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Dr Thomas AmeringerInstrument Scientist - Swinburne University, VIC 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.

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.

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. After her PhD, she joined Photonics Group at University of Toronto, Canada, as a postdoctoral research fellow to work on Optofluidic-Assisted Raman Spectroscopy. In late 2011, she came to Melbourne to work with MCN Technology Fellow, Dr Tim Davis of CSIRO 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 FEI DualBeam Focused Ion Beam Scanning Electron Microscope (FIB-SEM), FEI Nova NanoSEM as well as an assistant manager for Electron Beam Lithography (EBL) instrument.

Gediminas Gervinskas Process Engineer - Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, VIC node

Gediminas Gervinskas received a BSc and MSc in physics from Vilnius University in Lithuania in 2007 and 2009, respectively. He has three years of experience as an engineer in the Heavy Ion Beams Analysis group at the Physics Institute in Vilnius. In 2010, he began working on group projects at MCN under MCN Technology Fellow, Prof. Saulius Juodkazis from Swinburne university. His work focused on creation of optofluidic platform for integration of plasmonic, micro-photonic, and fluidic functionalities for applications in bio-/environmental-/medical sensing.

At MCN, Gediminas is responsible for the FEI Dual Beam Focused Ion Beam and Scanning Electron Microscope (FIB-SEM), FEI Nova NanoSEM (FEG-SEM) as well as the Hitachi TM3030 SEM (Tabletop-SEM) with Oxford EDX instruments.

Dr Lachlan HydeProcess Engineer - Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, VIC node

Lachlan holds a BSc (Hons) in Nanotechnology from Flinders University and a PhD in Applied Science (Minerals and Materials) at the University of South Australia. He has research proficiencies using the techniques of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry (VASE), atomic force microscopy (AFM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Depositon (PECVD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). At MCN, Lachlan is available to assist with ALD, VASE, thermal evaporation and diamond depositions.

Dr Robert JonesInstrument manager - LaTrobe University, VIC node

A Research Fellow in the Centre for Materials and Surface Science (CMSS), Dr Jones provides support to researchers and commercial clients requiring surface analysis of their materials; in particular, by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, time-of-flight secondary-ion mass spectrometry, scanning Auger microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, and contact-angle measurements. He is responsible for facilitating and coordinating access to the centre's surface-analytical instruments by collaborating research and development groups, for conducting analyses for industrial clients, and for providing advice and training on instrument use and data interpretation. He is also responsible for the operation, optimisation, maintenance, and servicing of the centre's instruments and allied resources.

Dr Sean LangelierSenior Process Engineer - Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, VIC node

Sean completed Bachelors degrees of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2005. He also holds an MS (2007) and PhD (2010) of Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. During his graduate studies, he focused mainly on novel acoustic micro-pumping concepts and modular microfluidic assembly. Sean came to Melbourne in early 2011 as a postdoctoral fellow at the MicroNanophysics Research Laboratory (MNRL) under Prof James Friend (RMIT, MCN Tech Fellow) and Prof Leslie Yeo (RMIT) where he worked on the development of surface acoustic wave (SAW) actuators for a variety of microfluidic applications.

Dr Yang LimProcess Engineer - Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, VIC node

At MCN, Yang supports thin film deposition via ebeam evaporation, direct-write photolithography, 3D printing, laser doppler vibrometry, dicing saw and the PDMS laboratory.

Yang joined Intel Microelectronics Malaysia as a test equipment development engineer for a year and a half before pursuing her postgraduate studies. She graduated with a PhD in Engineering from Deakin University in 2012 in the field of BioMEMS. Yang’s thesis research area is on the development, characterisation and gas plasma functionalisation of SU-8 microcantilever aptasensor for disease detection.

Dr Deanna MatthewsProject Co-ordinator - LaTrobe University, VIC node

Deanna completed a Bachelor of Space Science(Hons) at La Trobe University, followed by a Ph.D. at La Trobe as a co-supervised student of the CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science student program. Her Ph.D. research focused on high-resolution observations of neutral hydrogen gas in the Magellanic Stream using the Australia Telescope Compact Array and the Parkes Radio Telescope. After completing her postgraduate study Deanna took on Course Coordinator, Course Supervisor and teaching assistant roles in the La Trobe Department of Physics. In August 2012 Deanna joined the Centre for Materials and Surface Science as Project Coordinator. She is responsible for overseeing, facilitating and implementing national research projects within the Centre, in conjunction with developing and maintaining relationships with clients and service providers.

Bernie OrelupSenior Process Engineer - Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, VIC node

Bernie has a multidisciplinary background in materials science and engineering (BSc - Purdue University), business administration (MBA - Arizona State University), and management. Prior to joining the MCN, Bernie spent 17 years with the Semiconductor fabrication industry, working in process engineering and manufacturing with Intel Corporation. His vast expertise includes nanotechnology process development, process characterisation, equipment start-ups, manufacturing operations, cost reduction, quality control, and employee management and training. Bernie brings a wealth of industrial cleanroom fabrication experience and knowledge in the areas of dry/chemical etching, thin films deposition, and optical photolithography to the MCN to support our clients.

Dr Abu SadekProcess Engineer - Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, VIC node

Abu received his Bachelor and Master of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) degrees from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology and the University of Melbourne, respectively. He recieved his PhD in Electronic Materials Engineering from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in 2008, specializing in development of nanotechnology-enabled gas sensors.

Abu comes to the MCN with extensive experience in a variety of microfabrication techniques including: cleanroom processing, photolithography, wet/dry etching, plasma systems engineering, SAW based gas sensors development, thin films deposition and electronic characterisation. Dr Sadek’s primary role within MCN is to provide focused support for projects emanating from Deakin University.

Dan SmithPlatform Support Officer - Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, VIC node

Dan joined the MCN in May 2013 bringing extensive knowledge and over 25 years of experience in micro/nanofabrication, MEMS and semiconductor manufacturing, process development, process integration, process characterization, equipment operation and maintenance.

Dan’s current role is a secondment from the University of Melbourne and he is based at the MCN to primarily support the users/clients from the University of Melbourne. Dan is also available to support all MCN users as needed with any aspect of their project, including experimental design, equipment training or support, and process development or characterization.

Dr Paul SpizzirriFacility Manager - Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, VIC node

Paul Spizzirri joined the MCN in June 2011 and brings with him over 20 years of varied laboratory experience with the last 11 years focused on silicon processing technologies applied to the fabrication of a solid state quantum computer. Paul is responsible for many of the operational activities of the MCN including training and environmental health and safety matters.

Dr Ricky TjeungProcess Engineer - Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, VIC node

Ricky received his Bachelor and Master of Engineering (B.Eng and M.Eng) degrees from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He completed his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree at Monash University, Australia; focusing primarily on the development of surface acoustics wave based micro actuators. Prior to pursuing his doctoral degree in Australia, Ricky has had various working experiences with NTU, Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech - A*STAR), and Avago Technologies. His past responsibilities ranged from development and performance characterization of novel micro devices, to maintenance and optimization of a manufacturing production line. Ricky brings considerable microfabrication and characterization expertises to the MCN. He is responsible for photolithography, physical vapour deposition, chemical vapor deposition and reactive ion etching processes.

Dr Hemayet UddinProcess Engineer - Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, VIC node

Hemayet holds a 1st class BSc (Hons) and MSc in Chemistry from Chittagong University, Bangladesh. He completed his PhD (2003) in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science on “Phase Behaviour, Self-organization and Nanostructures of Silicone Copolymer” from Yokohama National University (YNU). He undertook three postdoctoral terms from 2003 to 2008 at the Ajinomoto Co. Inc., YNU and Tohoku University, Japan, where he studied in broad areas of Colloid, Surface and Biophysical Sciences including development of viscoelastic formulations (for LOREAL, France), resonace shear forces of confined micellar solutions and peptide-biomembrane interactions.

Hemayet brings considerable AFM and surface/nanomaterials characterisation expertise to the MCN. He is responsible for Cleanroom (Dimension iCon) AFM, BioAFM, Light Field Microspectrometer and CytoViva Hyperspectral Microscopy.

Dr John ZhuClient Services Manager - Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, VIC node

John joined the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication as the Client Service Manager in March 2013, bringing over 20 years of business experiences in sales, marketing and management for high tech and scientific instruments at both local and international levels. John graduated with a Bachelor degree of Optical Engineering from Zhejiang University in China, going on to graduate from Macquarie University with a PhD in Laser Optics. He then completed a Masters of International Business in 1996 at the University of Melbourne.

Before joining MCN, John worked for Coherent Scientific Pty Ltd as a Victoria Sales Representative mainly responsible for Nikon Microscope business for customers in Biological, Medical Research and Industrial areas. John dramatically expanded the Nikon Microscope business in Victoria, including the state of the art Nikon Confocal Microscope and Nikon Super Resolution products (N-STORM, N-SIM) which offers optical imaging capabilities up to sub 20nm range. John now specializes in client relationships at MCN and as an Instrument Manager for Confocal Microscopes, Bio-AFM and other microscope based instruments.