Crystal-clear water for all

ANFF plays a critical role in supporting cutting-edge research programs that imagine innovative solutions to water purification and water treatment.

Using AI to capture sunlight

Through the innovative use of robotics and AI learning, a new Monash University ‘toolbox’ will develop and optimise new materials for photovoltaic cells.

2D material makes its mark on the factory floor

University of Wollongong ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) and ANFF-Materials researchers, led by Prof. David Officer and Distinguished Prof. Gordon Wallace, have developed a patented, scalable, graphite-to-graphene process to give a highly conductive edge-functionalised graphene (EFG).

Shining a light on brain function

UNSW and ANFF-NSW researchers Reem Almasri and Josiah Firth have fabricated optical electrodes to probe complex bio-electrical signals.

Dr Snake to the emergency room

Dr Amanda Kijas and Prof. Alan Rowan are taking inspiration from nature to develop unique hydrogels that can save people from blood loss incurred during traumatic injury.

Using carbon to solve a quantum dilemma

Archer Materials’ 12CQ carbon-based semiconductor chips will drive the development of a quantum computing processor that can operate in our daily lives. Archer Materials Limited is an ASX-listed company developing the next generation of semiconductors for an increasingly mobile and data-centric world. Its innovative technology utilizes carbon-based qubits rather than traditional silicon-based semiconductors for quantum …

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Artist Deirdre Feeney’s creative application of microfabrication processes in her visual artwork MirrorMirror led to novel artistic outcomes and the necessity to push the boundaries of ANFF-SA’s surface polishing capabilities. Artists are increasingly collaborating with scientists and engineers to problem solve and creatively apply STEM methodologies into artworks. University of South Australia Contemporary Art lecturer …

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Wearing waste

The ANFF-Vic hub at Deakin University is providing the tools and expertise to convert old clothes into new fashion and substantially reduce the waste produced by this industry.   Through modern consumption patterns, society discards an ever-increasing amount of material waste. In particular, the textile industry is a significant consumer of fresh water, pesticides and …

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Micro plumbing to help more people become parents

Poised to increase in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment success rates, a team of pioneering Australian researchers have developed an automated microfluidic platform to standardise complex IVF processes. In Australia alone, one in six couples is affected by infertility problems. In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is the most effective assisted reproductive technology, used to help couples with …

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Protecting the world from homemade explosives

Protecting the world from homemade explosives Researchers from Victoria University have developed an innovative new approach for rapid screening of peroxide-based ‘homemade’ improvised explosive devices (IEDs). IEDs sow the seeds of death and destruction, and the terrorists and criminals that create them seek to spread fear, destabilise governments and divide society. IEDs based on explosives …

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Making Quantum Truly Scalable

Making Quantum Truly Scalable Diraq, the recently incorporated start-up company from the Dzurak Group at UNSW, are the global leaders in developing silicon metal-oxide-semiconductor (SiMOS) quantum-dot qubit devices for quantum computing. In 1964, Richard Feynman, Nobel Laureate and the father of nanotechnology, said, ‘I think I can safely say that nobody really understands quantum mechanics.’ …

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