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Exploring gold nanowires and nanorods

Professor Wenlong Cheng from Monash University has been exploring unique properties of gold nanomaterials for over 16 years. Two recent projects, conducted at ANFF-Vic’s Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN), involved gold nanorods and gold nanowires.

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Folding plasmene nanosheets

Professor Wenlong Cheng has been investigating how to make an unusual class of materials with exotic properties and unprecedented real-world applications.

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Clay platelets stabilising emulsions

Emulsions are typically unstable, requiring energy input to form, returning quickly to their separated state. Emulsions which are stabilised through the addition of solids, have received increasing attention over the last two decades due to their superior stability.

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Predicting artery plaque rupture

Due to lipid build up in artery walls, plaques form that can rupture and cause significant health problems for patients. Researchers at the Baker institute have worked together with MCN to study and predict the likelihood of plaque rupture in an attempt to prevent it.

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Acoustic nanofluidics

Simulated molecular dynamics at the nanoscale show tremendous potential for improved manipulation of particles and molucules in fluids. This project examines rapid fluid flow in nanochannels induced by surface acoustic waves.

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Understanding emulsions and foams

Researchers from the University of Melbourne are fabricating nano- and micro-sized devices to integrate with atomic force microscopy to develop new tools to study the collisions between bubbles and drops in emulsions and foams.

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Cantilevers to assist with fluid characterisation

This project looks at the development of silicon cantilevers with different spring constants and gold paddle sizes to assist with characterisation of deformable drops on Confocal and AFM systems.

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