A team headed up by CNBP Chief Investigators Prof. Dayong Jin and Prof. Tanya Monro has been recognised for its innovative research in developing super-bright nanocrystals (termed Super Dots), winning the Eureka 2015 Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research.
The Super Dots team, consisting of Dayong Jin, CNBP, University of Technology Sydney and Macquarie University; Tanya Monro, CNBP, University of South Australia and University of Adelaide; and Bradley Walsh, Minomic International and Macquarie University, was awarded the prize for its work in the creation and use of nanocrystals that can illuminate hidden diseased cells in a living body and which also has application in the labeling, coding and authentication space.
Based on advances in diverse fields including material chemistry, optical physics, nanotechnology, biotechnology, computational modelling and instrumentation engineering, Super Dot technology is truly interdisciplinary in nature explained Prof. Jin.
“Our invention is a typical example of an interdisciplinary approach. By sourcing advances in physics, chemistry and biology, we have been able to breakthrough bottleneck issues in material sciences and optical physics, allowing us to develop a new transformational technology.”
He added, “Research within a single discipline is interesting, but interdisciplinary research, working with collaborators with a shared focus as a team, is far more exciting and rewarding.”
Additional information on this winning team is available online from the Australian Museum – Eureka web site.