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Australian Museum Eureka Awards

ANFF featured prominently at the Australian Museum Eureka Awards, an event dubbed as the Oscars of Australian Science. Winners and finalists from the ANFF network included:

     •    Rosie Hicks, ANFF CEO, finalist for the Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science in recognition of her work building ANFF into a national collaborative research network that is beginning to deliver outstanding outcomes in transformative areas of science, technology and industry; (Video:
     •    Michelle Simmons, Director of CQC2T (Australian Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation & Communication Technology, supported by the NSW Node) won the Leadership in Science category; (Video:
     •    Tanya Monro from ARC Centre for Nanoscale Biophotonics, (supported by OptoFab) with collaborators, won the prize for Interdisciplinary Scientific Research; (Video: and
     •    Paul Burn from COPE (Centre for Organic Photonics & Electronics, supported by ANFF-Q) was a finalist in the category Outstanding Science for Safeguarding Australia. (Video:

Micromachining Technologist position

The Micromachining Technologist at the South Australian node of Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) will play a major role in the fabrication of high-end microfluidic devices and specialty surfaces for internal and external clients. They will be primarily responsible for the high performance CNC controlled CAD/CAM micromachining equipment, but will also provide highly specialised technical expertise for other instrumentation in the Microfluidics and Nanofabrication clean-room facility, including laboratory and equipment maintenance, training and service for internal and external clients.

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Free Plasma-Therm Technical Workshop on 24 September 2015

The UNSW and ANFF-NSW are putting on a Plasma-Therm Technical Workshop: Fundamentals of Plasma Processing (Etching and Deposition).
September 24, 2015 (Thursday), 8:00am to 5:30pm Location: University of New South Wales
Room: 307 Newton Building

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CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science

Congratulations to ANFF CEO Rosie Hicks, who has been listed as a finalist for the CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science.

Winners will be announced at the Award Dinner on 26 August.

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Prof Chennupati Jagadish to receive an IEEE Pioneer Award in Nanotechnology

It has been announced that the ANFF ACT Node Director will receive the prestigious award for “For pioneering and sustained contributions to compound semiconductor quantum well, quantum dot and nanowire optoelectronic devices and their integration”. Key among his accomplishments are a number of major advances in compound semiconductor quantum dot and nanowire growth techniques and optoelectronics devices.

The presentation will be made during the Awards Ceremony of the 2015 IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC), at the Hyatt Regency Reston, Reston, Virginia, USA on Monday, 5th October 2015.

ANFF would like to congratulate Professor Jagadish for all of his work that has led to such a significant accolade.

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ANFF South Australia Microengineering Winter School

The ANFF South Australia Microengineering Winter School will occur on Tuesday 14th – Friday 17th July 2015 at Building MM, Mawson Lakes Campus University of South Australia.

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2015 National Measurement Institute prize for excellence in measurement research

Congratulations to Dr Alessandro Rossi from the University of New South Wales who has been awarded the 2015 NMI prize for excellence in measurement research. Dr Rossi has been developing quantum dot-based single electron pump devices (fully fabricated within the ANFF-NSW laboratories) to serve as a metrological standard for electric current. Most recent results have achieved a current greater than 80 pA with an uncertainty of less than 30 parts per million – almost two orders of magnitude better performance than in any other silicon-based implementation.


ANFF updated the Australian Medical Device Industry on some new transformative technologies that are evolving out of Australian research. At the AusMedtech conference in Melbourne on 29 and 30 May, the following presentations were met with enthusiasm and discussion on how the industry can help deliver these technologies to our hospitals and clinics.

Wearable skin-like sensors - Prof Wenlong Cheng, Monash University:
Soft skin-like biomedical sensors can offer applications that are impossible to achieve with conventional rigid wafer and planar circuit board technologies due to their unique capacity to integrate with soft materials and curvilinear surfaces. In particular, they can be used as true wearable sensors for health monitoring anytime anywhere. Recently, we have developed innovative nanowire-based and bio-inspired approaches to synthesize skin-like piezo-resistive materials, which can be used to fabricate highly stretchy wearable biomedical sensors. The superior sensing properties, in conjunction with mechanical flexibility and robustness, enable real-time monitoring of wrist pulses, muscle stretching as well as other body motions.

New yellow and terahertz laser sources and their applications for cancer diagnosis - Dr Andrew Lee, Macquarie University
Imagine identifying a malignant tumour without the need for invasive biopsies or immediately detecting and identifying plastic explosives strapped to a passenger’s waist. This is the promise of terahertz (THz) radiation, a single technology that can detect and identify concealed materials. Holding back this promise is the lack of a robust and cost-effective way of generating THz radiation. At Macquarie University Dr Lee and his group are developing a THz laser system that will enable these real-world applications. Another technology that will be presented is a yellow Raman laser that is being developed and commercialised for the enhanced treatment of diabetic retinopathy.

Abstract book for Enabling Technologies Technical Exchange meeting now available

The abstract book for the Enabling Technologies Technical Exchange meeting is now available for viewing/download

ANFF 2025 – Future Capabilities Consultation sessions

The ANFF Future Capabilities Consultation is an opportunity to examine the fabrication challenges that the Australian R&D community will tackle over the next 7 – 10 years.

What will be the impact of this work? What will be the new scientific and commercial outcomes? What are the barriers to our success?

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