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Detecting cancer

Douglas Mair and Yang Choon Lim - ANFF Victorian node
The Melbourne Centre for Nanofabricaiton are supporting a project to create a cantilever based biosensor to detect cancer biomarker antibodies.

These cantilevers are to be made from a photoactive material called SU8. MCN houses all the required tools under one roof that allows manufacture and...

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. The goal of the project is to design and...

Protecting the national water supply

A device fabricated at ANFF’s Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN) could have saved Sydney’s 1998 water crisis.

Microfluidic sensing platforms capable of sorting and filtering nano-particles within Aquatic Sensor Systems may hold the key for future pathogen detection within community water supplies. Using a fluid separation element fabricated within MCN’s state-of-art...

MEMS multi-analyte chemical sensor

WA node - Good health, agriculture
ANFF-WA scientists have developed a platform technology which could be used for the non-invasive detection of lung cancer.

The micro-electro-mechanical-system (MEMS) uses optical waveguides to produce a signal for very high sensitivity cantilever deflection measurements (better than Atomic Force Microscope)...

Bullet proof graphene

Materials node - Frontier technologies
Researchers at the ANFF Materials node have used graphene to develop a new composite material that can produce the toughest fibres to date, even tougher than spider silk and Kevlar.

The latest discovery in the nano world of carbon, graphene has proven to be an amazing building block for advanced materials....

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...

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. Hydrogen is an ideal, non-polluting and carbon neutral fuel.

Electromaterials can inherently store charge within their structure, and...

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...

Microrobots that can swim in your blood

Materials node - Biomedical devices
The possibility of a doctor using tiny robots in your body to diagnose and treat medical conditions is one step closer to becoming reality.

Microrobots would aid greatly in the practice of non-invasive and exploratory surgery by accessing parts of the cardiovascular system in a safer and less invasive way than conventional...

Flu detection in less than an hour

Prof Tanya Monro, OptoFab – commercializing their technology
Biomedical devices
ANFF scientists at the OptoFab node have developed a device which may be able to prevent a bird flu pandemic.

The biosensor, developed by Tanya Monro and Alexandre Francois from the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) at the University of Adelaide,...