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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...

Optic fibre sensors: An aircraft wing that knows when it is corroding

Roman Kostecki and Tanya Monro, OptoFab node — University of Adelaide
Frontier technologies
Aircraft wings with built in corrosion detectors could save millions in maintenance and increase the safety of aircraft.

This is one of many technologies evolving from a new generation of sensors made from optical fibres that are being developed...

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...

ANFF providing solutions casebook

In 2012, ANFF provided solutions for over 1600 researchers and this publication highlights some of these solutions...

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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...

Detection of cancer cells in a microfluidic device

Benjamin Thierry, SA node - University of South Australia
Good health
Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related mortality in women. The common HER2 status of a breast cancer is primarily responsible for this disease being the most aggressive of all.

A device fabricated at ANFF could provide an ultra-sensitive early-detection...

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...

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,...