Farewell, congratulations, and good luck to Rosie Hicks, ANFF’s inaugural CEO

ANFF CEO, Rosie Hicks and the ANFF-VIC team.
ANFF-VIC Director, Professor Nico Voelcker, bids best wishes to Rosie Hicks at her farewell event held at MCN.
The ANFF-VIC Collaboration Committee.
Rosie Hicks is presented with her gift from ANFF-VIC.
Rosie Hicks' parting gift from ANFF-VIC – The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai, made using a layer of SiO to create the blue background, gold deposition to colour the boats, and a lithography mask to provide the silver for the waves and border.   


Rosie Hicks, ANFF CEO, has decided to move on to her next chapter after nearly 12 years at the helm of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF).

She will take up the position of CEO of the recently formed Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) on 15 April 2019.

Images from a farewell event held at MCN can be seen above.

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Vote for your ANFF-VIC Image of the Year

Vote for your 2018 ANFF-VIC image of the year

View the shortlist for the ANFF-VIC Image of the Year and cast your vote. Click the image to see the original, and use the link provided to retweet and like the image of your choice.

“Aboriginal art”

(Confocal fluorescence microscope) – Nazia Tabassum

'Mice skin histology: Confocal fluorescence microscope image showing different viable strata; top stratum corneum, epidermis, dermis and hypodermis, containing different cells such as sebaceous glands, hair follicle bulbs, adipocytes cells, panniculus carnosus and pigmentation in bulbs. This histology was conducted after topical delivery of fluorescent molecules using silicon nanoneedles. In future studies, this designed study will facilitate to investigate the penetration and permeation of fluorescent-labelled antineoplastic drug into viable layers of skin and drug delivery against skin cancer melanoma.'

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(SEM) – 
Aaqil Rifai, Alastair Stacey, Kate Fox

'Polycrystalline diamond (PCD) coated on 3D printed titanium using the MCN CVD 6500 equipment. This is an SEM image which beautifully represents the 111 (triangular) facets training whereas the 100 (square) facets do not. Our work has been published in the article entitled: "Polycrystalline Diamond Coating of Additively Manufactured Titanium for Biomedical Applications".' 

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(SEM) – Marina Adeeb Tadros

'It is Fibroblast cells plated on silicon nanowire. The image was taken at MCN at FEG-SEM.'

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“Microscopic Gardening: Tiny Blossoms of Silicon”

(SEM) – Vivek Garg

'The image show scanning electron micrograph of Silicon nanoflowers realized 
with focused ion beams in conjunction with wet chemical etching. The bulk structuration of Si substrate, based on the ion implantation design and area, allows fabrication of exotic functional and 3D micro/nanostructures on Si substrate exhibiting unique optical properties for applications in nanophotonics and physical sciences.'

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"The Tree of Life"

(SEM) – Stella Aslanoglou, Crystal Chen
, Gediminas Gervinskas

'Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) image of a focused ion beam cut revealing the interface between a mouse immune B cell and a single silicon nanowire after 1 h of incubation. Silicon nanowires (SiNWs) are employed for the intracellular delivery of biomolecules towards the development of a novel cell-based immunotherapy. SiNW fabrication and cell culture was performed at MCN facilities. FIB-SEM sample preparation and imaging was performed at the Ramaciotti Centre for Cryo-Electron Microscopy.'

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A strong list of contenders has been whittled down to 5 finalists for the ANFF-VIC Image of the Year, following an internal shortlisting process.

Now it’s time for the public to have their say and help decide the best image to come out of the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication in 2018, and who should take home the $200 cash prize.

In the captions to the images in the slide deck above is a link to a tweet. Choose your favourite image and then cast your vote by retweeting or liking the corresponding tweet.

Make sure you follow @nanomelb to keep track of the results.

The winner will be announced on 26 March 2019.


Deadline approaching: San Francisco Landing Pad

The Defence Innovation Hub has put a call out for an exciting opportunity to register for a new Government initiative that is part of the Australian Government’s Defence Export Strategy.

Austrade has partnered with the Australian Defence Export Office (ADEO) and CSIRO, to deliver a market-entry program for dual civilian and defence use start-ups/scale-ups at the San Francisco Landing Pad.

The Landing Pads program provides market-ready startups and scaleups with potential for rapid growth a cost-effective option to land and expand into major global innovations hubs around the world.

Landing Pads provide market-ready startups and scaleups with:

– a ninety-day residency in a co-working space to help them grow their business by facilitating in-market business development, introductions to investors and mentor networks and strategic partnership opportunities

– business services and in-market learnings from local and international experts

– access to a curated community that supports Australian entrepreneurs who want to go global via shared insights and collaboration opportunities, and

– assistance post residency with business advice to help them continue to grow their business.

Applications close on 8 March 2019.  To find out more about the landing pads program visit www.australiaunlimited.com/landing-pads