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Seminar: Electrospinning at Deakin University




26 July 2017


Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication,
151 Wellington Road,
Clayton, 3168, Victoria

ANFF-VIC presents a series of talks at the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication on the electrospinning capabilities available at Deakin University’s Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM).

Register here via Eventbrite.

Electrospinning is a technique that uses electrostatic forces to draw out nanometre-wide fibres which can then be transformed into versatile materials. Applications for these nanofibres include filtration, smart fabrics, and battery technology.

The ANFF equipment available at the IFM includes two electrospinning machines – a lab-scale batch production system and a nine-metre-long, industrial-scale system capable of continuously producing two-metre-wide sheets at a rate of approximately 2kg/hour.

Speaker 1: Dr Hao Shao

Instrument Specialist – IFM

Introduction of coil-based needleless electrospinning machines

Dr Hao Shao is currently working as an Instrument Specialist in charge of needleless electrospinning machine maintenance, training and promotion work. He received his PhD the IFM, specialising in the development of mechanical-to-electrical energy harvesters, electrospinning technique and electrospinning machines.

Speaker 2: Dr Jian Fang

Research Fellow – IFM & ACES

Electrospun Nanofibres and Their Application in Mechanical-to-Electrical Energy Conversion

Dr Jian Fang is an expert on fibrous materials, electrospinning and electrospun nanofibres. His current research mainly focuses on electro-active fibrous materials for energy, environment protection and biosensing applications.

Speaker 3: Dr Haitao Niu

Research Fellow – IFM

Applications of electrospun nanofibres in supercapacitor and air filtration

Dr Haitao Niu’s research is in the area of advanced electrospinning, nanofibre industrialisation, nanofibre functionalisation and application.

ANFF-VIC introduces new Director

Professor Nicolas Voelcker has been introduced as the Director for the Victorian Node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF-VIC) and the Scientific Director for the network’s flagship facility, the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN).

Professor Voelcker has said he intends to use his new positions to help blend Victoria’s businesses and research into a leading centre for research, innovation and commercialisation.

Professor Voelcker is also currently a Professor at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS) at Monash University and Science Leader at the CSIRO.

With more than 300 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters to his name, Professor Voelcker is a leader in his field of biomaterials engineering. He brings with him a team of around 30 researchers and advanced bioengineering equipment.

Nico's key research interest lies in the fabrication and surface modification of porous semiconductor materials for applications in biosensors, biochips, biomaterials and drug delivery.

A core research activity in his laboratory is the study of porous silicon based nanostructures and their surface chemistry. A current focus is the development of new nanostructured materials for biosensors, biochips, biomaterials and drug delivery.

The ANFF-VIC node houses the tools and expertise required to devise, develop and deliver the next generation of technological advances. The group is part of the wider NCRIS-funded ANFF network which offers open-access nano- and micro-fabrication capabilities to academic and industry users from around the globe.

“ANFF-VIC and MCN are key elements in a thriving manufacturing and materials science and innovation precinct,” Professor Voelcker said.

ANFF-VIC and, in particular, the MCN are surrounded by Australia’s leading technology companies, the Australian synchrotron, various flagship facilities, such as the Biomedical Materials Translational Facility, and is in the vicinity of The Victorian Heart Hospital (currently under construction).

The node provides access to equipment and expertise located at CSIRO Manufacturing, Deakin University, La Trobe University, RMIT, Swinburne University of Technology, the University of Melbourne, Monash University, and at MCN.

“I aim to drive the exploitation of partnerships across this outstanding research landscape as well as nurture start-up activities in the medical technologies sector,” Professor Voelcker said.

“My ambition is for ANFF-VIC and the MCN to operate as one of the top nanofoundries in the world,” he concluded.

ANFF-VIC General Manager appointed

The Australian National Fabrication Facility’s Victorian Node (ANFF-VIC) has named its new General Manager, Dr Sean Langelier.

Dr Langelier has been a part of the Senior Leadership team of ANFF-VIC’s flagship facility, the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN), for a number of years and will now work more broadly to amplify collaboration and integration within the node and its various hubs and partners.

Dr Langelier holds a masters and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He came to Melbourne in early 2011 as a postdoctoral fellow in the MicroNanophysics Research Laboratory (MNRL), where he worked to develop surface acoustic wave actuators for a variety of microfluidic applications.

The ANFF-VIC node houses tools and expertise required to devise, develop and deliver the next generation of micro and nano technologies. It is one of eight nodes within the wider NCRIS-funded ANFF network.

In addition to handling the operational aspects of ANFF-VIC, Dr Langelier will be working closely with ANFF-VIC's new Director, Professor Nicolas Voelcker, to grow and develop relationships with  academic and industry users and establish programs and initiatives that boost use and awareness of the node’s various capabilities.

“The extensive range of tools, environments and expertise within ANFF-VIC represent a unique opportunity to facilitate Australian research and entrepreneurship in a number of emerging fields,” Dr Langelier continued.

ANFF-VIC is a joint venture partnership providing access to equipment and expertise located at CSIRO Manufacturing, Deakin University, La Trobe University, RMIT, Swinburne University of Technology, the University of Melbourne, Monash University, and headquartered at MCN.

“I’ll be enacting a number of short and long term projects that will directly benefit the Victorian, Australian, and international research and technology communities,” Dr Langelier added.

“These plans are intended to increase collaboration between academic researchers; reduce the overall cost of research projects by providing all clients with access to equipment; and enable a crossover between commercialisation and technological development.”