Monthly Archives: December 2018

IPAS Researcher Interviewed by SCI

IPAS scientist Dr Giuseppe Tettamanzi was privileged to be invited by
the Chemistry and Industry magazine, a publication of the Society of Chemical Industry in London, for his scientific comments on the the novel metal-air transistors research which will pave the way for future electronics. Dr Tettamanzi is leading an international research team that has recently developed a ground breaking single electron pump which put forward for future quantum information procession applications including in defence, cybersecurity and encryption and big data analysis.
For more information about Dr Tettamanzi’ s innovative research, please click here.

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IPAS Professor awarded Prestigious Alan Walsh Medal

Congratulations to Prof Andre Luiten who was awarded the prestigious 2018  Australian Institute of Physics Alan Walsh Medal for Service to Industry. This medal not only recognised Prof Luiten for his outstanding research in photonics and optics but also for his exceptional leadership in commercialising breakthrough research to support industry needs. The medal and prize was presented at the 23rd AIP Congress held in Perth in December 2018. More excitingly, this award will also be featured in the next issue of Australian Physics magazine.

Prof Luiten’s excellent research was also recognised with other distinguished  awards including the 2018  Defence Science and Technology Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australian and the 2017 Barry Inglis Medal from the National Measurement Institute.

For full media release, please click here.

The Alan Walsh Medal  is an initiative of the NSW Branch of the AIP, recognises significant contributions by a practicing physicist to industry in Australia. It commemorates the late Sir Alan Walsh, Kt, FAA, FTS, FRS, one of Australia’s most eminent and distinguished scientists, who was the originator and developer of Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry (AAS) and pioneered its application as a tool in chemical analysis.

IPAS revolutionary research featured in Optics Express

 IPAS researchers led by Dr Stephen Warren-Smith and Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem have fabricated an imaging optical fibre using a new technique of extruding glass through metal 3D printed dies. This opens opportunities for ultra-small, high-resolution imaging with potential for imaging and sensing inside previously inaccessible regions of the body.

Soft-glass imaging microstructured optical fibers
Stephen C. Warren-Smith, Alastair Dowler, and Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem
Optics Express, Vol. 26, Issue 26,pp. 33604-33612 (2018)
DOI: 10.1364/OE.26.033604

2018 FHMS Executive Dean’s Award

Congratulations to Dr Jiawen Li for being awarded the Faculty of Health and Medicine Sciences Executive Dean’s Award for Research Excellence (Early Career Researchers) for her significant contribution to multidisciplinary research programs and the public awareness of health and medical sciences.

IPAS ECR awarded The Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

Congratulations to Dr Jiawen Li who was awarded $150,000 for the Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2 years.  Dr Li will investigate a new multimodal high-resolution imaging tool that can directly study high-risk plaques in living organisms, in real-time, enabling molecular and microstructural insights into the development of plaques, one of the most common cause of heart attack. Specifically, the new tool will be used to assess plaques in commonly-used preclinical animal models and in dissected human arteries. It will answer fundamental questions of how plaques evolve, how they cause heart attacks, and how they respond to different forms of treatment. This project will also provide a pathway for the clinical translation of this novel tool and holds hope to improve health outcomes by providing cardiologists with better ways to accurately diagnose and manage high-risk plaques and prevent heart attacks.

IPAS DECRA wins Fulbright Future Scholarship

Congratulations to Dr Ben Sparkes who was awarded Fulbright FutureScholarship. Dr Sparkes will spend 3 months working with Prof Alex Gaeta at Columbia University in the City of New York on a project titled “Changing Colours in Optical Fibres: The Key to Long-Distance Quantum-Secured Communications”.

Dr Ben Sparkes is an ARC DECRA fellow working within the Precision Measurement Group at IPAS.  His research has focused on developing a quantum memory device to maximise the distance of quantum cryptography, which will boost the security of communications for government,business and the broader community.  He is also the co-founder of the “Amazing University of Adelaide Laser Radio” outreach activity, where high school students construct a device that transmits audio signals over a laser beam using basic electronics components. Dr Sparkes was named South Australian Tall Poppy of the year at the 2018 SA Government Science Excellent Awards in August.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship foreign exchange scholarship program of the US, aimed at increasing binational collaboration, cultural understanding, and the exchange of ideas.