Mr. Michael Imsic
Infrastructure and OHS Manager
Phone: 03 9902 9653
Michael was appointed as the Infrastructure and OHS Manager for the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication in June 2020. He was previously the Laboratory Services Manager for the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Sciences (LIMS) and La Trobe University School of Molecular Sciences.
Michael’s primary role involves the management of the MCN’s core laboratory operations, facility infrastructure and OHS practice, as well the planning, installation and commissioning of new equipment, capital works, refurbishments, and upgrades.
In his free time, Michael likes to enjoy outdoor activities with his family.
Dr. Michael Stuiber
Phone: 03 9902 9658
Dr. Michael Stuiber joined the MCN as the new team member of the nanolithography and characterisation team in November 2019 with a primary focus on supporting the electron beam lithography capability.
Prior to joining the MCN, Michael worked as a research assistant and teaching support fellow in the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne. During his PhD research he was part of the Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC2T) where he worked on the fabrication and characterisation of future building blocks for quantum computation applications. He has extensive experience in HSQ processing, nanowire etching as well as low temperature quantum transport measurements.
In his spare time, Michael enjoys reading books, playing football (the real one) and playing the guitar.
Professor Nico Voelcker
Phone: 03 9902 9097
Professor Nico Voelcker was appointed as the Scientific Director of the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication and Director of the Australian National Fabrication Facility’s Victorian Node (ANFF-VIC) in February 2017. He is also currently a Professor at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS) at Monash University and Science Leader at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).
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 nanostruc
He has authored over 430 peer-reviewed journal articles with over 15,000 citations, h-index 58.
Nico has received fellowships from the German Research Foundation (DFG), the CSIRO, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, is a recipient of the Tall Poppy Science Award, and was a finalist for the South Australian Scientist of the Year 2015 and the Australian Innovation Challenge. He served on the College of Experts of the Australian Research Council. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.
After completing his BSc at the University of Saarland (1993) and his MSc at the RWTH Aachen (1995) in Germany, Nico completed a PhD thesis (1999) in polymer surface chemistry at the DWI Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials. He received postdoctoral fellowships to work in the area of bio-organic chemistry at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California.
In 2001 he became a Lecturer at Flinders University in Australia, an Associate Professor in 2006 and a full Professor in 2008. From 2008-2011, he was the Associate Head of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Flinders University. Since 2012, he is a Professor in Chemistry and Materials Science at the Mawson Institute of the University of South Australia.
From 2013-2015, he was Deputy Director of the Mawson Institute at the University of South Australia and Program Leader of the Cooperate Research Centre for Cell Therapy Manufacturing. From 2014-2017, he was Node Leader in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science & Technology.
Dr Ash Dyer
Senior Process Engineer – Deputy Facility Manager
Phone: 03 9902 9080
Dr Ashley Dyer joined the MCN as a Process Engineer in October 2018, becoming part of Yang Lim’s team focusing on thin-films support and thermal processing.
Ash comes to MCN 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.
Mr. Hazem Abdelmaksoud
Hazem is MCN process Engineer / research officer and final year PhD Candidate “Biomaterials engineering and Nanomedicine”. His key research interest lies at the intersection of material science, biomedicine and analytical chemistry, focusing on semiconductor materials nanostructures fabrication, surface modification, and application as an analytical substrate biomaterials, and biosensing platforms.
Hazem is responsible for wet etching benches in the cleanroom and the biochemistry lab induction.
Dr. Tatiana Pinedo Rivera
Senior Process Engineer – Team Lead
Mr. John Paul Teodosio
Phone: 03 9902 4614
John Paul (JP) joined MCN in November 2017 as a Process Engineer and is primarily responsible for the Centre’s mask aligners, steppers, spin coaters, and sputtering/ etching equipment.
JP was previously working for Texas Instruments in the Philippines and Delta Electronics in Singapore where he specialised in photolithography and sputter operations. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the Central Philippine University.
In his spare time, JP is a film buff and is well located in Melbourne as a big music lover – favouring metal and classic rock – and a coffee connoisseur.
Dr. Vahid R. Adineh
Phone: +61 (3) 9902 4197
Dr. Guangyuan Si
Phone: 03 9902 4617
In March 2015, Guangyuan moved from Northeastern University at Qinhuangdao, where he had worked as a Lecturer and Associate Professor, to join RMIT as a research fellow.
His personal research interests include three-dimensional metamaterials and photonic crystals and integrated system designs, integrated optics, nano-imaging technology and nanophotonic devices. Since joining MCN in October 2016, Guangyuan is primarily operating the facility’s focused ion beam instrument, scanning electron microscopes, and electron-beam lithography systems.
Dr. Yang Lim
Senior Process Engineer – Team Lead
Phone: 03 9902 9616
At MCN, Yang supports thin film deposition via e-beam evaporation, direct-write photolithography, ball and wedge wire bonders, and dicing saw. Yang’s thesis research area was the development, characterisation and gas plasma functionalisation of SU-8 microcantilever aptasensor for disease detection. She is interested in MEMs devices, biosensors and microfludics.
Yang can regularly be seen at the best dining spots around Melbourne and is her colleague’s go-to for restaurant recommendations. In a happy fusion of her work and hobbies, she has extended her design and experimentation skills from the cleanroom to the kitchen, with delicious results.