19 December 2016:
CNBP researchers Prof Rob McLaughlin (pictured) and Dr Erik Schartner, have received funding for their research activity through the University of Adelaide’s Commercial Accelerator Scheme.
Through CAS, the University contributes up to $400,000 each year in cash to research projects with a commercial application. The funding is provided for proof of concept and early commercialisation activities, to promote translational research for impact, and greater industry engagement.
Funding details follow below, with additional information available online.
Smart needles for safer and more effective brain surgery
$80,000 awarded to Professor Rob McLaughlin (Adelaide School of Medicine and ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics )
A novel miniaturised imaging probe, so small that it can be encased within a hypodermic needle for use in neurosurgery, enables safer and more effective brain biopsies. Having already progressed this product to initial human in vivo studies, this high-tech medical device is ready to go through the regulatory pathways. If commercialised, it could service an estimated $200m market, creating new employment opportunities in South Australia, and better neurosurgery outcomes globally.
Cancer cell detector
$80,000 awarded to Dr Erik Schartner (School of Physical Sciences and ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics)
With 15-20% of breast cancer surgery patients requiring additional surgery to further remove tumorous tissue, there is a need for improved surgical practices that can also provide enhanced cosmetic outcomes. This technology offers a novel detection tool using optical fibre sensors that will differentiate between cancerous and normal tissues based on pH levels, to provide specific, real-time information to surgeons.
16 December 2016:
CNBP’s RMIT University node welcomes new PhD student Maria Javaid to the team.
Maria has a MPhil from the University of Sargodha, Pakistan and her background is in exploring the transport properties of graphene.
Here Maria will be searching for new fluorescent biomarkers based on 2d materials. She will be supervised by CNBP Chief Investigator Andy Greentree and CNBP Research Fellow Daniel Drumm.
A big CNBP welcome to you Maria!
12 December 2016:
Congratulations to our recent CNBP PhD graduate, Dr Sandhya Clement who has just won a Macquarie University Faculty of Science Award for ‘Excellence in Sessional Teaching’.
Well done Sandhya!
8 December 2016:
CNBP’s Macquarie University node hosted researchers from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) at a highly successful full day workshop held on the 8th December, 2016.
The workshop was an opportunity to showcase current imaging and sensing research from both organisations, to stimulate discussion and to see where collaboration opportunities might potentially lie in the future.
In a full and impressive program, ANSTO team members and their research topics presented included:
1. Marie-Claude Gregoire – who provided a team overview and introduction
2. Ben Fraser – multi-modal probes
3. Paul Callaghan – in vivo & post mortem multi-modality imaging
4. Mitra Safavi-Naeni – imaging quantification
5. Catriona Wimberley – in vivo kinetic modelling
CNBP researchers Arun Dass, Guozhen Liu, Helen Xu, Wei Deng, Nima Sayyadi, Andrew Care, Nicole Cordina, Varun Sreenivasan, Lianmei Jiang and Ayad Anwer also delivered talks on their areas of research and expertise.
Below – workshop attendees ready for an exciting day of presentations and discussion!
8 December 2016:
CNBP’s Macquarie University node welcomes PhD student Rachit Bansal to the team.
Rachit has a Master’s in Nanotechnology from VIT University, Vellore, India, where he worked on the synthesis and properties evaluation of different conducting, insulating, semiconducting and superconducting oxides.
Later he worked at the National University of Singapore in the area of Biochemistry exploring the cross-link efficiency of siderophores (especially enterobactin) in order to design non-leachable anti-fungal wound dressings.
Rachit will work under supervision of CNBP Associate Investigator A/Prof Anwar Sunna and Centre Research Fellow Dr Andrew Care.
His project is aimed at understanding the binding mechanism of a unique solid-binding peptide displaying binding affinity to a diverse range of silica-based materials.
5 December 2016:
A new publication from CNBP researchers (lead author Philipp Reineck pictured) demonstrates bright and photostable fluorescence from nitrogen-vacancy centers in unprocessed nanodiamond particle aggregates. The work has just been reported in the journal ‘Nanoscale’ and is accessible online.
Title: Bright and photostable nitrogen-vacancy fluorescence from unprocessed detonation nanodiamond.
Authors: P. Reineck, M. Capelli, D. W. M. Lau, J. Jeske, M. R. Field, T. Ohshim, A. D. Greentree and B. C. Gibson.
Abstract: Bright and photostable fluorescence from nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers is demonstrated in unprocessed detonation nanodiamond particle aggregates. The optical properties of these particles is analyzed using confocal fluorescence microscopy and spectroscopy, time resolved fluorescence decay measurements, and optically detected magnetic resonance experiments. Two particle populations with distinct optical properties are identified and compared to high-pressure high-temperature (HPHT) fluorescent
nanodiamonds. We find that the brightness of one detonation nanodiamond particle population is on the same order as that of highly processed fluorescent 100 nm HPHT nanodiamonds. Our results may open the path to a simple and up-scalable route for
the production of fluorescent NV nanodiamonds for use in bioimaging applications.