27 June 2016:
Dr Stephen Warren-Smith, currently working at the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT), Jena, Germany will return to the University of Adelaide in October this year, to take-up a four-year 2016 Ramsay Fellowship.
In exciting news for the Centre, and in conjunction with this Fellowship commencement, Stephen will also be granted official CNBP Associate Investigator status.
A University of Adelaide graduate, Stephen will be looking to develop very fine optical fibres with a range of potential industrial and diagnostic imaging applications, including bronchoscopy, where very thin endoscopes are required to reach the periphery of the lung.
We look forward to working closely with Stephen in this exciting area of research!
For further information on this story, please visit the University of Adelaide news site.
January 2015: Publication
Polymer based whispering gallery mode laser for biosensing applications
Alexandre François, Nicolas Riesen, Hong Ji, Shahraam Afshar and Tanya M. Monro
Appl. Phys. Lett. 106, 031104 (2015); http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4905931
For the full article click here
9 January 2015: Publication
Article: A Fiber-Tip Label-Free Biological Sensing Platform: A Practical Approach toward In-Vivo Sensing
Alexandre François, Tess Reynolds and Tanya M. Monro
Sensors 2015, 15(1), 1168-1181; doi:10.3390/s150101168
the full article can be downloaded here
15 October 2014: Information showcase for 3rd year students
CNBP researchers Dr Georgios Tsiminis and AI Sharaam Afshar joined other University of Adelaide physicists to talk to third year Physics students about postgraduate opportunities.
July 2014: Invited Talk
CNBP Associate Investigator Dr Alexandre Francois from the The University of Adelaide presented a poster titled “Polyelectrolyte Multilayers for Surface Functionalization: Advantages and Challenges,” in Advanced Photonics.” Coauthors were: Dr Herbert Tze Cheung Foo and Prof Tanya Monro,
Full details of the publication can be downloaded here:
29 July 2014: Formal lectures in nanobiophotonics will commence this coming Monday at Macquarie University.
This formal unit of study (PHYS 704) covers current research directions at the interface of nanotechnology and biophotonics, addressing a common gap in the physics/engineering undergraduate curriculum. Students will learn about the principal types of nanomaterials and nanostructures with the underpinning physics and chemistry. They will gain familiarity with photonics techniques that relate to biological applications such as advanced microscopy and image analysis. There is emphasis on applications and significance of nanomaterials in the life sciences. The lectures will cover various Nanosafety, instrumentation and core measurement techniques which are applicable in nanotechnology and biophotonics will also be discussed.
The unit forms part of Macquarie Masters of Research degree program. It is taught by Professor Ewa Goldys (CNBP CI) and A/Prof Andrei Zvyagin (CNBP AI) from Macquarie. The unit has been offered in 2013 and it received enthusiastic exit reports from its graduates.
3 July 2014: Publication in Optical Society of America
Novel polymer functionalization method for exposed-core optical fiber
Authors: by Roman Kostecki, Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, Shahraam Afshar, GrantMcAdam, Claire Davis, and Tanya M. Monro
Abstract: We report on a one step functionalization process for optical
fiber sensing applications in which a thin film (∼50 nm) polymer doped
with sensor molecules is applied to a silica exposed-core fiber. The method
removes the need for surface attachment of functional groups, while
integrating the polymer, silica and sensor molecule elements to create a
distributed sensor capable of detecting an analyte of interest anywhere
along the fiber’s length. We also show that the thin film coating serves a
protective function, reducing deterioration in the transmission properties of
the silica exposed-core fiber, but increasing loss.
11 July 2014: Early Career Workshop
A/Prof Heike Edendorff-Heidepriem presented an invited talk at the Australian Nanotechnology Early Career Workshop hosted at UTS Sydney. An abstract for the talk “Pushing the limits in glass properties and structures for laser, sensing and nonlinearity applications” can be seen here.
This workshop was co-organised by CNBP AI A/Prof Igor Aharanovich
27 May 2014: Pre -Congress School on Optical BiosensorsProfessor Tanya Monro
This one day workshop featured CNBP researchers A/Prof Heike Ebendorff, Prof Ewa Goldys, Prof Jim Piper and Dr Alex Francois. A full copy of the Agenda can be found here.
26 May 2014: Prestigous Grants Awarded to CNBP AI
A/Prof Andrei Zvyagin has recently received the most prestigious grant award of the Ministry of Science and Education of the Russian Federation entitled “Biocompatible photoluminescent nanocomplexes for Theranostics” worth 90 mln. Russian roubles ( A$ 2.9 M , 2014-2016). This grant establishes a new research centre “Laboratory of Optical Theranostics” at the Nizhny Novgorod State University, Russia. Andrei will lead the new Centre from Macquarie University.
The aims of the research program are the development of approaches for effective diagnosis and treatment of pathologies, including: new-generation multifunctional theranostic agents based on photoluminescent inorganic nanomaterials; cellular and animal models for in vivo testing by the developed agents; instrumental means ensuring ultrahigh-sensitivity detection of the developed agents for optical bioimaging of cells and tissues.
In addition to this prestigious award, Andrei subsequently attracted a second major grant from the Russian Federation co-funded by a high-technology industry partner (45 mln. Russian roubles from the Ministry of Science and Education of the Russian Federation, matched dollar for dollar by the industry partner, to the total of A$ 2.9 M, 2014-2016 ). The grant “Development of the nanotechnology-derived pharmaceutical solution based on the protein toxin and beta-emitter for the concomitant therapy of cancer” addresses new methods of oncotherapy, where photoluminescent nanoparticles play a key role.