Future of Photonics Innovation – finalist in 2017 Australian Financial Review Higher Education Awards!
The Future of Photonics Innovation – The Trajan Scientific and Medical (Trajan) – The University of Adelaide strategic partnership lead by Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem claims one of the top higher education achievers in 2017 AFR Review Higher Education Awards!
This prestigious awards, in their third year, recognise innovation and achievement in Australia’s higher education sector. The winners will be announced and honoured at a sumptuous Gala Dinner, presented by UniSuper, on 29 August 7pm.
This week’s IPAS seminar will be presented by Dr Wen Qi Zhang, titled “A Numerical Study of Passive Mode-Locked Lasers with Two Peaks in the Gain Profile“.
Wen Qi is currently a researcher within the Laser Physics and Photonics Devices Laboratory at the University of South Australia
Thursday, 29th June, 3:30-4:30 pm
Level 2, The Braggs Meeting Room
On 22 March, Minister Maher spoke about IPAS in the Legislative Council. His full comments are below, but a few highlights include:
- IPAS was a standout research institute, engaging in cutting-edge research and development with game-changing potential across many areas of industry and technology
- the State Government was proud to have partnered with IPAS to deliver the Photonics Catalyst Program. As a result of this program, Trajan had been working with IPAS to fabricate novel ion transfer tubes for mass spectronomy that were then used to undertake chemical analysis in the medical industry. Trajan had established a new office within the IPAS facility at Adelaide University and were investigating the possibility of undertaking larger scale manufacturing in South Australia
- Minister Maher also spoke about the IPAS event he attended last week at the University, which he described as a great opportunity for SA companies to hear from several leading speakers about the transformative potential of photonics
- The Government was committed to maximising the photonics opportunity for the state. It had recently provided $200,000 to the University of Adelaide to undertake a photonics value chain analysis to determine the feasibility of further establishing South Australia as a world recognised location of photonics excellence. Through this financial contribution, IPAS had appointed the international photonics expert Dr Bob Lieberman to deliver the photonics value chain analysis.
Full details on Minister Maher’s comments below:
The Hon. G.A. KANDELAARS ( 14:43 ): My question is to the Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation. Can the minister inform the chamber about opportunities in photonics and advanced sensing that may deliver for South Australia?
The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Employment, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation, Minister for Automotive Transformation, Minister for Science and Information Economy) ( 14:43 ): I thank the honourable member for his question and his interest in this area and in areas that are providing future industries and future prospects for South Australia. Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing at Adelaide University (IPAS), which I have been to a number of times over the last 12 months or so. While there are a number of distinguished research institutions in South Australia, IPAS is a standout, engaging in cutting-edge research and development with game-changing potential across many areas of industry and technology.
The state government is proud to have partnered with IPAS to deliver the Photonics Catalyst Program, which is connecting South Australian manufacturers with emerging laser and sensor technologies being developed by the institute. The seeds we are sowing with programs such as the Photonics Catalyst Program are creating a positive impact for South Australian companies and companies such as Austofix and Trajan.
Trajan has been working with the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing to fabricate novel ion transfer tubes for mass spectronomy that are then used to undertake chemical analysis in the medical industry. The company, Trajan, has committed to entering into a strategic alliance with IPAS that will initially result in the establishment of a new office within the IPAS facility at Adelaide University. I understand that they are also investigating the possibility of undertaking larger scale manufacturing in South Australia which may include the transfer of some of the manufacturing that Trajan do elsewhere around the world.
The IPAS event last week was a great opportunity for representatives from South Australian companies to hear from several leading speakers about the transformative potential of photonics, sensoring and this sort of measurement. Case studies were presented by Anne Collins from Trajan Scientific and Medical; Chris Henry from Austofix, whose company is engaged in the advanced manufacturing of orthopaedic implants; Dr Gordon Frazer from DSTG, which is involved in the development of things such as the over-the-horizon radar system.
The variety of the companies represented at this event signified the breadth of current applications of these technologies for industry, but equally there are applications that are yet to be fully explored. At this event I also had the opportunity to speak with international photonics expert Dr Bob Lieberman, who is President of the International Society for Optics and Photonics. Photonics is a disruptive technology with the potential to be a game-changer for many companies, including South Australian companies, to solve problems for local, interstate and global customers.
Photonics devices, such as lasers, sensors and optical fibres, are applicable to a number of important local industries, including resources, medical, defence, food and environmental industries. We know that the photonics global market is estimated to be worth around $540 billion and is expected to grow to $950 billion by 2023, so this industry represents a great opportunity for our local research and local advanced manufacturing.
That is why the South Australian government is committed to maximising the opportunity for this state. The government recently provided $200,000 to the University of Adelaide to undertake a photonics value chain analysis to determine the feasibility of further establishing South Australia as a world recognised location of photonics excellence.
Through this financial contribution, the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing at Adelaide University has appointed the international photonics expert Dr Bob Lieberman to deliver the photonics value chain analysis. Very simply put, Dr Lieberman’s work will help the state to develop a road map for light-based technologies in a partnership with the University of Adelaide’s Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing.
This project will deliver a comprehensive analysis of South Australia’s existing photonics capabilities within research and industry; an understanding of current and future global market opportunities that utilise photonics technologies and areas where these can be matched to existing capabilities; the necessary actions and projects for industry, research and government to build a photonics industry in South Australia; and research alignment to industry needs and specific projects to take commercial ready or near commercial ready technology to the market.
The road map will provide an important analysis of current and future local, national and international market opportunities relating to photonics. South Australia has globally recognised research expertise in photonics at the University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia, Flinders University and at the Defence Science and Technology Group. We must capitalise on these significant opportunities in this emerging market and the benefits that might present themselves for the South Australian economy.
It is expected that this work will provide the foundations for the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing proposed Photonics SA cluster. I look forward to informing the house in the future on the outcomes of Dr Lieberman’s analysis and the very real opportunities this technology offers for industry in South Australia.
An international expert in photonics is visiting South Australia and the University of Adelaide to investigate the impact and value of light-based technologies to business, government, and the community.
Dr Bob Lieberman, President of the International Society for Optics and Photonics, is investigating the feasibility of establishing South Australia as a world-recognised leader for photonics excellence.
The State Government provided the University of Adelaide with a $200,000 grant to help conduct the feasibility study.
Dr Lieberman will help develop a roadmap for light-based technologies in partnership with University’s Institute of Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS).
IPAS Director Professor Andre Luiten said the roadmap and Dr Lieberman’s involvement was great news for the development of these advanced technologies in South Australia.
“The University of Adelaide, working with its industry and research partners, looks forward to discovering new ways that our intellectual and research capabilities in photonics can be used to further develop new and existing businesses within the state,” he said.
Manufacturing and Innovation Minister Kyam Maher said: “The global photonics market is worth around $540 billion and is expected to grow to $950 billion by 2023, so it represents a great opportunity for our local advanced manufacturers.
“Photonic devices such as lasers, sensors, and optical fibres are applicable to a number of important local industries including resources, medical, defence, food, and environment.
“Photonics is a disruptive technology with the potential to be a game-changer for South Australian companies, enabling them to solve problems for local, interstate, and global customers.”
The roadmap will provide an important analysis of current and future local, national, and international market opportunities relating to photonics.
Photonics Catalyst Program (PCP) Project leads to landmark Photonics R&D and manufacturing collaboration agreement between Trajan Scientific and Medical and IPAS
A research and development and manufacturing hub based on a new generation of specialty glass products for the global science and medical equipment market was announced at the University of Adelaide today.
The hub is part of a new landmark collaboration agreement between Trajan Scientific and Medical (Trajan) and the University of Adelaide, and supported by the State Government.
The strategic collaboration will help Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) researchers commercialise their research into products that ultimately benefit human health and wellbeing.
A/Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, IPAS Deputy Director will be leading the collaboration with Trajan including the development of a range of specialty glasses and fibres to be used in the medical industry.
“Trajan’s skills in manufacturing – including processes and systems, quality control, and logistics – combined with our research expertise and facilities will enable transition of research outputs from the University and its partners into commercial manufacturing,” says Professor Mike Brooks, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).
“This exciting collaboration will also open up new opportunities for research and accelerate the development of a significant cluster of photonics companies in South Australia. To be able to ensure our work is applied to real-world situations is a hugely exciting outcome and it will cement our position as a global leader in light, glass and optical fibre research.”
The products have the potential to be utilised in a wide range of medical and scientific applications including genetic testing, biomarker discovery and detection, environmental analysis, food safety testing, and testing for drugs of abuse and therapeutic drug monitoring.
“Trajan’s global operations and customer base, partnered with the international standing IPAS enjoys as a centre of excellence in photonics and specialty glass technologies, means this collaboration will provide an incredible global platform to promote South Australia,” says Stephen Tomisich, Chief Executive Officer of Trajan.
“Trajan believes it is essential to grow an IP-based Australian industry, and aims to lead the way in partnering with Australian academia and government to realise this.”
Minister for Health Jack Snelling said the State Government was pleased to support this partnership and had provided $346,000 in funding to help set up the new facility.
“Health Industries SA and the Department of State Development have played an important role in supporting the University of Adelaide and Trajan in identifying wider opportunities for the company to grow their presence in South Australia,” Mr Snelling said.
“This is a great example of an interstate company recognising the leading research underway in South Australia and setting up premises to tap into that capability and drive greater innovation within their business.”
Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation Kyam Maher said photonics is a key enabling technology that manufacturers are being encouraged to adopt to improve competitiveness via the State Government’s Manufacturing Works Strategy, along with nanotechnology and medical devices.
“Technologies like photonics can enhance a firm’s capacity to innovate in its products, manufacturing processes, capital equipment and engineering systems,” Minister Maher said.
“I’m pleased that Trajan has obviously recognised South Australia’s potential as a global centre of excellence for advanced photonics technologies and I welcome their investment in our state.”
The strategic partnership grew from the Photonics Catalyst Program – a joint initiative between the State Government and IPAS to build connections between SA industry and emerging laser and sensing technologies. Key to the partnership is the presence of the Optofab Node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility at the University.
Trajan’s focus is on developing and commercialising technologies that enable analytical systems to be more selective, sensitive and specific for biological, environmental or food related measurements – especially those that can lead to portability, miniaturisation and affordability.