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Farewell, congratulations, and good luck to Rosie Hicks, ANFF’s inaugural CEO

Rosie Hicks, ANFF CEO, has decided to move on to her next chapter after nearly 12 years at the helm of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF). She will take up the position of CEO of the recently formed Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) on 15 April 2019.

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Postdoctoral/Research Fellow in epitaxy of III-V semiconductors at The Australian National University

The ANU is currently seeking a Postdoctoral/Research Fellow to join our research team to embark on a project entitled "Improving Efficiency, Durability and Cost-effectiveness of III-V Semiconductors for Direct Water Electrolysis" funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

The Postdoctoral/Research Fellow will conduct research on the epitaxial growth of metamorphic and lattice-matched multi-junction III-V semiconductor materials. This position will also support research on epitaxial lift-off and device development for solar cells and solar fuels generation applications.

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Case study – Re-purposing waste to soak up oil spills and mercury pollution

A reusable and buoyant polymer created from industrial waste products could be used as a sponge to soak up oil spills, reducing marine devastation while safely recovering the crude oil.

The polymer is created by reacting sulphur and used cooking oil – both waste products that are easily available, affordable, and abundant.

Read more about this work led by Dr Justin Chalker from Flinders University, and enabled by ANFF-SA, here.

Nanofabrication excellence on display at AIP2018

An enlightening four days were held in December as the world of physics descended on the University of Western Australia for the 23rd Australian Institute of Physics Congress.

2018 ANFF User Survey

Deadline 31 January 2019

We are asking all users to let us know their thoughts on MCN and ANFF-VIC’s parent organisation, the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF).

Respondents to the ANFF Survey are eligible to enter a prize draw for $100 cash voucher. If you would like to enter, please include your email address at the end of the survey.

Please note that all responses are anonymous.

View the 2018 ANFF User Survey here.

Introducing ANFF’s COO

ANFF is delighted to announce that Dr Jane Fitzpatrick will be joining the ANFF team as Chief Operating Officer. She will be assuming her new role on 14 January 2019.

Facility Manager - Australian National Fabrication Facility (UQ Node)

The Facility Manager will provide strategic and operational management of the UQ ANFF Node, including responsibility for: equipment purchase; personnel management; business development; access planning and implementation; access tracking, invoicing and user feedback; user point-of-contact...

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Thinking BIG with NANO roundup

Early Career Researcher-focused event helps the future entrepreneurs gain the skills they need.

The Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF), the Australian Nanotechnology Network (ANN) and RMIT University partnered to provide an Early Career Researcher-focused event, Thinking BIG with NANO.

With around 95 people attending the event held at RMIT’s City Campus, young researchers from across Australia were given an opportunity to hear from an international cohort of leading CEOs, experts, and academics that have trodden similar paths in the past. Talks and workshops covered topics ranging from how to effectively communicate a pitch; case studies exhibiting how current market leaders have achieved success; and the ways in which to benefit from of Intellectual Property law while avoiding potential pitfalls.

The event was organised as part of a shared continuing goal to provide Australia’s budding academics and inventors with the skills they need to revolutionise their respective fields of research.

ANFF, ANN and RMIT would all like to thank all of the speakers and attendees that made the event a success.

The organising committee would like to ask all attendees to fill out this survey form to help shape events like this in the future.

Contact Tom Eddershaw with any questions.

Cathodoluminescence/Processing Officer position at ANU

The Cathodoluminescence/Processing Officer position is available at the ANU College of Science (CoS). The Cathodoluminescence/Processing Officer will provide efficient management and operation of a state-of-the-art scanning electron microscope (SEM) system with cathodoluminescence (CL) capability as well as a suite of processing equipment related to semiconductors technology. We are to appoint a highly motivated individual to operate and maintain the systems, train users and provide research support to academics/students. View More

Monitoring qubits for the first time

A team of UNSW researchers has taken yet another important step towards realising a functional quantum computer by experimentally demonstrating a platform that will allow for quantum mistakes to be corrected.

Quantum computers have the potential to revolutionise the way scientists design new drugs, create complex simulations of weather patterns or take artificial intelligence to new heights.

They use a binary language of 1s and 0s as do traditional computers – in which strings of bits, which are related to transistors being on or off, are used to perform calculations that in turn perform the task that the computer was asked to do.

Instead of the transistor devices used to realise traditional bits, a quantum bit (qubit) in the UNSW design contains a single electron. Electrons have an intrinsic property called spin which can be either up or down, meaning the qubit binary information can be a 1 or a 0. What makes it exciting is a phenomenon called the superposition principle which, often explained using the famous analogy of ‘Schrodinger’s cat’, means that until it’s observed, the electron is spinning both up and down, so the qubit is both 1 and 0 simultaneously. This superposition principle, combined with another quantum phenomenon known as ‘entanglement’, means that a quantum computer can perform a range of useful calculations of unprecedented complexity at an astounding rate.