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Energy & sustainability case studies

Artificial Photosynthesis

Thomas Nann, SA node - University of South Australia
Energy and Sustainability
Could the answer to the world’s energy and carbon emission problems lie in nature’s own process of photosynthesis?

“Most likely yes” says ANFF-SA node director and University of South Australia Professor Thomas Nann.

Photosynthesis is...

New sensors at the tip of your fibre

Zourab Brodzeli and Francois Ladouceur, ANFF-NSW - commercialising their technology
A new photonic device could enable sensing in harsh environments where traditional electrical-based devices fail.

The device uses an optical transducer based on liquid crystals and nano-materials.

Capturing the wild mussel spat

Varsha Lal - ANFF Victorian node with Queenscliff Mussel Hatchery (Department of Primary Industries).
3D printing has been used to fabricate surface textures that enhance the settlement of mussel larvae.

New methods for detecting chemicals and biological contaminants

ANFF Victorian node - Dr Tim Davis, CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering
ANFF are developing new ways to detect chemicals and biological contaminants, for applications in environmental monitoring and in biomedicine. Because different chemicals interact with light in different ways, we are investigating methods of using light to detect and identify the...

Smart membranes

Wenlong Cheng - ANFF Victorian node
The development of smart, ultrathin, multifunctional nanobio membranes will lead to the improved technologies in seawater desalination with low energy consumption, and at-home, lightweight and highly sensitive foldable toxic gas detectors. MCN technology fellow, Dr Wenlong Cheng from Monash University is tackling the problem...

Turning water into fuel

Materials node - Renewable energy
“Solar energy” means more than just electricity. It can be used to create fuel such as hydrogen that, unlike solar electricity, can be stored and used when the sun goes down.

Manufacturing efficient solar cells

Increasing the efficiency of solar cells and reducing their manufacturing costs are key challenges in making their use economically viable.

When sunlight strikes a solar cell, the incident energy is converted directly into electricity by the photovoltaic effect without creating harmful pollution. Photovoltaic solar energy is one of the fastest growing renewable energy technologies in...