International fellowship recognises an exceptional career

Professor Geoff Smith. Picture by Joanne Saad

Professor Geoff Smith. Picture by Joanne Saad

In summary: 
  • Professor Geoff Smith has been honoured with a fellowship from the international society for optics and photonics
  • Smith has conducted groundbreaking research in nanotechnology that could potentially change the way that cities are heated and cooled


UTS Emeritus Professor Geoff Smith has been honoured with a fellowship from SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, in recognition of his achievements in coatings and polymers for green photonics applications. 

Professor Smith, of the School of Physics and Advanced Materials at UTS, is an international leader in the field of nanotechnology. He has conducted groundbreaking research into roofing systems, window and green lighting technologies that have the potential to revolutionise the way entire cities are heated and cooled.

“The SPIE Fellowship is a great achievement for Professor Smith,” said UTS Dean of Science, Professor Bruce Milthorpe.

“This fellowship recognises his remarkable career, which spans over 40 years. During this time Professor Smith has made important contributions to optical physics, nanoscience, materials and thin films.”

Professor Smith, the winner of the 2010 UTS Chancellor’s Medal for Exceptional Research, has pioneered research into the development of coloured heat-reflective coatings, and has also developed a range of nanoscale window and rooftop coatings that can minimise the amount of heat that gets into a building by day and pump out residual heat into the night sky. 

His work has had tremendous community impact, having been applied to a range of products and appliances including mirror light pipes, hybrid cooling systems, solar control transmitting blinds and energy efficient buildings. 

“Professor Smith’s work is an excellent example of the sort of impact-driven research produced throughout UTS,” said Professor Milthorpe.

His latest achievement is the book Green Nanotechnology: Solutions for Sustainability and Energy in the Built Environment, co-written with leading Swedish researcher Claes-Göran Granqvist.

In a review of the book for the Journal of Nanophotonics, Akhlesh Lakhtakia from Pennsylvania State University writes, "All technoscientists, not only physicists and materials researchers, would do well to read the list of 17 characteristics that the Smith–Granqvist vision possesses. These characteristics delineate a blueprint for research directions, only some of which can be guessed from my short review."

Professor Smith is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics and the Australian Institute of Energy and has previously won the Excellence in Energy Award from the Australian Institute of Energy. He is also a Renewable Energy Pioneer in the World Renewable Energy Network and the associate editor of the SPIE Journal of Nanophotonics.