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ANFF in the war against terror

Dr Yonggang Zhu
Safeguarding Australia
A device that can quickly and reliably detect sarin, the colourless and odourless gas responsible for the 1995 terrorist attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995, has been developed at ANFF.

The “lab-on-a-chip” device looks set to boost national security and potentially save lives. Being compact...

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.


Mending broken nerves with a 3D printer

Prof Gordon Wallace and A/Prof Peter Innis Materialsnode
Supporting: Good Health
3D printing is promised to provide a revolution in manufacturing, where everything you buy is personalised, from eye glasses, to jewellery, or bone prosthesis. But who would have thought it could be as personal as a customised conduit to repair a broken nerve?


Microrobots that swim in human arteries

Prof James Friend, Vic node
Supporting: Good Health
Microrobots are making minimally invasive vascular surgery (MIVS) less risky.

A tiny 240 µm-diameter ultrasonic motor designed to navigate a micro-robot through human arteries has been fabricated at the ANFF. The technology, developed by Professor James Friend of the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication,...

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.

They have successfully produced a computer generated hologram the equivalent of a 3 x 3 mm zone of...

Making noise in medical device technology

ANFF Victorian node and Professor James Friend, Monash University
New means treating cancer and autoimmune diseases could be enabled by a nano-bio technology being developed at the ANFF’s Victorian node. The new nano-fluidic platform being developed at the Victorian node of ANFF will use the interaction between fluids and very high...

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. Micro-solvent extraction...