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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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Reprieve for nation’s research facilities - But where’s the money coming from?

Scientists and researchers across the Australia are relieved to hear of the reprieve for the nation’s 27 major national research facilities, but concerns remain about the source of the funding.

STA CEO Catriona Jackson said Education Minister Christopher Pyne had indicated that he had heard the nation’s science and business leaders and de-linked the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure System (NCRIS) funding from the fate of the university de-regulation package.

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ANFF Summer newsletter 2015

Making gene therapy accessible to the masses, Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Technology, 11-14 May 2015, ANFF 2025 - Future Capabilities Consultation and more...

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Enabling Technologies Technical Exchange Meeting

Under the auspices of the 2015 United States-Australia Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) on Science and Technology, an Enabling Technologies Technical Exchange Meeting will be held in Arlington, Virginia. The purpose of the technical exchange is to explore and potentially build basic research collaborations between the US and Australia. The three overarching technical thrusts are: Materials Science, Physics, and Biomedical Sciences.

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