Congratulations to IPAS Members on their ARC funding success

Congratulations to IPAS Members on their ARC funding success:

Veitch, A/Prof Peter J; Ottaway, Dr David J; Slagmolen, Dr Bram J; Brooks, Dr Aidan F; Ballmer, Asst Prof Stefan W; Adhikari, Prof Rana X
Total $470,800.00
Administering Organisation – The University of Adelaide
Project Summary
Second-generation gravitational wave detectors that will directly detect gravitational waves for the first time are currently being assembled. Their sensitivity will be limited by intrinsic thermal motion of the atoms in the mirror coatings and the quantum nature of the laser beams in the detectors. This project aims to develop new designs with the aim of circumventing these limitations and developing the ultra-sensitive optical metrology required to realise those designs. It is expected that the increased sensitivity of these third-generation detectors will allow more detailed measurement of the gravitational wave signals and provide unprecedented understanding of some of the most violent events in the universe.

Dawson, Prof Bruce R; Clay, Em/Prof Roger W; Hill, Dr Gary C
Total $694,300.00
Administering Organisation – The University of Adelaide
Project Summary
A major upgrade is under-way to enhance the sensitivity of the 3000 square kilometre Pierre Auger Observatory in its search for the origin of the highest energy cosmic rays, the most energetic particles known in the Universe. This follows an unexpected Auger result that indicates a significant fraction of these cosmic rays are heavy nuclei. This project, assisting the upgrade, is expected to significantly improve the observatory’s ability to identify the mass, and hence the electric charge, of the incoming cosmic rays, allowing astrophysical source directions to be identified for the low charge particles less affected by cosmic magnetic fields. The project will also contribute to the understanding of particle interactions at energies well beyond those explored at the Large Hadron Collider.

Tibby, Dr John; Moss, Dr Patrick T; Leng, Prof Melanie; Shakun, Dr Jeremy; Spooner, Adj/Prof Nigel A
Total $381,140.00
Administering Organisation
The University of Adelaide
Project Summary
Before the arrival of Europeans, two events shaped Australia’s current landscapes and biota more than any others: climate change during the glacial cycle and the arrival of humans on the continent. However, the full scale of these events is not well understood. High resolution analyses of two continuous 140 000 year old sediment deposits will be used in this project to fill this void and answer fundamental questions about how current Australian environments came to be.

McLaughlin, Prof Michael J; Losic, Prof Dusan; Tavakkoli, Dr Ehsan; Kirby, Dr Jason K
Total $431,200.00
Administering Organisation – The University of Adelaide
Project Summary
This project seeks to evaluate the unique properties of graphene to more effectively engineer novel fertilizers with properties that can enhance nutrient efficiency and reduce losses to the environment. More efficient and effective fertilizer formulations are needed to improve nutrient use efficiency in agricultural systems globally, and for effective biofortification of staple food crops with essential micronutrients. Nitrogen may be lost from soil through leaching and gaseous losses to the atmosphere. Phosphorus, as well as copper, manganese and zinc, are prone to reactions in soils and during manufacturing which reduces their effectiveness.

Rowell, Dr Gavin P; Burton, Prof Michael G; Green, Prof Anne J; Dawson, Prof Bruce R; Balazs, A/Prof Csaba; Filipovic, A/Prof Miroslav D; Crocker, Dr Roland M; Tothill, Dr Nicholas F; Veitch, A/Prof Peter J; Galloway, Dr Duncan K; White, Dr Martin J; Bicknell, Prof Geoffrey V; Braiding, Dr Catherine R; Ottaway, Dr David J; Hinton, Prof Jim; Berge, Dr David
Total $270,000.00
Partner/Collaborating Eligible Organisation(s) – The University of New South Wales, The University of Sydney, Monash University, University of Western Sydney, The Australian National University, University of Leicester, UK, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Administering Organisation – The University of Adelaide
Project Summary
The Cherenkov Telescope Array: The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) is a major advance in very high energy gamma-ray astronomy. It will be ten times more sensitive than current instruments and will transform many topics in high energy astrophysics concerning extreme particle acceleration, and in astro-particle physics such as dark matter. Over 1000 scientists from over 25 countries are involved and prototype telescopes are under construction. This project will enable a hardware contribution to the pre-production array of telescopes, bringing with it full membership, plus access to all data and core science programmes of CTA. Australian astronomers can then influence astrophysics goals of CTA, and add new scientific value to Australia’s radio astronomical facilities.

Losic, Prof Dusan; Shapter, Prof Joseph G; Nann, Prof Thomas; Abbott, Prof Derek; Nyden, Prof Magnus; Skinner, Prof William M; Ellis, Prof Amanda V; Ebendorff-Heidepriem, A/Prof Heike; Quinton, A/Prof Jamie S; Santos, Dr Abel; Koeper, Dr Ingo; Xie, Dr Zonghan
2015 $330,000.00
Total $330,000.00
Partner/Collaborating Eligible Organisation(s) – University of South Australia, The Flinders University of South Australia
Administering Organisation – The University of Adelaide
Project Summary
Advanced capabilities for surface engineering and nanolithography: This project will establish a facility for atomic layer deposition and nanolithography. Strong fabrication and engineering capabilities are key in keeping interdisciplinary research highly competitive. The applications of these cutting-edge surface nanoengineering technologies are enormous and include: development of new materials with new properties for sensing, biosensing, optical, photonic, electronic and medical devices, new metamaterials, solar cell, energy production and environmental protection.

Jin, A/Prof Dayong; Monro, Prof Tanya M; Braet, A/Prof Filip C; Gibson, Dr Brant C; Paulsen, Prof Ian T; Traini, A/Prof Daniela; Hutchinson, A/Prof Mark R; Greentree, A/Prof Andrew D; Chung, Prof Roger; Young, A/Prof Paul M; Willows, A/Prof Robert D; Lu, Dr Yiqing
2015 $440,000.00
Total $440,000.00
Partner/Collaborating Eligible Organisation(s) – The University of Adelaide, The University of Sydney, RMIT University
Administering Organisation – Macquarie University
Project Summary
National live cell scanning platform for nanoparticle tracking: The aim of the project is to establish a multi-disciplinary, multi-user, self-correlated scanning facility to reach a new level of temporal and spatial precision for real-time tracking and quantification of biomolecules and nanoparticles within large populations of living cells. The facility will consist of a live-cell spinning-disc confocal microscope, a correlated biological atomic force microscope, and remote access facilities. It is expected that with superior optical characterisation and mechanical manipulation, the automated orthogonal scanning facility will open new avenues to reveal unprecedented information from biological and pathological processes. The collaborative facility will support world-class researchers in the multi-disciplinary areas of physical, material and life sciences, placing Australia at the forefront of nanoscale biophotonics.

Michael, Dr Michael Z; Booker, A/Prof Grant W; Venter, Dr Henrietta; Pitson, Prof Stuart M; McKinnon, Prof Ross A; Abell, Prof Andrew D; Soole, A/Prof Kathleen L; Sykes, Prof Pamela J; Bruning, Dr John B
Total $860,000.00
Partner/Collaborating Eligible Organisation(s) – The University of Adelaide, University of South Australia, Bio Innovation SA
Administering Organisation – The Flinders University of South Australia
Project Summary
High throughput screening facility: The project aims to establish a high throughput screening facility (including a confocal cell imager and surface plasmon resonance facility) to provide researchers with access to equipment that will enable cultured cells to be screened with large libraries of chemicals or nucleic acids (over-expression, RNA interference, microRNAs, long non-coding RNAs). Cellular responses can be monitored by biochemical assays or detailed imaging. These screens will enable dissection of biological pathways and discovery of genes that regulate fundamental biological processes. Models will include microbial, plant and mammalian cells. The facility will also study inter-molecular interactions. Fragment-based lead discovery screens will generate novel reagents for studying protein and membrane biology.

Choudhury, Prof Namita R; Dutta, Prof Naba K; Losic, Prof Dusan; Lenehan, A/Prof Claire E; Raston, Prof Colin L; Andersson, Prof Mats R; Santos, Dr Abel; Ellis, Prof Amanda V; Follink, Prof Bart; Prestidge, Prof Clive A
Total $290,000.00
Partner/Collaborating Eligible Organisation(s) – The University of Adelaide, The Flinders University of South Australia
Administering Organisation – University of South Australia
Project Summary
Facility for high resolution imaging and material characterisation: The aim of this project is to establish a facility that will allow researchers to visualise and analyse structure at nanoscale resolutions. The development of the next generation of opto-electronics, electrochemical and biomedical devices requires tools that can quickly visualise and characterise complex materials at multiscale. The new collaborative nano infrared thermal analysis facility is essential to meet the demands of a large number of innovative projects conducted by multidisciplinary consortia of researchers. Located in state-of-the art laboratories and managed as open access resources, the facility will enable and advance research in the areas of energy harvesting, environmental monitoring, biomedical devices, food and pharmaceuticals.


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