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The 2021 Australia Day Honours has recognised the chair of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF), Emeritus Professor Christopher Fell FRSN HonFIEAust, appointing him an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO).

A world-renowned expert in separation technology, water treatment and the handling of chemicals, Prof. Fell received his honour for distinguished service to science and engineering, particularly to nanotechnology research and fabrication, and to professional networks.

Prof. Fell is a former Dean of Engineering and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and International) at UNSW (Sydney), who was instrumental in the establishment of the ANFF in 2007 and became the organisation’s first director. In 2011, he took over as chair, a position which he still proudly retains.

Prof. Fell is a true lynchpin in the nanotechnology researcher sector. He not only understood the importance of accessing micro and nanofabrication equipment, he quickly realised that research infrastructure would become critical to supporting the future growth and development of Australia’s scientific community.

ANFF’s Chief Operating Officer, Dr Jane Fitzpatrick said Prof. Fell’s appointment acknowledged his lifetime achievements and his longstanding commitment to helping advance science and engineering.

‚ÄúI am sure that I am not alone in saying that this honour is well deserved and, we as individuals and as an organisation, derive a enormous value from Chris’s continued involvement and timeless leadership‚Äù said Dr Fitzpatrick.

One of ANFF’s Board of Directors, Dr Colin White, has also applauded Prof. Fell’s award for distinguished service.

‚ÄúIt is terrific for Chris’s contribution, underpinned by his character and scientific pedigree, to be recognised in this way,‚Äù said Colin White. ‚ÄúI regard myself as lucky to be able to work alongside him and experience first-hand such a compelling role model.‚Äù