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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. It is effective for a range of applications where conventional electronic...

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,...

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. Ultimately this will improve the profitability of the Victorian mussel farming industry through improved capture of wild mussel spat.

This...

Guerrilla tactics in the war against cancer

ANFF Victorian node Dr Christina Cortez-Jugo, Monash University
ANFF Victoria therapeutic molecules into cancer cells, without harming healthy cells, remains a largely unsolved technological challenge.

The project at MCN aims to address this problem by developing sophisticated, nanoscale therapeutic carriers, with improved efficacy and...

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...

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...

Rapid point of care sensor for infectious disease discrimination

Sasi Kandasamy, Vic node with Biodetectors Pty Ltd and the Small Technologies Uptake Program (STUP)
Bead-based technologies are used in many applications including genetic screening, diagnostics, drug discovery and protein analysis. They allow for fast, specific, high-throughput analysis of target molecules.

The Victorian node of ANFF,...

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...

Focused ion beam milling of biological cells

Dr Manoj Sridhar, Senior Instrument Manager from the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication and Dr Jing Fu, Lecturer, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Monash University are collaborating together on this project to find the optimum FIB milling conditions to mill away a very small, uniform thickness (~ 10 – 50 nm) of a single biological cell.

The...