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South Australian Node

The ANFF SA node is co-located at the Ian Wark Research Institute (University of South Australia) and Flinders University, and brings together expertise in surface modification, characterisation, nanotechnology, and advanced materials. The node is focused on the design and fabrication of micro and nano-engineered structures, including microfluidic devices, in both polymer and glass substrates. Surface structures and patterns, channel designs, and chemical functionality can be tailored to the needs of the facility users. The facility houses state-of-the-art photolithography, embossing, etching, and bonding equipment in ISO Class 5 & 6 clean room environments, and ready access to a variety of powerful surface characterisation tools at the University of South Australia and Flinders University locations. The facility specializes in the production of next-generation and high-performance microfluidic devices and can offer rapid turn-around of prototypes using our nano-precision KIRA micromachining tool.

The South Australian node offers capabilities, expertise, and opportunities to collaborate with affiliated staff in the fields of:

  • Micro/nanofluidics
  • Surface chemistry
  • Surface structuring (etching, molding, embossing)
  • Thin film deposition
  • Surface spectroscopy
  • X-ray micro/nanotomography (volumetric analysis)

The South Australian node offers capabilities, expertise, and opportunities to collaborate with affiliated staff in the fields of micro/nanofluidics ,  surface chemistry, surface structuring (etching, molding, embossing), thin film deposition,  urface spectroscopy and x-ray micro/nanotomography (volumetric analysis).

Flagship facilities and capabilities:

  • Sputter Coater
  • Optical Lithography with UV-NIL Capability
  • Substrate Bonder / Hot Embosser
  • Deep Reactive Ion Etcher
  • Nano-precision CNC Micromachining Mill
  • Wafer Dicer
  • High resolution X-Ray tomography
  • AFM with TERS
  • Digital Holographic Microscope
  • Microfluidics Workstation
  • Benchtop Scanning Electron microscope
  • Optical profilometer

Deep Reactive Ion Etched (DRIE) pyrex

hot embossing stamp for a polymer microfluidic device hot embossing tool for fabricating fluid mixing microfluidic device finished glass microfluidic device grid structures on silicon wafer for casting microfluidic chips micro channels in microfluidic device

Node Director: Professor Thomas Nann
Phone: +61 8 8302 5369

Deputy Director: Dr Craig Priest
Phone: +618 8302 5146

Facility Manager: Mr Simon Doe
Phone: +61 8 8302 5226