Congratulations to Dr Roman Kostecki who was awarded the research funding from SAGIT (South Australia Grain Grower Funding Research Solutions). Roman will work closely with A/P Glenn McDonald from School of Agriculture, Food and Wine to develop a method to measure soil mineral N in real time.
Congratulations to Dr Philip Light and PhD Student Ashby Hilton whose research has been receiving the highest number views on the University of Adelaide Figshare. The video was also in the top 100 items viewed worldwide on institutional repositories.
The video is from their paper published in October 2018 which shows an ensemble of atoms laser cooled to around 4 millionths of a degree above absolute zero. The atoms are dropped and caught using an optical trap that confines the atoms and funnels them into a hollow core fibre. The fibre itself is 45 micro meters wide, and once inside the fibre, the atoms become an immensely ‘dark’ medium that can be used to perform quantum experiments such as the coherent storage and retrieval of optical pulses. The publication also won IPAS 2018 Best Outreach Paper Award.
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.
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.
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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 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)
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.
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.
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.
On Wednesday 21 November 2018, IPAS was delighted to welcome a group of high achieving STEM students from Adelaide High School.
The students were welcomed and guided to the Precision Measurement Group Labs by Dr Ben Sparkes before headed to the Bio Sensing Lab by Dr Jiawen Li. They were also shown the ground floor fabrication facilities by Mr Evan Johnson and Lijesh Thomas before travelling to the top of the building to see the 2.5 um laser labs with Mr Nathaniel Bawden and Dr Ori Henderson-Sapir.
All the best for our STEM students and looking forward to welcoming you to the IPAS community in the future!
Congratulations to Dr Jiawen Li who was successfully awarded 2018 FHMS Emerging Leadership Mentored Development Program. Dr Li will be mentored by world-renowned scientists in cardiovascular research Prof Stephen Nicholls and Dr Christina Bursill for the next 12 months on developing the novel device to enable accurate detection of high risk atherosclerotic plaques which are likely to cause acute coronary events, one of the most common cause of death in middle and high income countries worldwide.
The Emerging Leadership Mentored Development Program is designed to foster a productive mentor-mentee relationship between an ECR/MCR (mentee) and a senior academic staff member (mentor). The ECR/MCR will work closely with mentors of their choice to co-develop a new area of research and build their track record. The mentors will work closely with the applicant throughout the process and help the ECR/MCR to develop a strategic pathway, skills and independence necessary to make them competitive for local or national funding schemes (i.e. NHMRC investigator, new idea and synergy grants or equivalent schemes).