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Prof Chennupati Jagadish to receive an IEEE Pioneer Award in Nanotechnology

It has been announced that the ANFF ACT Node Director will receive the prestigious award for “pioneering and sustained contributions to compound semiconductor nanowire and quantum dot optoelectronics”. Key among his accomplishments are a number of major advances in compound semiconductor quantum dot and nanowire growth techniques and optoelectronics devices.

ANFF would like to congratulate Professor Jagadish for all of his work that has led to such a significant accolade.

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ANFF updated the Australian Medical Device Industry on some new transformative technologies that are evolving out of Australian research. At the AusMedtech conference in Melbourne on 29 and 30 May, the following presentations were met with enthusiasm and discussion on how the industry can help deliver these technologies to our hospitals and clinics.

Wearable skin-like sensors - Prof Wenlong Cheng, Monash University:
Soft skin-like biomedical sensors can offer applications that are impossible to achieve with conventional rigid wafer and planar circuit board technologies due to their unique capacity to integrate with soft materials and curvilinear surfaces. In particular, they can be used as true wearable sensors for health monitoring anytime anywhere. Recently, we have developed innovative nanowire-based and bio-inspired approaches to synthesize skin-like piezo-resistive materials, which can be used to fabricate highly stretchy wearable biomedical sensors. The superior sensing properties, in conjunction with mechanical flexibility and robustness, enable real-time monitoring of wrist pulses, muscle stretching as well as other body motions.

New yellow and terahertz laser sources and their applications for cancer diagnosis - Dr Andrew Lee, Macquarie University
Imagine identifying a malignant tumour without the need for invasive biopsies or immediately detecting and identifying plastic explosives strapped to a passenger’s waist. This is the promise of terahertz (THz) radiation, a single technology that can detect and identify concealed materials. Holding back this promise is the lack of a robust and cost-effective way of generating THz radiation. At Macquarie University Dr Lee and his group are developing a THz laser system that will enable these real-world applications. Another technology that will be presented is a yellow Raman laser that is being developed and commercialised for the enhanced treatment of diabetic retinopathy.

Abstract book for Enabling Technologies Technical Exchange meeting now available

The abstract book for the Enabling Technologies Technical Exchange meeting is now available for viewing/download

ANFF 2025 – Future Capabilities Consultation sessions

The ANFF Future Capabilities Consultation is an opportunity to examine the fabrication challenges that the Australian R&D community will tackle over the next 7 – 10 years.

What will be the impact of this work? What will be the new scientific and commercial outcomes? What are the barriers to our success?

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Reprieve for nation’s research facilities - But where’s the money coming from?

Scientists and researchers across the Australia are relieved to hear of the reprieve for the nation’s 27 major national research facilities, but concerns remain about the source of the funding.

STA CEO Catriona Jackson said Education Minister Christopher Pyne had indicated that he had heard the nation’s science and business leaders and de-linked the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure System (NCRIS) funding from the fate of the university de-regulation package.

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ANFF Summer newsletter 2015

Making gene therapy accessible to the masses, Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Technology, 11-14 May 2015, ANFF 2025 - Future Capabilities Consultation and more...

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Enabling Technologies Technical Exchange Meeting

Under the auspices of the 2015 United States-Australia Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) on Science and Technology, an Enabling Technologies Technical Exchange Meeting will be held in Arlington, Virginia. The purpose of the technical exchange is to explore and potentially build basic research collaborations between the US and Australia. The three overarching technical thrusts are: Materials Science, Physics, and Biomedical Sciences.

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ARC and NHMRC applicants 2016

Advice for ARC and NHMRC applicants for projects commencing in 2016 View more

Images from the 2014 ANFF Annual Research Showcase

The 2014 ANFF Annual Research Showcase was held on 18 and 19 November at the Academy of Science Shine Dome. The showcase was a great demonstration of how research at ANFF facilities is producing a range of innovations. Images from the event are linked below.

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ANFF Design House

The ANFF Design House is a suite of software packages that will assist with the design and development of your projects. Opening up new scope for device and process design outside of the lab, the ANFF Design House offers ANFF users access to valuable programs and expertise.

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