New printer guidelines

MCN has updated its printers to provide more security and a faster service when printing.

Monash University students and staff will be able to use their Monash ID cards to unlock a print job, while users from other institutions will require a number that can be provided by the reception desk.

Monash Students and Staff that require access should contact eSolutions on 51777.

MCN users from other institutions should contact the reception desk on 0399024073.

View the Printer setup guide provided by Monash University.

Shutdown for scheduled cleaning

The MCN Laboratories will closed for annual cleaning between  Monday 5 Nov – Friday 9 Nov 2018.

There will be no laboratory access during this period so please plan accordingly.

Access may be granted by special application only. Please contact Paul Spizzirri ( if you have any questions.


New Process Engineer joins ANFF-VIC

The Victorian Node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility has recently welcomed a new team member to its ranks.

Dr Ashley Dyer has joined the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN) as a Process Engineer, he will join Yang Lim’s team and will initially focus on thin-films support and thermal processing.

Ash comes to us from the UK following the completion of a PhD at Swansea University’s Institute of Structural Materials, where he also completed a Master’s of Physics. His research was mainly focused on thermomechanical effects in proprietary alloys for Rolls-Royce plc with an emphasis on mechanical test development and understanding micro/nanomechanical failure modes.

Since April, Ash has been working with long-term MCN industry client, MuPharma on a project involving development, prototyping and testing of next-generation devices for ultrasonic drug-delivery.

12th ANFF-VIC Tech Ambassador announced

RMIT University’s Assoc Prof Sharath Sriram has been announced as a new ANFF-VIC Technology Ambassador, joining 11 other leaders in their respective fields as champions for the open-access network of micro- and nano-fabrication capabilities.

Sharath and his team focus on discoveries in materials science and device engineering at the convergence of electronics, applied physics, and physical chemistry. They draw on expertise in micro/nanofabrication, thin films synthesis, materials characterisation, condensed matter physics, surface chemistry, and electronic engineering.

Sharath and his team are long term users of ANFF-VIC and MCN, relying on the network’s expertise in nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, and terahertz technology.

Current research activities include:

  • Oxygen-deficient functional oxide thin films
  • Nanoscale and neuromorphic devices and circuits
  • Stretchable and flexible devices
  • Nanoelectronic materials and technologies
  • Nanophotonic devices and circuits
  • Terahertz metasurfaces and devices

“In all our work, we engineer new functionalities in thin film materials and incorporate these into micro/nano-scale devices,” Sharath explained. “To effectively harness the functionality of these novel materials, their integration into devices has to be well designed, to account for the chemical and physical attributes that render them functional. Through this we make phase-change materials, dielectrics with extreme or tunable properties, and ultra-thin materials.”

Since the TA scheme was initiated in 2011, Ambassadors have been selected from a broad range of disciplines, each with their own unique demands for micro/nanotechnology.

In addition to their core research activities, ANFF-VIC TAs use their considerable expertise to create new processes that benefit the ANFF-VIC user community and undergo in-kind cooperative activities reflecting the current and emerging needs of researchers in their respective fields.

In Sharath’s case, this in-kind contribution will involve the development of new wafer bonding techniques and pushing the boundaries of MCN’s NanoFrazor capability.

ANFF CEO recognised in Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence 2018

We are proud to announce that ANFF CEO, Rosemary (Rosie) Julia Hicks, has been selected as one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence 2018. The list features women working across a spectrum of industries demonstrating a strong sense of commitment to a cause.

The Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards presented by Qantas encompasses 10 categories, with the aim of identifying a diverse group of women championing change in business and society. The awards aim to uncover and promote Australian women who have dedicated their time and energy to help and encourage other women in their industry, and who are fighting for change every day.

This year’s list was chosen from a record 850 entries. To view the full list of the 2018 100 Women of Influence alumni, please click here.

The winners of each of the 10 categories and the overall winner will be announced at a gala dinner in Sydney on October 17. Tickets for the gala awards evening go on sale to the general public on Tuesday 11 September. If you have any queries, please contact

Join the ANFF team – COO position open for national network


The Australian National Fabrication Facility is seeking an outstanding Chief Operating Officer to lead the implementation of the strategic direction of the organisation and meet performance standards.

ANFF was established in 2007 under the Australian Government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). ANFF links CSIRO and 19 universities to provide researchers and industry with access to state-of-the-art micro and nano fabrication facilities. The investment now exceeds $300 million and employs 112 FTE staff, across the eight nodes of ANFF.

Each facility offers a specific area of expertise including advanced materials, nanoelectronics & photonics and bio nano applications. The ANFF commitment to providing a world-class user facility is underpinned by the sharing of best practice in service provision across the network. See

This senior leadership position will oversee the application of the ANFF Access and Pricing Policies at the local node level and requires regular and constructive interaction with the Facility Managers to ensure the seamless and complementary operation of the distributed sites.

The role represents a senior appointment responsible for all aspects of reporting to Government. Excellent written communication skills are required for the production of reports and promotional material. A high level of financial literacy is essential.

To be successful in this role, candidates must demonstrate a passion for excellence and be able to work autonomously with minimal supervision in providing support to the CEO.

This is an outstanding opportunity for an experienced COO with a proven track record of achievement in a growing enterprise and creative problem-solving to join an innovative research facility and contribute to its future success.

Click here for more information.