Baohua Jia is a full Professor, Founding Director of Centre for Translational Atomaterials ( and Research Leader at Swinburne University of Technology. She received her BSc (2000) and MSc (2003) degrees from Nankai University, China. She was awarded a PhD (2007) from Swinburne University of Technology, Australia.

Professor Jia is the Program Leader of Future Manufacturing Institution ( and the Head of Laser and Nanomaterial Interaction (LNI) Group ( She is also the President of Australia-China Advanced Materials and Manufacture Association (ACAMMA) and an elected Fellow of Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. Since 2019, Baohua has been working as the Australian Research Council College of Expert.

Prof. Jia’s research focuses on the fundamental light and nanomaterial interaction. In particular her work on laser manipulation of two-dimensional materials has led to the design and fabrication of functional nanostructures and nanomaterials for effective harnessing and storage of clean energy from sunlight, purifying water and air for clean environment and imaging and spectroscopy and nanofabrication using ultrafast laser towards fast-speed all-optical communications and intelligent manufacturing.

In the past 10 years, Prof. Jia has secured more than $30m research grants as a key CI and another $10m as a key facilitator from Australian federal and Victoria governments as well as the industry. She has developed 15 patents and patent applications, which has seen a return of investment of more than $15m directly from industry. 

She has co-authored more than 200 scientific publications in leading journals and prestigious international conferences including 2 in Nature Photonics (IF: 31.583), 6 in Advanced Materials (IF: 25.809), 2 in Advanced Energy Materials (IF: 24.884), 2 in Nature Communications (IF: 11.878), 3 in Light and Science Applications (IF: 14.098), 1 in Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS, IF: 14.695) and 2 in Nano Letters (IF: 12.279). She has an H-index of 40 (Google Scholar). She has delivered more than 50 Plenary, Keynote and Invited talks at prestigious international conferences and serves multiples professional committees internationally and nationally. She was the Honorary Treasurer of Australian Optical Society (AOS) from 2015-2017. She also has been serving as the Associate Editor for APL Photonics (2017-) and Editorial Board member for Materials Report Energy (2019-) and Chinese Physics Letters (2020-).

She has received numerous prizes and awards including the Vice-Chancellor’s Industry Engagement Awards (2018, 2016, 2011), Finalist for the Prime Minister’s Science Awards (2017), Inaugural Research Impact Awards (2017), Young Tall Poppy Science Award (2013), L’Oréal Australia and New Zealand for Women in Science Fellowship (2012), Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) from the Australian Research Council (2012), Victoria Fellowship from the Victorian Government (2010), French Fellowship from the Australian French Association for Science and Technology (2010), Australia China Young Scientist Exchange Scheme grant from the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 2009 and 2010, Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship (APD) from the Australian Research Council (2009), Vice-Chancellor’s Research Award (Early Career) for research excellence from Swinburne (2009) and the Biotechnology Entrepreneur Young Achievement Australia Award (2005).

Professor Jia’s research work has been featured at the Front Covers of journals, and more than 30 of the journal publications were featured as highlights at scientific magazines and journals covers. Impact of these publications is also evidenced by more than 1000 media reports on newspapers, online, and radio and enormous investment from industry. A few of the examples include the highlight from the Australian Research Council: 

and the article on the Conversation: