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Wael Al AbdullaProfessional officer - University of Queensland, QLD node

Dr Wael Al Abdulla completed his PhD in polymer science–electronic applications from University of Basra in 1996. He worked as a Research Scientist and Group Leader for 10 years in the Polymer Research Centre in the field of optical and electronic properties of semiconducting polymers and device fabrication. He published more than 50 papers in well-known journals and conferences and worked on many grant projects.

In 2006 he was awarded an Australia Endeavour Fellowship to work with Professor Whittaker of the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) as a post doctorate researcher. In 2007 he took up a position of Research Fellow in Professor Whittaker’s group working on the degradation of polymer nano composites. In 2009 he worked as a Technology Laboratory Manager for the Polymer Group and more broadly for the AIBN to manage a large proportion of the equipment in the Bionano-products Development Facility. He supervised operation and maintenance of an advanced technology laboratory containing multidisciplinary instruments, including physical characterisation and vibrational spectroscopy tools.
Wael joined the team at ANFF-Q as a Senior Professional Officer in 2014, bringing a wealth of experience in polymer production and characterisation and another pair of highly skilled hands to the ANFF-Q team. Wael manages the ANFF-Q clean room and provides technical support and training. He is also responsible for various fabrication processes and equipment in our lithography and soft-lithography area. As a member of the AIBN Work Place Health and Safety Committee, he has participated in laboratory inductions and advises staff and students on safe laboratory practices.

Dr Thomas AmeringerInstrument Scientist - Swinburne University, VIC node

Martin AmsProfessional Officer - Macquarie University, OptoFab node

Jarek AntoszewskiMBE growth engineer - University of Western Australia, WA node

Dr Benedicta ArhatariInstrument manager - LaTrobe University, VIC node

Dr Arhatari's research was largely gained using a microfocus laboratory x-ray source, the micro Computed Tomography system at the Physics Department, La Trobe University. Her responsibilities included the day-to-day operation of the x-ray source, the construction of an imaging experiment and the use of appropriate position sensitive x-ray detectors. Dr Arhatari's research includes the development and testing of the theory on optimising phase imaging performance. This is done using simulation, experimental and analytic work to analyse models of coherence and polychromaticity as applied to general imaging. The studies of the imaging system are done in the presence of real world systematics and demonstrate 3D phase imaging of real samples.

Syed AshrafSynthesis Officer - University of Wollongong, Materials node

David BarberTechnical Officer - University of New South Wales, New South Wales node

Matt BarrSupport Officer - University of Newcastle, Materials node

Chris BassellProfessional Officer - University of South Australia, SA node

Gordon BatesLaboratory Technical Manager - University of New South Wales, New South Wales node

Prof Paul BurnDeputy Node Director - University of Queensland, QLD node

Professor Paul Burn is the Deputy Director of ANFF-Q and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and Royal Society of Chemistry. He is currently a Professor of Chemistry and the Head of the Centre for Organic Photonics & Electronics, and holds a Vice Chancellor’s Research Focused Fellowship at The University of Queensland, Australia. Paul received his PhD from the University of Sydney before moving to Cambridge University during which he held the Dow Research Fellow at Christ’s College, Cambridge, England. In 1992 he moved to the University of Oxford and then in 2007 to The University of Queensland as an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow. His research focuses on the development of organic (opto)electronic materials and their application in technologies such as thin film photovoltaic devices and photodiodes, organic light-emitting diodes for displays and lighting, and sensors.

Donghoon ChangProfessional Officer - University of South Australia, SA node

Dr Lien ChauSenior Professional officer Lithography and Microfluidics - University of Queensland, QLD node

Dr Lien Chau has a multidisciplinary background with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering (honours), a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy, and a PhD in Bioengineering from The University of Queensland. She joined ANFF-Q in 2011, with research expertise in tissue engineering and microfluidics. As a Senior Professional Officer at ANFF-Q, Lien provides support to clients with microfluidic processes, including device concept and design, fabrication and characterisation, alongside operation of and training on instruments in microfabrication.

Jeffrey CheungProcess Engineer - University of New South Wales, New South Wales node

Anthony ChristianSenior Operations Engineer - Griffith University, QLD node

Mr Anthony Christian joined the Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre (QMNC) at Griffith University in 2007 and brings 20 years’ experience in the semiconductor manufacturing business. A time served Master’s Degree Engineer, he has worked in all areas of semiconductor manufacturing, from facilities management to maintenance and design. Anthony has managed capital equipment procurement with budgets exceeding $100 million per annum.

Using this knowledge Anthony is tasked with maintaining the availability of equipment and facilities, reducing MTBF and MTTR and is the liaison between the Queensland Microtechnology Facility and external facilities contractors and suppliers.

Prof Justin Cooper-WhiteNode director - University of Queensland, QLD node

Professor Justin Cooper-White is the Director of ANFF-Q. A global leader in using engineering to solve problems in biology, Justin is a Research Group Leader at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology and is one of only 13 CSIRO Office of the Chief Executive Science Leaders across Australia. He is a past President of both the Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering and the Australian Society of Rheology and has previously served as an Associate Dean (Research) at The University of Queensland’s Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology.

Dr Nadia CourtProjects Manager - University of New South Wales, New South Wales node

Nora CowenAdministrative Officer - University of New South Wales, New South Wales node

Sukanta DebbarmaProcess Engineer - Australian National University, ACT node

Joint appointment with CUDOS

Simon DoeFacility manager - University of South Australia, SA node

Simon is the Facility manager of the South Australian ANFF node and has a background in materials engineering and joining. He has over twenty years experience in product design and development and was recently in industry as a development manager for a medical device company. He has worked with the CSIRO in the Division of Manufacturing Science and Technology and with a start-up medical device company involved with catheter tracking technologies.

Shan DonANFF Design House Coordinator - Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, VIC node

Shan works at MCN in a part time capacity at the ANFF Design House Coodinator. With more than 18 years IT experience in a variety of organisations and locations (including Russia, Sri Lanka and the USA), Shan brings a broad range of technical expertise to the Design House project. Shan holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Science as a Systems Engineer from Vladimir State University, Russia.

Alastair DowlerExtrusion and Fibre Fabricator - University of Adelaide, OptoFab node

Prof Andrew DzurakNSW Node Director - University of New South Wales, New South Wales node

Andrew Dzurak is the director of the ANFF NSW node and a Scientia Professor of Nanoelectronics in the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications at UNSW. He is one of Australia’s leading experts in nanoelectronics and quantum computing technologies, has a PhD from the University of Cambridge and established Australia’s highest resolution electron-beam lithography capability at the UNSW, offering nanoelectronic device feature sizes down to 10 nanometers. Andrew with Bob Clark (formerly Australia’s Chief Defence Scientist) and other colleagues established the Centre for Quantum Computer Technology in January 2000 which is now the ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology.

Dr Heike Ebendorff-HeidepriemUOA Node Manager - University of Adelaide, OptoFab node

A/Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem received the Ph.D. degree in chemistry from the University of Jena, Germany, in 1994, where she continued her research on optical glasses until 2000. During 2001-2004 she was with the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton, UK, working on novel photosensitive glasses and soft glass microstructured optical fibres with record high nonlinearity. Since 2005, she has been with the University of Adelaide, Australia. Currently, she is one of the leaders of the Optical Materials & Structures Theme at the Institute for Photonics & Advanced Sensing at The University of Adelaide. Heike has published over 170 refereed journal papers and conference proceedings. Her research focuses on the development of mid-infrared, high-nonlinearity and active glasses; glass, preform and fibre fabrication techniques and surface functionalisation of glass.

Dr Fatima EftekhariProcess Engineer - Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, VIC node

Fatima obtained her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering specialized in Plasmonic and Nanophotonic from University of Victoria, Canada in 2009. She also holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Physics from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. In late 2011, she joint CSIRO to work with Dr Tim Davis on Plasmonic circuits for optical signal processing at subwavelength scales.

She has worked extensively in the field of nanostructured Metamaterials and subwavelength Plasmonic devices using Focused Ion and Electron Beams. At MCN, Fatima is responsible for the Raith (Vistec) EBPG5000plusES Electron Beam Lithography system, FEI DualBeam Focused Ion Beam Scanning Electron Microscope (FIB-SEM), and FEI Nova NanoSEM.