Testing and validation


Process Engineer focussing on optical fibre fabrication


Alson is a specialist in Mid-IR glass fabrication, focusing on ZBLAN, Tellurite, and Germanate glasses. He excels in managing analytical facilities and operating instruments such as Dilatometers, UV-vis spectrophotometers, FTIR, DSC, TGA, STA-MS, and Optical Profilometers. Alson’s expertise extends to designing, installing, and commissioning glass fabrication equipment, including high-temperature furnaces, gloveboxes, and chemical etching facilities. …

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John liaises with MCN’s clients and is the focal point for engaging with companies. He also cares for the Centre’s various microscopes.


Natasha is the Research Director of CSIRO’s Materials Characterisation and Modelling program at CSIRO Manufacturing and also manages access/contacts for CSIROs in-kind offerings to the Victorian node.


Dr Bingzhao Xia joined ANFF-Qld in 2020 as a Senior Professional Officer and provides training on soft lithography and the microfluidics platform. His expertise areas are in design and characterisation of droplet-based microfluidic systems. He obtained his PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Wyoming, USA, in 2016, where he developed a nitrogen purged …

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Michael is the current Node director of the Optofab node and co-founder and CEO of start-up Modular Photonics, and a CSIRO ON alumni. Modular Photonics, a spin out from Macquarie University, manufactures award winning glass-microchip devices that increase data transmission rates and reach in legacy public and enterprise optical fibre networks.


Dr Kaushal Vora has broad experience in developing nanofabrication processes, cleanroom operations and user training.


Gayatri trains and helps users with EBL matters, and supports other tools including the etching suite, electron-beam evaporation and SEM-CL.


Gilberto provides support from device design and process development, to device characterisation and optimisation


Hemayet provides technical support and integration to ARC Centre of Excellence, and provides grant application support, in addition to managing a number of nanolithography and characterisation instruments


Dhirendra handles micro fabrication, processing and materials-characterisation at ANFF WA node


Elena is the Interim manager of Melbourne University’s Materials Characterisation & Fabrication Platform (MCFP) which houses a suite of in-kind instrumentation that is made available as a part of the Victorian node of ANFF.