Monthly Archives: August 2018

CNBP science to Concordia College

17 August 2018:

CNBP continued its outreach interactions with Concordia College (Adelaide) with a team of Centre researchers taking their light-focused science to the school, all in support of National Science Week.

Two separate outreach sessions were undertaken by the CNBP team at the college (each session presented to approximately 75 Year 9 and Year 7 students). Researchers consisted of Pat Capon and Aimee Horsfall (Chemists), Kylie Dunning and Darren Chow (Biologists) and Akash Bachhuka (Physicist).

Demonstrations and activity included the following:

-Propylene glycol bending light
-A universal pH indicator
-Metal salts in flame
-Trans-disciplinary Biology/Chemistry/Physics in research
-The illusion of holograms
-Discussion on where a science degree can take you

“This was the key activity that Concordia College engaged with for National Science Week and it was great to see so many students interacting directly with our researchers,” said Partnerships Manager Mel Trebilcock.

“There were some great questions from the students and the CNBP team really enjoyed getting out of the laboratory and inspiring the next generation of young scientists,” she said.

Pseudocapacitive Behavior of Fe2O3 Anode and Its Contribution to High Reversible Capacity in Lithium Ion Batteries;

17 August 2018

Pseudocapacitive Behavior of Fe2O3 Anode and Its Contribution to High Reversible Capacity in Lithium Ion Batteries;
Yimo Xiang , Zhigao Yang , Shengping Wang , Mohammad Shahriar Hossain , Jingxian Yu , Ashok Kumar Nanjundan and Yusuke Yamauchi
Nanoscale; DOI: 10.1039/C8NR04871A.

Peer reviewed publication

2018/08/16 : : Annemarie Nadort : Publication in ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering : RedXcross16x9 A team of CNBP and non-CNBP researchers from Australia and Russia studied the toxic and optical properties of Upconversion Nanoparticles, coated with one, two or three layers of functional surface polymers. The multi-layers approach was necessary to find the optimal combination of reduced toxicity and sufficient brightness of the particles, studied in biologically relevant conditions, which is essential to facilitate the translation of such nanoparticles to the clinical applications.

Outreach Sydney Science Festivavl

2018/08/16 : : Annemarie Nadort : Expo for primary school students in the Australian Museum : RedXcross16x9 10 August
Australian museum
Sydney science festival expo.

Around 100 primary school kids visited the booth

Dr martin Plöschner demonstrated which ordinary things will glow when you shine UV light on them: soap, detergent, money, identity documents.

But also natural things like scorpions, green leaves and bacteria on pistachios !

Finally the kids could read secret messages that were left by criminals…

Dr Annemarie nadort showed the children how you can see your own network of blood vessels in your tongue with a special microscope camera.

The kids were amazed by seeing the continuous flow of red blood cells in the vessels like ‘in rollercoasters’ or ‘like little ants walking on paths’ like the children said.

It was great to see the excitement and interest from kids as young as 6

New CNBP researcher at RMIT

16 August 2018:

CNBP welcomes its newest recruit at RMIT University, Dr Amanda Abraham.

She will work with A/Prof Brant Gibson, CNBP Deputy Director and his team, where she will utilise her expertise to explore the biological applications of fluorescent nanomaterials including nanodiamonds, as well as collaborate across the wider CNBP community.

Amanda completed her PhD at RMIT University where she studied the long-term effects of phytochemical coated silver nanoparticles on mammalian cells. She was awarded the Prof CNR Rao Postgraduate Research Excellence Award for her PhD research. This award is given to an RMIT Graduate Sstudent for outstanding contributions in the application of Nanotechnology.

She has also worked as a post-doctoral researcher with Prof. Vipul Bansal, Director of the Sir Ian Potter NanoBioSensing Facility at RMIT University, where she investigated the wound healing capabilities of silver nanoparticle coated fabrics for use as wound dressings.

Her expertise includes mammalian cell culture, confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, protein quantification, assessing gene expression and nanoparticle characterisation.

Welcome to the CNBP team Amanda!

Received a delegation from Jiangxi Traditional Chinese Medicine University

2018/08/14 : CONFIDENTIAL : Michelle Zhang : : RedXcross16x9 A delegation from Jiangxi TCM University visited Uni Adelaide and CNBP. We had a meeting at the North Terrace Campus in the morning where CNBP researchers presented our work and I accompanied the visitors to the Waite Campus in the afternoon. Members of the delegation: Prof. Delin Zhang, Vice-President; Prof. Xiaojun Yan, Director of Research Centre of Differentiation and Development of TCM Basic Theory ; Prof. Xinli Liang, Key Lab of Modern TCM Preparation of Ministry of Education. Prof. Liang is coming to the Abell Lab for a 12 months visit in 2019. Photos are available if needed.

Artificial blastocyst collapse

13 August 2018:

Artificial blastocyst collapse prior to vitrification significantly improves Na1/K1-ATPase-dependent post-warming blastocoel re-expansion kinetics without
inducing endoplasmic reticulum stress gene expression in the mouse; L.A. Frank, R.D. Rose, M.R. Anastasi, T. C. Y. Tan, M. F. Barry,
J. G. Thompson and H. M. Brown; Reproduction, Fertility and Development; DOI/10.1071/RD17500.


Future Fellowship success for CNBP researchers

13 August 2018:

In exciting grant funding news, ARC Future Fellowships were recently awarded to the following CNBP researchers:

Prof Mark Hutchinson (CNBP Director, pictured) – University of Adelaide. Measuring pain in livestock: mechanisms, objective biomarkers and treatments.

Dr Ivan Maksymov (CNBP Researcher Fellow) – RMIT University. Nonlinear optical effects with low-power non-laser light.

Dr Steven Wiederman (CNBP Associate Investigator) – University of Adelaide. From insects to robots: how brains make predictions and ignore distractions.

The Future Fellowships scheme supports research in areas of critical national importance by giving outstanding researchers incentives to conduct their research in Australia. Each Future Fellow recipient will receive salary and on-cost support for four years, and up to $50,000 in additional funding per year for other essential costs directly related to their project.

Congratulations to all Fellowship recipients who will now be able to further develop and advance their innovative areas of research! Further information on Fellowship projects are available from the ARC web site.