2 November 2011

Nanofabrication comes to ANU

| johnboy
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ANU is letting us know they’ve opened a nanofabrication facility:

The Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) links eight university-based nodes to provide researchers and industry with access to multi-million dollar nanofabrication facilities.

ACT Node director Professor Chennupati Jagadish said that the state of the art facility supports research in semiconductors widely used in communication systems, solid state lighting, solar cells and high density data storage.

“These facilities will be used to develop the next generation of photonic chips for fast communication systems as well as developing high performance nanowire solar cells for Australia’s low carbon future,” Professor Jagadish said.

“While electronics was the technology of the 20th Century, photonics is seen as the technology of the 21st Century.

“ANU will develop metamaterials that will enable flat lenses and super-high resolution imaging microscopes used for biomedical imaging and cloaking devices to be used in technologies of interest to national security.

The ANU facility has received $14 million from the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) and Education Investment Fund.

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And I thought nanofabrication was a Granny with a crochet hook…

The one at UQ is unbelievable.

But it is my understanding most of the equipment was previously procured, they simply wrap it up and give it a name. The node networks are very useful for internal and external researchers however.

Some seriously cool instrumentation!

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