“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!
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!
Congratulations to Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem who has been chosen as a finalist in the category of Technology for her leadership role in the establishment of the Adelaide node of Optofab, a state-of-the-art glass science, fibre fabrication and 3D manufacturing research facility.
Winnovation Awards, in their fourth year, celebrate and elevate the amazing talent of women in South Australia. The winners will be announced and honoured on Friday, October 6 at Bendigo Bank, Waymouth St, CBD @ 5.30pm.
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.
On Tuesday 12th September, in support of the national charity R U OK? IPAS proudly hosted a special seminar to raise mental health awareness. The seminar was led by Student Life Counselling Support and provided all staff and students with helpful tips and advice on how to initiate conversations with people in difficulty and how best to support mates and loved ones. Following the seminar, IPAS members celebrated #R U OK? Day with a get-together over pizza and drinks sponsored by IPAS Science Network.
R U OK? is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them ad support anyone struggling with life. R U OK? Day is a national day of action, held on the second Thursday of September each year. This year it is September 14, 2017.
But every day at IPAS, we believe that excellent communication and creativity should not be limited just to our scientific endeavors, but should extend to all aspects of our relationships with each other. This seminar was a great opportunity to reflect on the need to provide a supportive, caring work environment to make sure all IPAS members
“R OK” every day and at work.
Congratulations 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!
As part of Children’s University Science Camp in Adelaide, on 29 August 2017 IPAS proudly hosted 20 science students – all FEMALES- from Renmark and Murray Bridge high schools. Drs Ben Sparkes and Chris Perrella, led the students on tours of IPAS, firstly to see our 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. The students then had hands-on experience with a biomedical imaging device facilitated by Dr Jiawen Li, and with different light transmission applications in the Optics lab. All students showed great interest in science through constantly interactive enquiries with leading researchers and experienced technicians. All the best for our future scientists, we hope this experience will continuously develop your passion for science especially in photonics!
From 22nd – 24th August, IPAS researchers, supported by ATSE, represented the University of Adelaide at the 13th Global Maintenance Upper Spencer Gulf (GMUSG) Conference and Trade Expo at Whyalla. GMUSG was established to promote the Upper Spencer Gulf as a regional centre of excellence in the provision of “maintenance services” to the local, national and international resource processing sector.
Alongside with UniSA and Flinders Uni, Dr Stephen Warren-Smith had a talk to promote collaboration between industry and universities. Of particular interest to attendees were the high temperature sensors and 3D printers; with ABC Eyre Peninsula following up with Stephen on the 25th for a short radio interview with Deane Williams to discuss IPAS’ work with SJ Cheesman at the Nyrstar multi-metals recovery plant.
Making the first two pages in the “Making a difference – Outcomes of ARC supported research” publication, Detecting Gravitational Waves & Smart Needle To Make Brain Surgery Safer were proudly featured in the “Understanding Our World and Translating Fundamental Research” section. This publication is a snapshot of some of the outstanding research outcomes derived from research projects funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council (ARC) National Competitive Grants
Detecting Gravitational Waves – the most exciting discovery in fundamental physics for decades was firstly announced in 2016 which has opened a new window in astronomy. These discoveries have opened up new possibilities in exploring the universe through its most enigmatic objects: black holes, while at the same time testing our current understanding of the physical laws underpinning the universe. Prof Peter Veitch and A/Prof David Ottaway are leading the Research being carried out at the University of Adelaide node of the new ARC Centre of Excellent for Gravitional Wave Discovery, OzGrav.
Smart Needle To Make Brain Surgery Safer project lead by Prof Robert McLaughlin had developed a revolutionary tiny imaging probe encased within the brain biopsy needle to allow surgeons to avoid at-risk blood vessels which can potentially fatal. This device contains a tiny fibre-optic camera using shining infrared light and combined with smart image processing software to alert surgeon potentially damaging vessels. Professor Christopher Lind, Consultant Neurosurgeon successfully did a pilot trial with 12 undergoing neurosurgery.
Congratulations to both LIGO and Miniprobes team!
Joining thousands of Aussies in 2017 Litter Rally, IPAS researchers take the pledge to Keep Australia Beautiful, using our brand new IPAS KeepCups. Not only are IPAS researchers passionate about developing the power of light to make life more healthier and wealthier, but they are also advocates for environmental sustainability.