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The atmosphere in the Braggs has never been more exciting than it was on Thursday 6 September 2018. It was the first #IPASOpenDay with attendance of more than 200 people from the general public, university stakeholders, STEM students and industry partners. The day kicked off with an hour of presentations by six IPAS team leaders who shed light on the culture and ground breaking research within IPAS. The “loud and clear” message for school students was about the tremendous opportunities in Defence, Space and Start-ups in SA.
The event offered a unique opportunity for all visitors to experience the state of the art facilities at IPAS up close. All IPAS-related research labs in the Braggs, MLS and Physics buildings were open for more than two hours and it was rewarding to see wide-eyed visitors coming out chatting excitedly about their experiences. With so much to offer, it was our pleasure to see such a diversity of people at IPAS especially the STEM students who had so much fun and gained so much from the experience. The IPAS demonstrations table with the Interferometer and the Radio Laser was always full of people with interesting questions. The visitors even got to experience a fluorescent chocolate fondue, and see how to measure radiation through a banana smoothie…
The day was a huge success and a credit to those staff who put together such a fun and inspiring event. Next year will be even bigger and better. Given the benefits of explaining to the community what we really do at the University, this might be something to be considered more broadly across the campus. The philosophy of opening the labs to all and being transparent about our activities can be very powerful.
If you are interested in exploring potential synergies and being part of next year’s event, please contact Elodie Janvier, IPAS Strategic Research Development Manager.
IPAS researchers Prof Andrew Abell and A/Prof Tara Pukala are part of a University of Adelaide research team who will lead the Agricultural Product Development Research Consortium to increase the agriculture value and turn it into new products.
The Consortium, led by Prof Vincent Bulone, has been granted $4M over four years by the State Government through its Research Consortia Program. It will bring together a total of 18 partners to develop high-value products from agricultural waste: nine South Australian-based companies from the agriculture and food sector, and another nine national and international academic institutions and industry partners. The support coming from the partners brings the total value of the consortium to $10.9M.
The Consortium will build on the work of Adelaide Glycomics, a carbohydrate analytical facility at the Waite campus, and make use of other, complementary analytical activities provided by the Adelaide Proteomics Centre at the University’s North Terrace campus. “This Consortium draws together a unique combination of research expertise, facilities, industry know-how and resources. It promises increased profitability and sustainability for our local agricultural and horticultural industries, and significant health and economic benefit for our whole state,” says University of Adelaide Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) Professor Mike Brooks.
“The Consortium has already drawn the support of four international industry partners, which shows the incredible commercial potential to be developed.”
The Consortium partners are: University of Adelaide, University of South Australia, CSIRO, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), Filsell’s Orchards Pty Ltd, Raw Nation Wholefoods Pty Ltd, AE Cranwell & Sons, Ashton Valley Fresh, JVJ Co Pty Ltd, Vanquish Technologies, SA Mushrooms, Coopers Brewery Ltd, Potatoes South Australia Inc, CarbOzide Pty Ltd, Agilent Technologies Australia Pty Ltd, Plant & Food Research, Ingredion Inc (USA), Carlsberg Group A/S (Denmark).
For more information, please see The University of Adelaide website.
Congratulations Dr Ben Sparkes who was named South Australian Tall Poppy of the Year at the 2018 SA Government Science Excellence Awards. Dr Sparkes is developing a device that can extend the maximum distance of quantum cryptography, which will boost the security of communications for government, business and the broader community.
Unveiling of China-Australia Joint Laboratory for Fabrication of the special Optical fibres and biochemical Detection Innovation (CAFODI)
Building on two complementary areas of research excellence with strong industry relevance, IPAS and the Laser Institute (LI) of the Shandong Academy of Sciences (SDAS), the Joint Laboratory CAFODI (China-Australia Joint Laboratory for Fabrication of the special Optical fibres and biochemical Detection Innovation) was established in September 2017, and officially unveiled by Hon David Ridgway, South Australian Minister for Trade Tourism and Investment and VC Peter Rathjen of University of Adelaide in Jinan, Shandong, China, on 17th July 2018.
CAFODI aims to fabricate novel microstructured optical fibres and develop biochemical optical sensors, speeding up their translation in the global market as well as postgraduate education. The joint laboratory is led by Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem and Dr Yinlan Ruan in Adelaide and Director Zhongqing Jia and Dr Jiasheng Ni of Laser Institute, SDAS, in China. An initial commitment of AU$60K was made from the University of Adelaide in January, 2018 and the second investment from our partner is on the way and will focus on fabrication of the hollow core fibres and petrol sensors. We expect that establishment of CAFODI will largely contribute to increasing commercial opportunities for SA researchers and education institutions and demonstrate a shared commitment to solve industry problems through research and collaboration.
IPAS Semiconductor photonic crystals with optical properties featured in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
The precise control of light is key for the efficient utilisation of photons in photocatalytic reactions. Semiconductor nanoporous photonic crystal structures with rationally engineered optical properties can speed up photocatalytic reactions up to several orders of magnitude by utilising the slow photon effect. In this study, the Abel Santos team has demonstrated for the first time that photo-active nanoporous anodic alumina photonic crystals can outperform benchmark photocatalytic platform materials by a rational design of their structure. These semiconductor photonic crystals provide superior performances for a plethora of applications, including photodegradation of environmental pollutants, green energy generation, chemical synthesis and CO2 reduction.
Engineering the Slow Photon Effect in Photoactive Nanoporous Anodic Alumina Gradient-Index Filters for Photocatalysis
Siew Yee Lim, Cheryl Suwen Law, Marijana Markovic, Jason K. Kirby, Andrew D. Abell, and Abel Santos
ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, Just Accepted Manuscript
For full article, please click on this link.
To elaborate on the IPAS’s vision and research program, Dr Ben Sparkes, who is working on quantum atom-light interactions at IPAS, was invited for an interview with Radio Adelaide’s Subatomic program with Rohan Neagle. Dr Sparkes discussed the quantum optics research taking place at IPAS and its potential to increase the distance of absolutely-secure quantum communications using our novel hollow-core optical fibres.
For the interview podcast, please click here.
On Friday 16 March, IPAS was delighted to host a group of 1st year physics students. The group was organised by Miss Lily Taylor who was recently an IPAS Summer scholarship winner and has followed this up with a third year project candidate with the Precision Measurement Group. The students, welcomed by Drs Ben Sparkes and Chris Perrella to the Optics Labs, were inspired by cutting edge projects as well as a learning experience from IPAS PhD candidates Sarah Scholten and Nathanial Wilson. The students were then guided to see the state-of-the-art fabrication facilities and equipment such as the high-tech 3D Metal and Ceramic printer and 5–Axis Ultrasonic Mill, with expert commentary from Mr Evan Johnson and Mr Lijesh Thomas. All students showed great interest in the science through constant interactive enquiries with leading researchers and experienced technicians. All the best to the 1st year physics students, we hope this experience will continuously develop your passion for science and look forward to welcoming you to our IPAS community in the future!
On Wednesday 8th November 2017, IPAS was honored to welcome the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Defence Industry, to visit our Sapphire Clock and High Power Laser Labs. Accompanying the Minster, were Dr Alex Zelinsky, Chief Defence Scientist and head of the Defence Science & Technology (DST) group, Prof Michael Brooks, Interim Vice-Chancellor and President and Rear Admiral the Hon Kevin Scarce AC CSC RAN-Rtd and Chancellor. The Minister was extremely impressed by the amazing work of the Sapphire Clock and High – Power Laser teams and fascinated by the demonstration of IPAS innovative Laser Radio project contributing to the promotion of STEM education in Australia. Following the lab tour, the Minister launched the new University of Adelaide Defence Research and Innovation Network, which will strengthen the University and DST Group partnership.
Click here for more information on the University partnership with DST Group.
Congratulations to Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem for being elected as a Fellow Member of The Optical Society (OSA) at the Society’s September 2017 Board of Directors meeting.
Founded in 1916, OSA is the leading professional association in optics and photonics, home to accomplished science, engineering, and business leaders from all over the world. Through world-renowned publications, meetings, and membership programs, OSA provides quality information and inspiring interactions that power achievements in the science of light.
Prof Ebendorff-Heidepriem is being honored specially for ground breaking science contributions to the field of optical glasses and fibers.
Following the success of our Children’s University tour in August, on 21st September IPAS proudly hosted a stop for #RealDayOut. High school students from the Australian Science and Mathematics School (ASMS) were welcomed and introduced to IPAS by Drs Ben Sparkes and Chris Perrella. The students were then guided through our state-of-the-art fabrication facilities by Dr Erik Schartner and had interactive discussions with our technical experts Mr Evan Johnson and Mr Lijesh Thomas. They were also treated to a hands-on experience with a biomedical imaging device facilitated by Dr Jiawen Li, and enjoyed spectacular light transmission applications in the Optics lab.
A Real Day Out (RDO) is an immersive experience for students (years 10-11) and teachers or community members to learn about future careers and job roles. Students can learn about the jobs of the future, and meet potential employers, entrepreneurs and exporters.
We hope you enjoyed your #RealDayOut experience at IPAS and we wish you all the best in your future scientific endeavours!