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Publication – Journal of the American Chemical Society

ThemesSeptember 2014 – Journal of the American Chemical Society

Unraveling the interplay of backbone rigidity and electron rich side-chains on electron transfer in peptides: the realization of tunable molecular wires.

Horsley JR, Yu J, Moore KE, Shapter JG, Abell AD. J Am Chem Soc. 2014 Sep 3; 136(35):12479-88

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Prof Andrew Abell joins the Editorial Board for Journal of Chemistry and Applications

Andrew Abell3 September 2014: New Editorial Board Member

Prof Andrew Abell joins the Editorial Board for the  Jorunal of Chemistry and Applications.

The Journal of Chemistry and Applications is an online Open Access peer reviewed journal that provides access to the current research and emerging scientific information pertaining to multidisciplinary areas of chemistry. Journal of Chemistry and Applications is an international, peer reviewed journal which invites high quality articles from all the disciplines of basic and applied chemistry. It covers latest advancements in all areas of chemistry including physical, organic and inorganic chemistry.

CNBP Annual Retreat

Themes21-24 November 2014: CNBP Annual Retreat in Port Lincoln

The CNBP will host our first annual retreat in Port Lincoln, South Australia.  Attendees will travel together departing at the conclusion of the Centre Launch Celebration.

All CNBP staff, students and Partners will receive an invitation to join. We look forward to the opportunity to discuss the science underpinning the success of our Centre, and to build on our powerful collaborations. For more information please keep visiting this page of our website.


Prof Monro speaks at University of Melbourne Physics Colloqium

Professor Tanya Monro2 September 2014:  Nanoscale BioPhotonics: new approaches to measurement opening windows into the body

Recent advances at the intersection of optical physics, surface science and nanofabrication will be presented. These converging areas of research are driving our capacity to make measurements in regions that are typically difficult to access. For example, optical glasses and fibres can now be imbued with the properties of nanomaterials, and fibres can be structured with features spanning from 0.02–20 microns.

Adding in surface chemistries that offer molecular recognition, one can create sensors to detect specific small molecules or proteins. Emerging sensing architectures will be presented including dip sensors that operate on volumes comparable to a single cell, the detection of single nanocrystals from a distance and fibre-tip sensors.

I will also introduce the vision of the new ARC Centre of Excellence in Nanoscale BioPhotonics – the CNBP. The CNBP brings together physicists, chemists and biologists focused on a grand challenge – controlling nanoscale interactions between light and matter to probe the complex and dynamic nanoenvironments within living organisms. The emerging convergence of nanoscience and photonics offers the opportunity of using light to interrogate nanoscale domains, providing unprecedentedly localised measurements. This will allow biological scientists to understand how single cells react to and communicate with their surroundings. This science will underpin a new generation of devices capable of probing the response of cells within individuals to environmental conditions or treatment, creating innovative and powerful new sensing platforms.

Nanoscale Biophotonics Workshop – Dec 2014

CNBPlogoSquare 12 December 2014: ASCEPT0 MPGCR Satellite Meeting

Time: 08:30 – 13:00

Venue: Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 381 Royal Parade, Parkville VIC, 3052

Cost: $25 (morning tea included)

Facilitator: Dr Sanam Mustafa, ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics, University of Adelaide

Register at:

This half-day workshop will introduce the interdisciplinary approaches adopted by physicists, chemists and biologists to address fundamental and novel biological questions.

Key cutting-edge technologies exclusive to the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) will be described along with examples of current and potential applications.

This workshop is an excellent forum to discuss the impact of these cutting-edge technologies on your research with CNBP researchers, who can then facilitate collaborations.

For further information please contact Dr Sanam Mustafa at

Program information coming soon.

Windows into the Body

Ewa image - persmission for website onlyAugust 2014: New windows into the body are being opened at the Macquarie CNBP node working with industry partners.

Macquarie node of CNBP develops a hyperspectral imaging technology which is being applied to the three CNBP Biological Challenges within our program. Within this approach cells are illuminated at a variety of colours and their native emission is analysed with respect to its colour information.

With the aid of a novel complex multistage information maximisation method developed by Quantitative Pty Ltd our hyperspectral images reveal a completely new picture of a developing embryo.

Our Centre biologists are currently exploring biological significance and relevance of the exceptionally fine detail now recognizable from the processed images.

We also plan to extend work on the hyperspectral technology in partnership with Olympus and other commercial organisations.