4 May 2015:
CNBP Investigator, Associate Professor Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem has been granted a Women’s Research Excellence Award by the University of Adelaide, for her outstanding achievements as a mid-career researcher in the field of optical glasses and fibres.
The award, valued at $5000, celebrates International Women’s Day and is determined by the University Vice-Chancellor and President, in partnership with the Gender, Equity and Diversity Committee. Award money can be spent on any activity that supports the winner’s research.
17 April 2015:
CNBP Adelaide node was recently visited by Karen Andrews MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry & Science.
The visit proved to be a wonderful opportunity to explain in greater detail, the trans-disciplinary work that CNBP is undertaking across the nano biophotonics field, and its particularly advantageous nature to biological and medical research.
As part of the visit, Mrs Andrews met with Centre Director Mark Hutchinson and other senior Centre staff including Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, Mel McDowall and Kathy Nicholson, and was shown around several working laboratories to get a flavour of CNBP activity.
Topics discussed with Mrs Andrews included 3D imaging of live and intact cells, sensing technologies for advanced reproductive research, the use of photonics for advanced diagnostics as well as the specific use of lasers and fibre in CNBP related science.
30 March 2015:
CNBP celebrated a successful launch with industry partner Heraeus, in Hanau, Germany on the 30th March 2015.
Taking place at the Heraeus Quarzglas division, the launch was attended by CNBP Investigator A/Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem and hosted by Dr Gerhard Schoetz, General Manager of Heraeus Specialty Fiber Optics.
As part of the launch, Ebendorff-Heidepriem met with a number of senior Heraeus executives, provided a presentation about the optical fiber sensor research taking place at CNBP, provided an overview of the CNBP (the scope of the research themes and the biological challenges that the CNBP aims to solve), and talked through related photonics research taking place across Australia.
Ebendorff-Heidepriem and Heraeus executives also discussed a wide range of topics during the launch, including the properties of different silica types and behaviors, particularly relating to extrusion and fiber drawing processes. Information on silica items in stock and silica items that could be made on demand was also provided and agreement on the supply of F110 silica rods to fabricate UV transmitting silica fiber was also made.
Heraeus, the world’s largest manufacturer of synthetic fused silica brings to the CNBP longstanding and extensive knowledge in silica glass types and properties. The corporation’s expertise will be critical for the fabrication of specialty silica fibers and for the selection and development of suitable silica types for specific fiber sensor application, for use within the CNBP.
The launch was highly successful, strengthening industry and research links across the CNBP, with the possibility of Heraeus attendance at related Australasian conferences and at the annual CNBP retreat also discussed.
11 February 2015: Welcome:
Adelaide node are delighted to welcome two new students: Irene Willcocks commencing an Honours degree in Chemistry; and Xuanzhao Pan commencing a Masters in Physics.
Both students will be supervised by CNBP Senior Investigator A/Prof Heike Ebendorff
12-15 February 2015: Science meets Art
A/Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidelpriem will host two tours of the Braggs research laboratories at the University of Adelaide.
Visitors will include glass artists from around Australia with an interest in understanding the way in which researchers make and manipulate glass for scientific research.
Computational Modeling of Hole Distortion in Extruded Microstructured Optical Fiber Glass Preforms; Mohamed Trabelssi; Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem; Kathleen A. Richardson; Tanya M. Monro; Paul F. Joseph Journal of Lightwave Technology; 01/2015; 33(2).
February 2015: Art -International Year of Light
A/Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidelpirem delivered an invited talk at the Adelaide Glass Art Conference in February. Her presentation is titled “Fine line between glass art and science”
More information about the conference can be found here:
15 December 2014: Three Grants awarded to CNBP researchers
CNBP resarchers at the University of Adelaide were successful in obtaining three IPAS pilot project grants totaling $45,000
Characterisation of aquaporin-1 (AQP1) ion channel activity in migrating cancer cells using a novel photoswitchable fluorescent probe, Andrea Yool, Sabrina Heng, Jinxin (Victor) Pei, $15K
Rapid phenotyping of human stem cells sub-populations using optical spectroscopy, Georgios Tsiminis, Erik Schartner, Simon Koblar, Mark Hutchinson, $10K
UV-guiding silica hollow-core fibre for biological sensing, Philip Light, Sabrina Heng, Chris Perrella, Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, $15K
15 December 2014: New grant funding.
Congratulations to CNBP researchers A/Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem and colleague Dr Jiangbo (Tim) Zhao for the being awarded funding under the 2015-2016 Group of Eight Australia – Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme for the project “Incorporating Pd nanoparticles into fibre for plasmon-enhanced UV-blue photonic devices” ($20k awarded).
This scheme is a joint initiative of the Go8 and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany’s national agency for the support of international academic co-operation. More information about the Scheme.
2 December 2014: Invited Talk
CNBP Senior Researcher A/Prof Heike Ebendorff gave an invited talk at the ‘2014 OSA Optics & Photonics Congress on Light, Energy and the Environment” in Canberra.
Heike’s presentation ‘Suspended Core Optical Fibres: New Tools for Sensing Chemicals, Biomolecules and Temperature” reviewed the opportunities of using suspended core optical fibers with enclosed or exposed micron-scale cores for sensing chemicals, biomolecules and temperature. The application areas of sensing platforms based on these fibers were described.
This comprehensive Congress examines the frontiers in the development of optical technologies for energy production, transport, and use. It also examines the use of optical and photonic approaches to monitor energy usage and the effects energy production has on the environment. It is designed to bring together researchers, engineers, and managers and foster timely information exchange between several of the disciplines involved in energy production usage, cost and environmental and efficiency management