Category Archives: Grants

IPAS members recruited for DSTG Cadetship

Congratulations to the following IPAS members who were successfully recruited to join DSTG in the future, following the completion of their Postgraduate Degree.

  • David McAfee, MPhil Student, will join the  Electro-Optic Processing & Exploitation group under the National Security & Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance Division
  • Adam Gambell, MPhil Student, will join the  Laser Technology Group, under the Cyber and Electronic Warfare Division
  • Lily Taylor, Honours Student, will join the Cyber Surveillance/Information Integration Group.

The DST Cadetship Program is an entry-level employment pathway for high performing undergraduate students currently studying a relevant Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) degree. Should you have any questions regarding the DST Cadetship Program, please contact: DSTgroupSTEMcoordinator@dst.defence.gov.au

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Turning agriculture waste into new industries

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.

 

IPAS Novel PPARγ Antagonist – the answer for more effective and safer Type II Diabetes treatment

IPAS researchers have been investigating safer drugs against type two diabetes which are effective at increasing insulin sensitivity without causing side effects. The team has successfully used a number of analytical techniques to determine how these new and improved drugs interact with their target in the body. Their work builds on from previous research undertaken by themselves and others around the globe which focusses on a critical aspect on the development of what can often be a debilitating or even life-threatening condition.

PPARγ in Complex with an Antagonist and Inverse Agonist: A Tumble and Trap Mechanism of the Activation Helix
Rebecca L. Frkic, Andrew C. Marshall, Anne-Laure Blayo, Tara L. Pukala, Theodore M. Kamenecka, Patrick R. Griffin, John B. Bruning
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.isci.2018.06.012

 

 

IPAS laser featured in Physical Review Applied

breathIPAS research group led by Prof Andre Luiten has created a laser that can differentiate gas compounds with high accuracy and precision. This technique not only finds ground breaking applications in environmental monitoring and  industrial contamination but also paves the way for early stage medical diagnostics.

Number-Density Measurements of CO2 in Real Time with an Optical Frequency Comb for High Accuracy and Precision.
Sarah K. Scholten, Christopher Perrella, James D. Anstie, Richard T. White, Waddah Al-Ashwal, Nicolas Bourbeau Hebert, Jerome Genest, and Andre N. Luiten
Phys.Rev.Applied 9, 054043
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevApplied.9.054043

 For full media release, please click here.

GLASS CAN BE BOTH SCIENCE AND ART featured in ATSE’s focus magazine

Congratulations Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem on being selected to be included in this month’s addition of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE)’s Focus magazine.

This edition of ATSE Focus contains a selection of profiles of recipients of the first round of Global Connections Fund Priming Grants, which demonstrate the diversity of projects and partnerships being supported by the program.Heike _ glass & art

Prof Ebendorff-Heidepriem was successfully awarded a 2017 Global Connections Fund – Bridging Grant , in collaboration with international partner IRflex, with the project entitled “Extruded Hollow-Core Fibre for High-Power Mid-IR Laser”.

For the online article, please click here.

 

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!

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.