PhD Student’s work highlighted in Advanced Healthcare Materials

Daniela Duc has had her work, which was performed in part at the ANFF-Vic Biointerface Engineering Hub at Swinburne University of Technology, highlighted on the inside cover of Advanced Healthcare Materials. The publication is entitled Electrical Cell Stimulation: Fabrication of a Biocompatible Liquid Crystal Graphene Oxide–Gold Nanorods Electro‐ and Photoactive Interface for Cell Stimulation.

This work outlines the deposition of graphene oxide/gold nanorod composite surfaces for the growth of neuronal cells and utilized the air plasma reactor at the ANFF-Vic Biointerface Engineering Hub to make the substrates more hydrophilic prior to the graphene oxide coatings.

Daniela is a PhD student at Swinburne University of Technology working as part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science. This paper is the first from Daniela’s PhD. Daniela has also received a commendation for this article in Swinburne’s 2019 Faculty of Science Engineering and Technology – Higher degree by research awards.

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Nanoscale Horizons Outstanding Paper runner-up 2018 enabled by MCN

Fabrication and characterization of staircase-like vertically-aligned gold nanowire (V-AuNW) films. (a) Schematic of the fabrication process of the staircase V-AuNWs film. (b) Top: Cross-sectional schematic diagram of 3-step V-AuNWs film; middle: AFM images of the boundary areas of a 3-step V-AuNWs film; bottom: the corresponding height profiles for each AFM image. (c) The top-view SEM image of the boundary area of the V-AuNWs film. (d) The cross-sectional SEM image of the V-AuNWs film.

A paper by MCN resident users has been selected as the Nanoscale Horizons Outstanding Paper 2018 runner-up.

The paper, A location- and sharpness-specific tactile electronic skin based on staircase-like nanowire patches (DOI: 10.1039/C8NH00125A) was written by Shu Gong, Yan Wang, Lim Wei Yap, Yunzhi Ling, Yunmeng Zhao, Dashen Dong, Qianqian Shi, Yiyi Liu, Hemayet Uddin and ANFF-VIC Technology Ambassador, Wenlong Cheng.

According to the RSC, “The article reports on a tactile electronic skin sensor based on staircase-like vertically aligned gold nanowires. With a back-to-back linear or spiral assembly of two staircase structures into a single sensor, the authors were able to recognize pressure in a highly location-specific manner for both non-stretched and stretched states opening up a new route to highly specific second-skin-like tactile sensors for wearable sensing applications.”

Nanoscale Horizons, a journal published by the UK’s Royal Society of Chemistry, put together a shortlist of articles published during 2018 based on the science presented and the article metrics including average article downloads and citations, and Altmetrics. The shortlist was reviewed by the journal’s Editorial and Advisory Board members.


Platform Manager Position Available At UniMelb

There is currently a Platform Manager position available at the University of Melbourne to lead the operations of the Materials Characterisation and Fabrication Platform (MCFP) at the Department of Chemical Engineering. This position is a maternity leave backfill for a period of 9 months.

The deadline for applicants is 1 May 2019, click here for more details.