A fond farewell to a founding staff member…

It’s both a sad time and an exciting one as MCN wishes the best of luck to Zoran Vasic, one of the Centre’s founding staff members, as he starts the next chapter in his career.

Zoran was part of the first MCN team, starting even before the Centre had been built. Since joining, he has been demonstrating his skills as an engineer, a scientific communicator, and a teacher with a clear love of spreading the word about the wonders of nanofabrication and physics to both children and staff members alike, while ensuring that the MCN can keep to the high standards that it maintains.

MCN and the whole of the ANFF network would like to thank Zoran for his near-ten-years of service, and to wish him all the best in the future.


New ANFF-VIC staff member at Deakin’s IFM

Dr Dylan Hegh has joined ANFF-VIC at Deakin University and will be responsible for industry engagement on fibre-related research at the Institute of Frontier Materials IFM.

His role is also to promote and facilitate the open access of these facilities so that they are made available beyond the host University to the wider academic and industrial communities, and will support research projects involving the development, production and characterisation of fibres and yarns using electrospinning, melt-spinning and wet-spinning facilities.

Dylan is from New Zealand, has a PhD in chemistry, and has previously worked as a postdoc on commercial projects including drug delivery of antiparkinsonian and anti-seizure medication. He has recently finished a commercial project wet spinning natural and man-made polymers to produce textile fabrics for garments at Deakin University.

ANFF-VIC is delighted that Dylan has joined the network, and looks forward to the exciting developments his work will enable.

Publication of the Year 2018

ANFF-VIC is holding its Publication of the Year award for a second year, the winner will receive a $200 cash prize.

Any peer-reviewed paper that was published in 2018 with the correct ANFF-VIC acknowledgment is automatically entered. Judging will be conducted by an internal team that will assess publications based upon the quality of the research, scientific communication and novelty.

Papers must have the correct ANFF-VIC acknowledgment to be considered – use of this acknowledgment also entitles you to $200 user credit towards a future MCN quote.

If you missed your acknowledgments this year, be sure to include it any future work that will be published. Please use the following in the acknowledgement section of any papers:

“This work was performed in part at the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN) in the Victorian Node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF).”

Please note: Submissions are now also open for ANFF-VIC’s Image of the Year award. Click here for details.

Submissions open for 2018 ANFF-VIC image of the year

Sara Ghavamian (Gholam Nejad) (2017 Winner)

The small round object trapped in between the spikes of the feature resembles a goalkeeper holding a ball under their arm. My surfaces are designed to investigate the antibacterial properties of patterned substrates and are imaged at MCN using NOVA FEG-SEM tool. The original mould was fabricated using photolithography but the visualized surfaces are PDMS (half-way replicated) or OrmoComp (fully replicated).

Stella Aslanoglou and Qianqian Shi (2017 Shortlist)

The gold nanocube plasmene sits on top of Si nanowires. This is an image that combines a "soft" plasmene and "hard" Si nanowires. When they meet with each other, both of them maintained their own characteristics: the Si nanowires provide supporting while the ultra-thin plasmene keeps flat on the tips without any structure collapse and shows a semi-transparent feature.

This image was taken using MCN's FIB-SEM.

Kate Fox and Alastair Stacey (2017 Shortlist)

Diamond coated 3D printed titanium cubes, coated using the MCN PCD diamond CVD equipment (credit K Fox and A Stacey). These cubes are part of a submitted article entitled "Polycrystalline Diamond Coating of Additively Manufactured Titanium for Biomedical Applications".

Bowen Zhu (2017 Shortlist)

Gold nanowires synthesized on silicon substrates via solution approach at room temperature. They formed a structure resemble a piece of broccoli.   

Image taken using MCN's FEI Helios NanoLab 600 Dual Beam.

Evgeniy Panchenko (2017 Shortlist)

Image of spiral metal-semiconductor-metal (MSM) photodetector with chiral nanoantenna. The photodetector is capable of sensing circular polarisation states of light.

Taken at MCN

The 2018 ANFF-VIC Image of the Year Competition is now open for submissions.

The winner will receive a $200 cash prize as well as recognition through our media channels and featured placement on Nanomelbourne.com.

The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2019, the winner will be announced in March 2019.

Submissions are now open – send your high-resolution images of work conducted in 2018 with the help of ANFF-VIC in jpg, png or tif format to mcn-images@nanomelbourne.com. Please include a short description of the image, where it was taken and any relevant publications.

These images will be printed in a large poster format, so only print-quality images will be considered.

This year’s competition will again be decided by the public. Following an internal shortlisting process we will upload the images to our twitter page, @Nanomelb, and the image with the most likes and shares will win.

All users are eligible and there is no limit to the number of times that you can enter, as long as the work has involved the use of ANFF-VIC fabrication or characterisation capabilities.

Get submitting or view last years winner here…

ANFF-VIC is also running its “Publication of the Year” competition for a second year – make sure you’re acknowledging the node correctly in all papers in order to be considered. Please use the following in the acknowledgment section of any ANFF-VIC enabled papers:

“This work was performed in part at the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN) in the Victorian Node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF).”