;

  • ·         Implantable and wearable antennas for vast applications in healthcare and diagonostics to empower the field of Bio-Medical engineering. Developing wireless telemetry systems for implantable applications as well as customized antennas for on-body applications. Designing extremely small UWB antennas which can be swallowed for applications in medical diagonosis while being able to support high wireless throughput for live video;

  • ·         Frequency selective surfaces, Artificial magnetic conductor surfaces and other such engineered surfaces including UWB multi-layer reflectors, absorb/transmit FSS, FSS on energy saving glass windows, dual-band AMC surfaces;

  • ·         New theoretical methods in Electromagnetics, including new closed-form Green's functions for microstrip and other layered structures, enhanced FDTD method for diagonal metal edges, FDTD techniques for 2D and 3D photonic crystals, new close-form frequency-domain Method of Moments, time-domain Method of Moments for resistively loaded antennas, semi-analytical Bessel expansion method for loop antennas, analytical and semi-analytical methods for biological (bioelectromagnetic) systems (e.g. magnetic stimulation of neurons) and geological (geoelectromagnetic) systems, solving large electromagnetic problems with supercomputers and parallel computers;


Prospective MRes/PhD Students

MRes and PhD scholarships are available for highly qualified international (overseas) and domestic (Australia and New Zealand) students. Please contact Karu Esselle if you are interested in postgraduate research studentships. If you fulfil the criterion below and are interested in joining my research team, contact me along with your resume over email. Annual deadline for MRes/PhD admissions/scholarships for International and Domestic candidates is 31st July and 31st August, respectively.

·   Scholarships available for MRes/PhD include Commonwealth IPRS and Macquarie University’s iMQRES/MQRES. Read more at: Macquarie University Scholarships for HDR

·         The scholarships generally cover full tuition fees and provide an excellent tax-free annual living allowance (around $25,000)

·        The scholarships are extremely competitive and usually require the candidate to possess BS/MS degrees with First Class Honours (or equivalent) along with excellent academic achievements (mostly A’s or High Distinctions/Distinctions in BS/MS)

·          For highly qualified candidates, additional competitive supplementary scholarships from external agencies e.g. CSIRO are available ($5,000-10,000 per annum)

·         Other opportunities to earn and gain experience include teaching assistantships (tutor/lab demonstrator/marker) available at the university

·         Funding for travel to International and Domestic Conferences/Workshops can also be acquired through Postgraduate Research Fund