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NASA connects down under for growth of carbon nanotubes

Victorian Node — Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication
Frontier technologies


Coatings of nanotube forests developed by NASA are the blackest materials ever measured, which has great importance for many scientific uses. The NASA team has worked for several years to make their formulation black over a wide spectral range, and improve the robustness...

With world-class research comes world-class graduates

Dr Jarryd Pla, NSW Node — University of NSW
Frontier technologies
ANFF provides more than just fabrication facilities; it also provides specialist training and support for Australia’s research students as part of its mandate to support world-class research.

Dr Jarryd Pla is one research student who embraced all that ANFF has to...

A printable carbon monoxide sensor could save lives

Timothy Sales, Nathan Cooling, Warwick Belcher and Paul Dastoor Materials node – University of Newcastle
Frontier technologies
A cheap household solution for a silent household killer is being developed at the Materials node of ANFF: the world’s first all-printed organic carbon monoxide sensor.

Carbon monoxide (CO), often called the...

Making Superman Redundant, OptoFab now makes diamonds

Dr Peter Ha, OptoFab node - Macquarie University
Frontier technologies
If you thought Superman was strong, meet Dr Peter Ha of OptoFab. Peter now makes diamonds with his own hands, and a little help from the newly installed Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) facility at Macquarie University.

Diamond is the strongest and hardest material...

Small muscles to have a big impact on smart clothing

Dr Javad Foroughi and Prof Geoff Spinks, Materials node – University of Wollongong
Frontier Technologies
A new artificial muscle could make intelligent textiles that automatically react to environmental conditions like heat or sweat.

The hybrid yarn muscles are based on carbon nanotubes - hollow cylinders just one carbon atom thick. On their...

The single atom quantum bit


Professor Andrew Dzurak, Dr Andrea Morello and Phd student Jarryd Pla
Supporting: Frontier technologies
Quantum computers promise to solve complex problems that are currently impossible on even the world’s largest supercomputers.

Data-intensive problems such as cracking modern encryption codes, searching large or complex databases,...

3D rock analysis helping the mining boom

ACT node supporting Digitalcore
Supporting: Mining and Mineral exploration.
The ability to rapidly and efficiently analyse core samples for prospective oil and gas exploration operations using micro and nanotechnology is enabling more effective extraction of hydrocarbons.

Digitalcore has won the prestigious 2012 Eureka Prize for Commercialisation...

Automatically tinting windows

ANFF Materials node with Prof GG Wallace, A/Prof PC Innis
Supporting: Automotive manufacturing and architecture.
Automatically tinting windows: Electro-optical devices based on conducting polymers.

Windows that can be tinted electronically - a platform technology that could change architecture and the automotive industry forever has been developed...

Silicon carbide, the green semiconductor

Dr Francesca Iacopi, ANFF-Q @ the Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre, Griffith University
Supporting: Frontier technology and the environment.
Is silicon carbide the new “green” silicon? Ask ANFF-Q’s newest Future Fellow, Dr Francesca Iacopi.

“In the next decade silicon carbide (SiC), and other wide bandgap materials, will unlock technology behind a vast range of energy efficient smart devices” said Francesca.

When art and nanotechnology meet

ANFF-NSW with Associate Professor Paula Dawson, UNSW College of Fine Arts, and others
Supporting: Art
Australian artists and ANFF engineers have made a step towards bringing holographic television content to your living room.

Leading US semiconductor equipment manufacturer engages with ANFF researchers for advanced technological development

Professor Robert G Elliman, ACT node with Applied Materials Inc.
Supporting: Nanotechnology and semiconductor manufacturing.
Leading US semiconductor equipment manufacturer engages with ANFF researchers for advanced...

Micro-extraction for industry

Craig Priest, ANFF SA node
The lab-on-a-chip is revolutionising the way small volume samples are handled in chemistry and biology, however microfluidic process intensification may pave the way for advanced manufacturing at more industrially-relevant scales.

Dr Craig Priest (ANFF-SA) is investigating the use of microchannels to efficiently extract metals from mineral processing streams which cannot be processed using conventional methods.

3D nano-lithography: combined electron and ion beam fabrication

Saulius Juodkazis, ANFF-Vic with Raith GmbH Nanotechnology
A world leader in nanotechnology, Raith GmbH, have partnered with ANFF-Vic node at Swinburne University to introduce a third dimension to nano-fabrication.

Through a Joint Development Program between Swinburne and Raith and partially funded through an ARC Industry Linkage grant,...

Eliminating corrosion

Varsha Lal and Adrian Trinchi – ANFF Victorian node
The Melbourne Centre for Nanofabricaiton and CSIRO are working together in engineering coatings to obtain zero charge on the surface thus eliminating corrosion.

The High Throughput Inorganic Coatings (HTIC) research team at CSIRO has been developing novel two, three and four layered coatings...

Towards the world’s highest strength yarns from carbon nanotubes

Dr Manoj Sridhar, Jackie Cai, Jie Min – ANFF Victorian node
Carbon nanotubes CNTs are about 1,000 times the strength of steel.

However, the breaking strength of a continuous form of CNT spun yarns – a macroscopic structure of CNTs – is generally less than 1% of the theoretical value (10 times the strength of steel). Improving CNT...

Silicon cantilevers

Doug Mair, Instrument Manager from the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication is working collaboratively with Raymond Dagastine from the Particulate Fluids Processing Centre at Melbourne University to develop silicon cantilevers to continue the already extensive research performed by his group into the area of bubble and oil drop dynamics.

Bullet proof graphene

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3D printing

ANFF Materials and Vic nodes are leading Australia in the Progressive Manufacturing technology of 3D printing.

Three dimensional printers are a most beneficial technology for progressive manufacturing. ANFF laboratories at the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (Vic node) and University of Wollongong (Materials node) are both equipped with such printers and can provide a rapid prototyping...

Internal 3-dimensional analysis work for Dotmar

Simon Doe and Dotmar - ANFF SA node
As a demonstration of how ANFF is supporting industry, a simple example has been released describing our interactions with Dotmar, a leading supplier of engineered thermoplastic parts.

ANFF were able to use their recently acquired Xradia MicroXCT-400 X-ray Nanotomography equipment at their South Australian Node...

A key building block for a quantum computer

Prof Andrew Dzurak and Dr Andrea Morello, NSW node - Frontier technologies
ANFF provides the world’s best fabrication tools for Australian scientists at the forefront of their field. Providing this intersection between frontier science and fabrication capabilities is seeding many technological breakthroughs that will change the world.

Since the...