New case studies available

New case studies are available on the MCN website, looking at research into back-contacted solar cells, wearable sensors, and diamond-coated carbon fibre.

Providing a Platform for muscle stem cell therapy

A team of Victoria-based researchers is taking tips from Mother Nature to make muscle stem cell (MSC) therapy a more effective and affordable option for treating degenerative diseases. The group is attempting to increase the efficiency of stem cell proliferation by introducing nerve-like stimulations into the environments in which the cells grow.

Back-contacted perovskite solar cells

Solar cells are one of the most promising and accessible mechanisms by which energy providers can reduce their carbon footprint. By combining the benefits of back-contacted solar cells with perovskite materials, researchers have achieved a much sought after pathway to more efficient photovoltaic devices.

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 the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN), have shown that from the selective targeting of tumours to fabricating flexible electronic health monitoring devices, these materials are poised to make a big impact on the way we approach and receive healthcare.

Folding plasmene nanosheets

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

Diamond-coated carbon fibre

thumbnail_kallista-sears-diamond-carbon-fibredocxA team of Victorian scientists have coated carbon fibre with diamond, enhancing the material’s usability in medical and sensor applications where the composite material offers huge potential advantages.