17.5.13 | Illawarra pupils are to spark an interest in science on Monday, 20 May, when they participate in a special outreach program established between University of Wollongong researchers and local schools. The Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI) and UOW School of Chemistry’s Associate Professor Marc in het Panhuis and PhD candidate Leo Stevens will introduce Level 3 students to the wonders of their work in a program of interactive demonstrations and experiments at Keiraville Public School. Outreach programs are important for the future of science as well as informing the general public.
16.5.13| Ideas are brewing and being stirred at the AusMedTech breakfast where researchers, business executives and policy makers have come to hear about the latest developments in the fabrication of medical devices. AusMedtech is the national industry group that represents the medical devices and diagnostics industry sector. Professor Gordon Wallace has flown to Melbourne to address the AusMedTech audience about how device fabrication is being advanced by the ANFF/ACES partnership.
9.5.13 | The joint ACES and St Vincent's Hospital AdBioFab Conference held in May sparked a frenzy of interstate media attention, with broad-sheet news spreads and morning talk show segments aplenty over the weekend. Professors Gordon Wallace, Mark Cook and Peter Choong helped manage the media circus, detailing the complex research collaborations being undertaken at ACES and St Vincent's, as well as the future implications of their cutting-edge biomaterials research.
26.4.13 | Undergrad students with an interest in science research are invited to apply for a 10-week summer program at the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI) in Wollongong (9 December 2013- 21 February 2014). ACES, in hand with industry partners, are this year offering the $6,000 summer scholarships to six students. Mentors, alongside ACES Director and Australian Laureate Fellow Professor Gordon Wallace, will assist the scholars develop a relevant research project to be investigated for the duration of the program.
15.4.13 | The 2013 ACES-Industry Advanced Fabrication Fellowship scheme invites paid employees from the industry sector with the endorsement of their company to apply. Inaugural “FabFellow” Bill Frank from South Australia-based SMR Technologies will work alongside researchers on a nominated project. In turn, Mr Frank will bring a wealth of knowledge about existing manufacturing processes to the researchers.
25.3.13 | Disease and illness monitoring and controlling medication dosage with your smart phone could soon be reality following collaboration between researches at ACES and the Sunchon National University in South Korea. ACES will provide the expertise in biomedical materials development and the knowledge of how to apply these systems to suitable biomedical applications. Professor Cho and his team bring to the collaboration expertise in printing wireless systems as well as the electronics knowledge required to design the systems.
12.3.13 | Researchers from ACES have successfully demonstrated a method of reducing adverse biological reactions to neural implants by attaching soft molecules to hard metals to improve communication between the electrode-cellular interface. The research was supported by the HEARing Cooperative Research Council and the Australian Research Council through ACES. The team’s research was published in the February edition of the Journal Electrochemistry Communications.
18.2.13 | An alliance between the Australian Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES), the Advanced Manufacturing Co-operative Research Centre (AM CRC) and the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) is set to be at the forefront of the next generation of manufacturing and processing technologies. The alliance will allow groundbreaking research being undertaken by ACES, aided by ANFF's cutting-edge fabrication tools, to be delivered directly to industry and end-users via the AM CRC. Read 'Double milestone for ACES' on the UOW media site.
15.2.13 | Dedication, hard work and talent have been recognised with University of Wollongong Chemistry PhD student Nicole Pianegonda receiving the 2013 Leon Kane-Maguire prize. The prize, in honour of the late Professor Kane-Maguire, is awarded to the student witht the best 1st Class Honours in Chemistry and Nanotechnology subjects over all years of their degree. Leon Kane-Maguire was one of Australia's leading research scientists in the specialist field of conducting organic polymers and their properties. His work led to many international awards to his name.
14.2.13 | "A giant in science and a giant in life". With those words Professor Ray Baughman from the University of Texas at Dallas and Australian Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science collaborator summed up his long-time friend Leon Kane-Maguire.
Professor Baughman, a leader in teh research field of carbon nanotubes, will deliver the Leon Kane-Maguire address to close the 8th Annual Electromaterials Science Symposium, hosted by UOW's Intelligent Polymer Research Institute.
13.2.13 | South Australia-based SMR Technologies will be the first Australian manufacturing company to put its workforce at the heart of scientific innovation as part of an eight-week fellowship program at ACES in Wollongong. The inaugural "FabFellow" is William Frank from South Australia's SMR Technologies. SMR Technologies is a division of SMR Automotive Pty Ltd, a multi-award-winning company that has successfully designed, manufactured and distributed products for over 25 years to both global automotive and non-automotive customers.
5.2.13 | Nanoscopic insights are touted to transform the next generation of bionic materials, with scientists now able to observe the process of electrical stimulation on a molecular level. The innovation is thanks to the work of a research team from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science. The new approach, described in the February issue of science and technology journal SMALL, enables the real-time detection of single interactions occurring between protein-conducting polymers and the eletrical stimulation of cells.
18.1.13 | Industry representatives are to be placed at the heart of scientific innovation – or more specifically, where it all begins -- in the laboratory, thanks to an eight-week fellowship program at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES). The in-house program is to host Fellows in the facilities of ACES’ Wollongong Node, where they can develop a hands-on understanding of innovative technology and materials potential as they work alongside researchers on a nominated project.