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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.

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.

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.

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 Jane FitzpatrickFacility Manager - University of Queensland, QLD node

Dr Jane Fitzpatrick is the Facility Manager of ANFF-Q. Jane has a background in biotechnology where she worked in industry and academia, including a 3 year spell with an innovative biotech start-up company. She brings experience in business development and operations management from her previous roles and has a wealth of experience of the ANFF organisation through her involvement since 2010. She also has a focus on the development and support of the female members of our industry to ensure that the talent that we nurture is fully realised. As with all our staff, she is dedicated to the principles of open access, centralised facilities that support Australian researchers to achieve on a global scale.

Anita GibsonBusiness Development Manager - University of Queensland, QLD node

Ms Anita Gibson is the Business Development Officer for ANFF-Q and works to help researchers discover how ANFF-Q support and services can help them to further develop their research. Anita received her Master’s degree in 2010 and her BSc in 2001 from The University of Queensland. She also performs senior administration functions for ANFF-Q.

Leonie HoldSenior Research Assistant - Griffith University, QLD node

Mrs Leonie Hold is a Senior Research Assistant within the ANFF-Q and Queensland Micro and Nanotechnology Centre at the Queensland Microtechnology Facility, Griffith University. She joined Griffith in 2005 and has had previous micro-technology fabrication experience in Fraunhofer Institutes in Germany. Her current specialisation is in plasma etching and the deposition of silicon carbide on silicon, aluminium nitride and other materials.

Alan IacopiOperations Director - Griffith University, QLD node

Mr Alan Iacopi is the Operations Director of the ANFF-Q Griffith University Site and the Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre (QMNC) based at the Queensland Microtechnology Facility (QMF), Griffith University. Before moving to Australia, Alan had over 20 years of international semiconductor industry experience. Positions held included Wafer Fab Senior Process Engineer; Production Equipment Engineering Management—Research, Design and Development; Plasma Etch Division Manager; and European Business Unit Manager for Tokyo Electron.

Alan specified and project-managed the build of the QMF in 2005–2006. Alan was the vision behind the creation of the QMF providing industry standard processing technology and enabling research and development device fabrication through to pilot production. He selected and procured equipment and, where necessary, custom designed equipment to bring research capability processing to industry standards. He is the inventor of the patented silicon carbide on silicon epitaxial reactors, and, working with equipment manufacturers, designed and built the flagship equipment at the QMF that gives Griffith University and the ANFF a world leading processing capability for the deposition of silicon carbide onto silicon wafers up to 300 mm in diameter.

Kerryn IacopiAdministrative Officer - Griffith University, QLD node

Kerryn has had over 10 years working within the semiconductor equipment industry in the UK with positions held including marketing, sales administration, capital equipment and spares Import and export administration.

Rob KemberyAdministrative Officer - University of Queensland, QLD node

Dr Javaid KhanSenior Professional officer Polymer characterisation and testing. - University of Queensland, QLD node

Dr Javaid Khan obtained his PhD in Bio-polymers from Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, in 2008. He received his Master’s degree in Chemistry at the K.F. University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran, KSA. Javaid worked as a Research Scientist for more than 10 years in the area of polymer degradation and stabilisation in the Centre for Refining and Petrochemicals at the Research Institute of KFUPM. He has worked on many client-funded research projects in the area of polymers. He has also published more than 32 papers in refereed journals and conferences. He joined ANFF-Q in January 2011 and is now working as a polymer characterisation expert. He is responsible for many sophisticated instruments and performs training, data analysis and method development of various kinds of polymer and bio-materials on these instruments. He holds expertise in GPC, HPLC, ellipsometry, thermal analysis and vibrational spectroscopy instruments for analysing various types of polymeric materials. Javaid is also a member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute polymer division.

Doug MairSenior Professional officer - University of Queensland, QLD node

Mr Doug Mair has 15 years of semiconductor experience with Motorola and Freescale Semiconductor working on various CMOS products and processes mainly for the automotive industry. In Doug’s last role he worked for the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication as an instrument manager and also defined and led the development of RMIT’s $35 million MicroNano Research Facility which opened in 2014. At ANFF-Q he works on two photon lithography and photolithography in addition to a range of metrology techniques and client projects.

Prof Nam-Trung NyguyenDeputy Node Director - Griffith University, QLD node

Professor Nam-Trung Nguyen is the Deputy Director of ANFF-Q. He received his Dip-Ing, Dr Ing and Dr Ing Habil degrees from Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany, in 1993, 1997 and 2004, respectively. The habilitation degree (Dr Ing Habil) is the respected qualification for a full professorship in Germany. During his 10 year stay in Germany, he also worked for Robert Bosch GmbH, the industry leader in micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) for automotive applications. He contributed to the development of the MEMS-based fuel injection systems as well as sensing systems for pressure and mass flow rate. In 1998, he was a postdoctoral research engineer in the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (University of California at Berkeley, USA). Nam-Trung was the First Runner-Up of the Inaugural ProSPER.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Awards in Sustainable Development in 2009 and the Runner-Up of ASAIHL-Scopus Young Scientist Awards in 2008. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Dr Kinnari ShelatSenior Professional officer - University of Queensland, QLD node

Dr Kinnari Shelat received her PhD in Material Sciences from the Ian Wark Research Institute at the University of South Australia in 2008. Her area of expertise includes structure-property-performance characterisation of different materials (biopolymers, polymers) using mechanical, spectroscopic and microscopic techniques. Kinnari finished her postdoc at The University of Queensland working on the CSIRO Food Futures Flagship at the Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences. She joined ANFF-Q in 2014 and provides technical support and training for the confocal microscope, several atomic force microscopes and Raman spectroscopy. She is an active member of Women in Technology and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute polymer division.

Dr Elliot ChengSenior Professional Officer - University of Queensland, QLD node

Dr Elliot Cheng obtained his PhD from the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Canterbury (New Zealand) in 2009. During 2009–2012, he worked at The University of Queensland (UQ) as a postdoctoral researcher on a collaborative project between a team of researchers from UQ and Intel Corp., Hillsboro, USA, on developing directed-self-assembly (DSA) processes for extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUVL) for 22 nm transistor fabrication. At the time he was also in charge of providing electron beam lithography (EBL) services for the Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis at UQ. Elliot joined ANFF-Q in late 2012 and he specialises in various nanofabrication and characterisation techniques such as EBL, DSA, and electron microscopy.

Dr Elena TaranSenior Professional officer AFM and LSM - University of Queensland, QLD node

Dr Elena Taran completed her PhD at Kyoto University, Japan (November 2006), with a thesis on the effects of pH on silica nanotribology studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM). In 2007, she joined The University of Queensland’s School of Chemical Engineering as a post-doctoral researcher, where she used AFM to study interactions between soft surfaces (bubbles, droplets) with applications in mineral processing. Since January 2009, she has been in charge of the AFM, Raman and confocal laser scanning microscopy facilities at ANFF-Q.

Glenn WalkerSenior Research Assistant - Griffith University, QLD node

Mr Glenn Walker is a Senior Research Assistant within the ANFF-Q and Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre at the Queensland Microtechnology Facility, Griffith University. Glenn is a microelectronic engineer and an experienced semiconductor device process engineer.

Kai - Yu LiuSenior Professional officer Etching, deposition, COPE clean room equipment - University of Queensland, QLD node

Mr Kai-Yu Liu received his Master’s degree in Microelectronics Engineering in 2000 from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) of Singapore. After graduation, he continued working in the same school at NTU, where he was a Senior Engineer and Team Leader of the Nanyang Nanofabrication Centre in NTU and was in charge of process integration, device characterisation and project management, as well as setting up their new class 100 cleanroom. In addition, he was responsible for various fabrication processes and equipment, such as etching, deposition, ion implantation, and metrology tools. In 2010, he joined ANFF-Q as a Senior Professional Officer. Kai-Yu is responsible for microfabrication—mainly in the areas of etching (DRIE, RIE) and deposition (e-beam evaporation and sputtering)—as well as characterisation techniques.