Tomonori ‘Tom’ Hu

Woolooware, New South Wales

Scientist, start-up director

When Tom was completing his PhD at the University of Sydney, he developed a compact spectrometer to quickly analyse chemicals. It became clear he had created something special, so the physics academic set up a company to develop it. Using infra-red light to identify chemical composition, Tom believes the Miriad spectrometer has great potential to analyse food, resources and even air quality. Working out of the CSIRO in Lindfield, Tom aims to transition from start-up to a full-scale company. Tom is now working on a new model and, with the help of this grant, he hopes to sell his spectrometer worldwide.