Category Archives: Grants

Prof Abell and team featured in NHMRC top 10 for 2016!

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Inhibitors of biotin protein ligase: A new class of antibiotic targeting Staphylococcus aureus”  led by Prof Andrew Abell and his team has been awarded 1 of the best 10 NHMRC research project 2016!

This project successfully engaged chemistry and biochemistry to discover a new antibacterial by inhibiting a key protein – known as biotin protein ligase (BPL)- as a potential mechanism for limiting bacterial survival.

Congratulations to Prof Andrew Abel and team!

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2017 Global Connections Fund – Bridging Grant awarded!

Congratulations to Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem on being successfully awarded a 2017 Global Connections Fund – Bridging Grant  with the project entitled ” Extruded Hollow-Core Fibre for High-Power Mid-IR Laser”. The Bridging Grants are designed to support international SME-Researcher partnerships grow beyond an initial level of engagement into a strong collaboration leading to the translation of research knowledge and intellectual property into market ready products or services.

This grant will not only accelerates the development of a long term strategic collaboration between IPAS and IRflex Corporation (USA) but it also continues to reinforce the existing collaboration to develop hollow-core fibre with the unique capability to transmit extremely high-power industrial lasers.

This project will utilise IPAS’ s unique intellectual property and know-how to design and fabricate innovative dies for glass extrusion with extremely fine microstructures (~1 micron thick); along with the 3D metal printing capabilities to develop and produce titanium dies specifically designed to extrude mid-infrared glasses. The partner company, IRflex Corporation (USA), is specialized in the development and manufacture of novel mid-infrared fibres and devices, with the specialized equipment and technical resources to produce ultra high-purity mid-infrared glasses.

 

2 IPAS Teams part of the next CSIRO ON PRIME

onCongratulations to Team Mirage Photonics and Team GLAS who are going to be part of the next CSIRO ON Prime program.

Team Mirage Photonics (comprising of Ori Henderson-Sapir, Ka Wu, Annetay Henderson-Spair, Michael Muthig & Piers Lincoln). This project will offer solutions using affordable mid-infrared moderate-power lasers to detect gases and organic compounds such as greenhouse gases and petroleum based chemicals in environmental monitoring, oil and gas development, transportation and medicine.  The team hopes to identify and approach potential customers as well as progress from technology to business.

Team GLAS (comprising of Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, Tim Zhao, Yunle Wei, Francois Duvenage, Elodie Janvier & Karen Cunningham). This project will  develop a technique named GLAS (G:Green, L:Large-scale, A: All-in-one, S: Simple) which will endorse a range of color codes in glass via striking noble metal nano particles in a highly controllable manner instead of using toxic chemicals such as heavy metals. This program will bring academia and business/industry partners together to meet practical needs and solve real-life problems. It also helps to build up connections with partners and customers.

Congratulations to both team!

Timely Success to Build High-Performance Clocks

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Dr Chris Perrella (Precision Measurement Group) was recently awarded a  Global Connections Fund Priming Grant. The purpose of the grant is to facilitate collaborations between Australian small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and researchers.

This Project will develop a compact high-performance optical clock for ultra-precise timing signals by bringing together Australia’s foremost precision measurement laboratory at the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS), the University of Adelaide, and links it to the world’s leading company in optical precision measurement technology, Menlo Systems GmbH.

The compact high-performance optical clock has potential applications in: communication networks; telecommunications; global positioning systems (GPS); and inertial navigation systems.

Excellence in Research Award for Dr Jiawen Li

jiawen-li Congratulations Dr Jiawen Li, who recently won a Women’s Research Excellence award.

She will be using the award to assist with travel to RMIT and Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where she hopes to build on exisiting collaborations.

ARC Future Fellowship for Dr Jonathan George

jonathan georgeCongratulations to Dr Jonathan George on receiving an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship.

Jonathan will be using marine microorganisms to study the biosynthesis of usual antibiotic products, hopefully resulting in the creation of new antibiotics. Currently a senior lecturer in the School of Chemistry,  Jonathan will receive $820 000 for salary and research support over a four year period.

 

Project details: 

“Using natural products to inspire discoveries in synthesis and biosynthesis. This project aims to understand the organic chemistry that occurs in the biosynthesis of unusual antibiotic natural products by marine microorganisms. In an interdisciplinary approach, proposed biosynthetic intermediates will be synthesized and screened against newly isolated enzymes from the microorganisms of interest. This will allow the elucidation of biosynthetic pathways, and aid the discovery of new chemoenzymatic reactivity that may be broadly useful in organic synthesis. Non-enzymatic, predisposed organic reactions will also be uncovered during the project. The benefit of this project will be an improvement in our ability to synthesise potential antibiotics using a combined synthetic organic and chemoenzymatic approach. This could lead to useful new antibiotics in the future.”

ARC Future Fellowships are aimed at allowing outstanding mid-career researchers to stay in Australia and encourage research in areas of national priority.

A comprehensive list of other successful Future Fellowships can be found here.

Radiation Sensing and Optical Clocks Wins Support from DSTG

Dr Ruth Shaw (Institute for Minerals and Energy Resources) and Dr Chris Perrella (Precision Measurement Group) recently received funding from the Defence Science and Technology Group’s (DSTG) competitive evaluation research agreement (CERA) scheme.

Announced by the Minister for Defence Industry, the Honorable Christopher Pyne MP, CERA funding “allows us to draw on the expertise in Australian universities to initiate research into emerging technologies of interest to Defence,” Minister Pyne said.

The two successful projects from IPAS members were:

Chris Perella.Dr Chris Perrella (CI), Dr Fred Baynes, Dr Phil Light, Dr Ben Sparkes, Prof Andre Luiten & Belinda Pickett (DSTG)

High-Performance Optical Clock for Local Time References and UAV Applications

This project will develop an atomic, optical clock that will provide local timing signals used for navigation in the absence of global positioning systems (GPS) signals. The optical clock offers significant benefits over clocks currently used in GPS in terms of size, weight, power consumption, and their intrinsic performance. This kind of precision and high-stability timing signals are required for GPS and inertial navigation systems, and the optical clock will further minimise the risks of intentional jamming/spoofing or  other limitations in GPS access.

Ruth_Shaw2.jpgDr Ruth Shaw (CI), Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, Prof Nigel Spooner, Dr Chris Kalnins, A/Prof David Ottaway and Carly Whittaker

Radiation-sensitive optical fibres for real-time distributed radiation sensing”

The project aims to characterise and use rare earth doped silica to develop sensitive fibre optic devices for the real-time monitoring of entryways associated with the transportation of radioactive material.

The media release from Christopher Pyne MP can be found here.

Dr Wenle Weng: Marie Curie Fellowship

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Dr Wenle Weng is the recent recipient of a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action Fellowship (MSCA) and will be spending 24 months in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Weng’s project is titled “Synthesis of low noise microwaves using solitons locked to an ultra-stable cavity” and he will be conducting his research at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland. Set on the banks of Lake Geneva, EPFL specialises in physical sciences and was ranked 14th in the world across all fields in QS World University Rankings (2015/2016).

The MSCA Fellowship is awarded to the best and most promising researchers from anywhere in the world. The fellowship funds travel, living costs and employment in an European Union country to facilitate career development, such as research-related and transferable skills, research impact, enhanced cooperation and network building.

 

 

Welcome Elodie and Mel

We have just finished the process of hiring and are pleased to announce that three new staff members are joining the IPAS team. 
 
elodie-janvier1IPAS Strategic Research Development Manager – Ms Elodie Janvier
The Strategic Research Development Manager is responsible for providing leadership and contribute to the ongoing research capacity development of IPAS. Elodie will ensure IPAS researchers target key programs and will coordinate pre- and post-award administration of competitive research grant applications and awards, manage the internal grant programs, including the IPAS Pilot Projects and Travel funding programs. She will take a leading role in the development of strategies and initiatives to enhance grant application quality and help the Institute and its researchers strengthen their external profile and demonstrate impact.
 
Prior to starting her career in Research Management, Elodie worked as a Scientist and Engineer for multinational Companies, Laboratories and Governmental Organisations in France and Germany. The combination of her experience in carrying out Research & Development projects in the academic, defence and industrial sectors, together with her expertise in Quality Management makes Elodie a perfect fit for IPAS. 
 
mel-mcdowallIPAS Grant Writer / Science Communicator – Dr Mel McDowall
Reporting to Elodie, Mel will work closely with Institute researchers under Elodie’s direction to ensure submission of grant applications and fellowship applications of high quality.   She will collate  and maintain the IPAS databases,  promote key funding streams, updates and other opportunities through the IPAS newsletter and work with the Marketing and Communication Branch and researchers to enhance knowledge of IPAS research members achievements. She will also assist in the design and marketing of IPAS events for external stakeholders.
Mel has a research background, spanning basic science, agriculture and medical sciences. She is also passionate about science communication and outreach and has written articles for numerous different websites such as “The Conversation” and “I Quit Sugar” and has been involved in public outreach campaigns for “Your Fertility” and “Science Meets Parliament”.


IPAS Project Manager – Starting 24 April 2017 – To be announced soon
The IPAS Project Manager will provide specialised project management for IPAS research projects secured with industry, government, and defence customers. The role will be customer facing and provide a critical communications conduit between clients and our research teams. The IPAS Project Manager will contribute to the development of masterplans, schedules and milestones for projects so that large research teams have an effective resource and expertise planning and are thus able to deliver on projects within budget and on time.  The IPAS Project Manager will  enhance the delivery of projects by interfacing with external parties and key stakeholders within the University.