Dr Siqi Deng

Process Engineer

Email: siqi.deng@nanomelbourne.com
Phone: 03 9905 5093

Dr Siqi Deng joined the MCN in April 2024 as a Process Engineer within the Etch/Litho team. Siqi earned both his Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Materials Science and Engineering and his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Monash University. His doctoral research centred on the fabrication of back-contact electrodes for perovskite solar cells.

Siqi possesses a wide range of experience in photolithography, thin-film deposition, etching, and characterisation techniques, including SEM and AFM. He is also skilled in LEAN operations, resource optimisation, and supply chain management.

Outside of work, Siqi is a keen photographer and enjoys hiking.

Mr. Michael Imsic

Infrastructure and OHS Manager

Email: michael.imsic@nanomelbourne.com
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

Process Engineer

Email: michael.stuiber@nanomelbourne.com
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

Scientific Director

Email: nicolas.voelcker@monash.edu

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 nanostructures and their surface chemistry. A current focus is the development of new nanostructured materials for biosensors, biochips, biomaterials and drug delivery.

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

Email: ash.dyer@nanomelbourne.com
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

Process Engineer

Email: hazem.abdelmaksoud@nanomelbourne.com
Phone: 03 9902 4615

HazemHazem 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

Email: tatiana.pinedo@nanomelbourne.com
Phone: 03 9905 9660

Tatiana copyTatiana is an artistic and creative person. She enjoys drawing, painting, photography, cooking and baking and does all sorts of crafts in her free time. Fun fact, she may be the last adult person in the modern world who does not own a mobile or smart phone.

Mr. John Paul Teodosio

Process Engineer

Email: johnpaul.teodosio@nanomelbourne.com
Phone: 03 9902 4614

JPJohn 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

Process Engineer

Email: V.R.Adineh@nanomelbourne.com
Phone: +61 (3) 9902 4197


Vahid joined MCN in November 2017 having obtained his PhD from the Faculty of Engineering at Monash University. Vahid previously worked as a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, IAU-Saveh Branch, Saveh, Iran.
At MCN, Vahid is a part of thin film deposition team and is responsible for the diamond deposition and atomic layer deposition tools as well as Ellipsometry and Dicing equipment. His principal areas of research comprise the use of advanced nanofabrication and novel microscopy methods for multidimensional nanoscale imaging and characterisation of insulated and biological materials, particularly cellular imaging targeting antibiotic resistance.
Vahid loves books, cooking and is a self-declared music addict of every genre, ranging from Rock and Heavy Metal to Classical and Persian Traditional.

Dr. Guangyuan Si

Process Engineer

Email: guangyuansi.si@nanomelbourne.com
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.