6 October 2015:
Brant Gibson, CNBP node leader at RMIT, visited Macquarie University for two days on October 6/7 and gave an invited colloquium in the Physics department and also had a number of meetings with CNBP personnel.
The well attended colloquium was titled, “Nanodiamond: BioPhotonic and Hybrid-Photonic Applications,” and examined ways in which nano-diamonds are ideal for developing fluorescent bioimaging nanoprobes. Details of the research activities at the RMIT node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics were also discussed.
24 August 2015:
Nanoscale biosensing in reproductive medicine was the theme of a CNBP symposium at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Endocrine Society of Australia and the Society for Reproductive Biology for 2015.
CNBP speakers included Prof. Mark Hutchinson, Prof. Ewa Goldys and A/Prof Brant Gibson who presented the concepts/applications of their CNBP work, followed by presentations specifically related to reproduction by Dr Erik Schartner, Mr Malcolm Purdy and Dr Sabrina Heng.
Title talks were as follows:
Mark Hutchinson: New windows into the body.
Ewa Goldys: Through the looking glass: what can we see in the early embryo when we look carefully enough.
Brant Gibson: Nanodiamond for BioPhotonic and Hybrid-Photonic applications.
Sabrina Heng: Microstructured Optical Fibers and Photoswitches: Light-Driven Sensors for
Metal Ions in Biology.
Erik Schartner: Development of optical fibre probes for biosensing applications.
Malcolm S Purdey: A Non-invasive Sensor for Hydrogen Peroxide and pH.
Further information on the meeting is available online.
18 August, 2015:
CNBP Chief Investigator and node leader at RMIT University, Brant Gibson, gave a seminar at LaTrobe University, Melbourne on the 18th August, 2015.
His talk was titled, “Nanodiamond: Fluorescent Biomarkers, Imaging and Hybrid-Photonics Applications.”
9 August 2015:
A/Prof Brant Gibson, CNBP CI, presented a paper at the SPIE Quantum Communications and Quantum Imaging XIII Conference (OP416), San Diego, California, 9-13 August 2015.
The paper presented was titled: ‘Hybrid quantum photonic applications of nanodiamond.’
Fluorescent nanodiamonds (NDs) have a range of unique properties which make them highly desirable for bioimaging applications. Their fluorescence is produced via optical excitation of atomic defects, such as the negatively charged nitrogen vacancy centre, within the diamond crystal lattice. Possessing long-wavelength emission, high brightness, no photobleaching, no photoblinking, single photon emission at room temperature, nanometer size, biocompatibility, and an exceptional resistance to chemical degradation make NDs almost the ideal fluorescent bioimaging nanoprobe. I will discuss these exciting properties in detail and also give some examples of their nano-manipulation and integration with photonic materials for hybrid ND-photonic quantum applications.
16 July 2015:
The 10th Asia-Pacific Conference on Near-field Optics (APNFO10), held July 7-10 2015 in Japan, saw significant CNBP representation and visibility.
Two Centre Chief Investigators gave invited talks:
Dayong Jin (University of Technology, Sydney) – Upconversion SuperDots for Nanoscale Biophotonics.
Brant Gibson (RMIT University) – Nanodiamonds: Hybrid-Photonic and BioPhotonic applications.
CNBP PhD student Wan Aizuddin Wan Razali (pictured) also won the IAC Award at APNFO10 for top Student Oral with Poster presentation. His topic – “Ultrasensitive Nanoruby Imaging using Time gated Luminescence Microscopy.”
Full conference details can be found here.
16 June 2015:
Brant Gibson, Associate Professor at RMIT University and CNBP Chief Investigator, was keynote speaker at the “Vaccine, Diagnostics and Therapeutics Symposium: Exploring Nanotechnologies,” event, hosted by the Burnet Institute at the Alfred Centre, in Melbourne.
Taking place on June 16th, 2015, Brant’s talk was titled, “Nanodiamond for biophotonic and hybrid-photonic applications.”
3 June 2015:
CNBP RMIT Node Leader A/Prof Brant Gibson recently presented at the 9th International Conference on New Diamond and Nano Carbons (NDNC 2015) with a paper titled ‘Hybrid Nanodiamond-tellurite Photonics: Towards Low Loss Devices’.
The talk took place on Thu 28 May with this year’s NDNC conference taking place in Shizuoka, Japan. The event hosted over 300 participants from more than 25 countries and regions.
Additional conference information: http://www.ndnc2015.org/
28 May 2015:
CNBP recently celebrated a successful partner launch with the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton, UK – the launch taking place on the 21st May 2015.
Hosted by Partner Investigator Gilberto Brambilla (Professor at the ORC) and Jo Nesbitt, (Southampton University – Director of International Relations), the launch consisted of seminars, boardroom discussions and the formal unveiling of a CNBP Partner plaque with CNBP Director Mark Hutchinson and CNBP RMIT node leader Brant Gibson in attendance.
Known as one of the world’s leading institutes for photonics research, the ORC are a formal partner of the CNBP, dedicating significant staff time and a PhD student to Centre related activities.
CNBP Director Mark Hutchinson was enthusiastic following the event.
“We met with some amazing people, strengthened our partner relationship with the ORC and talked huge amounts of science.”
“Other positive outcomes included identifying new partner funding opportunities, brainstorming some new ideas for specific projects, as well as boardroom discussions with a view to understanding where both parties can cross fertilize together on projects”.
As a part of launch activity, both Hutchinson and Gibson gave seminars on their specific CNBP related activities and undertook a wide range of conversations, looking to increase linkages between CNBP and OCR researchers to determine projects where shared expertise would be beneficial.
28 April 2015 :
CNBP RMIT node has hosted Macquarie University PhD student Ishan Das Rastogi for a week long visit, to help benchmark commercial as well as in-house prepared fluorescent nanodiamond material, using confocal microscopy. A number of nanomaterial processing steps were also discussed during the visit and processing protocols shared and demonstrated. Desmond Lau, Brant Gibson and Philipp Reineck were directly involved in discussions, experiments and data analysis with Ishan.
29 May 2015:
A/Prof Brant Gibson will be presenting at the 9th International Conference on New Diamond and Nano Carbons in Tokyo with a paper titled: Hybrid nandiamond-tellurite photonics: Towards low loss devices.