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University of Adelaide “royalty” visits IPAS

Today we were delighted to host Rachel Bragg, the great great granddaughter of William Henry Bragg and the great granddaughter of William “Lawrence” Bragg. Not only did William and Lawrence win the Nobel Prize in 1915 for the X-ray crystallography, but both are the namesakes of our building.

Rachel and her husband toured the Braggs laboratories, received a brief tour of the University campus, saw the UNiversity’s collection of equipment from the Bragg’s laboratory and lastly, saw the busts of both William and Lawrence, twins of busts that are located in the Royal Institute of Great Britain.


The Braggs” were the only father-son team to win a Nobel Prize and Lawrence is the youngest recipient, at 25 years old. William Bragg was the Elder Professor of Mathematics and Experimental Physics at the University of Adelaide between 1885-1908. Lawrence was born in Adelaide in 1890 and was a student of the University until 1908, studying mathematics, chemistry and physics.


Hi-tech medical instruments hub up and running

Anne Collins - Trajan Scientific and Medical

Dr Anne Collins General Manager of the Instruments, Sensors and Devices Business Unit

A CUTTING edge hub to produce world class medical and science lab instruments has begun developing its first commercial products.

The centre opened in South Australia in late November and is already assuming global responsibility for commercially producing the hemaPEN – a device for dried blood spot sampling.

The collaboration between the University of Adelaide and Trajan Scientific and Medical (Trajan) is supported by the South Australian government.

What we want to do out of Adelaide is create the next generation of analytical equipment

Trajan has a long history in precision glass manufacturing while the University of Adelaide’s Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing is a world leader in specialised glass manufacture.

Instruments, Sensors and Devices Business Unit General Manager Anne Collins said the hemaPEN would have potential applications for diabetes and DNA testing but would be one of many specialised items brought to commercial reality at the hub.

She said the business unit would focus on taking hi-tech products from their infancy and turning them into something “you can pick up and use”.

“Just about any lab you go into in the world will have analytical equipment that contains Trajan’s products,” Dr Collins said.

“What we want to do out of Adelaide is create the next generation of analytical equipment.

“Some of the objectives we’ve got are to take technologies, make them more applicable and get them into more places and make them smaller and more affordable.”

Dr Collins said many of the instruments would leverage the core technology and glass expertise from the University’s Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing.

“What’s great about being physically located here is that we’re interfacing on a daily basis with the researchers in IPAS. My door’s been open for less than three weeks and the number of people coming in with ideas is just phenomenal and that’s the advantage of being specifically located within the university.”

Trajan CEO Stephen Tomisich said the hub was an important milestone in the company’s journey as it expanded from its historical manufacturing hub in Melbourne, Victoria.

“The combination of the location in Adelaide, the collaboration with IPAS and the university, and the expansion of technical capabilities puts us in a strong position to realize our vision of enriching wellbeing,” he said.

He added that the Australian government’s recently released Innovation Statement that will help fund research and development will help more businesses collaborate with universities.

“We believe the renewed focus on science and innovation and the long term sustainable benefits to the economy are well directed,” Tomisich said.  “This is a first big step in the right direction.”

The strategic partnership grew from the Photonics Catalyst Program – a joint initiative between the South Australian government and IPAS to build connections between 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 and Health Industries South Australia.

University of Adelaide Adelaide’s Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing includes 205 researchers, about 20 of whom will be directly involved with Trajan.

IPAS manager Piers Lincoln said having the highest level of industry collaboration in the same building as an advanced manufacturer such as Trajan was invaluable.

“We work with a lot of companies in other areas such as the wine industry and mining services and they might need a tiny part like a widget made so rather than searching overseas Trajan fills that gap perfectly,” he said.

“We are so excited about having Trajan here and what it represents.”

Article from “The Lead”

University’s partnership proves Agenda’s strengths


IPAS Director Prof Andre Luiten explains a fibre draw to Hon Christopher Pyne, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science at IPAS, University of Adelaide

A strategic partnership for manufacturing and R&D between the University of Adelaide and Trajan Scientific and Medical shows how research institutions and manufacturers can work together to power the National Innovation and Science Agenda’s ideas boom.

Scientists from the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) and the School of Physical Sciences will work with Trajan to commercialise their research into products that ultimately benefit human health and wellbeing.

At the partnership launch at the University, the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Christopher Pyne, said the national agenda would create a climate in which similar relationships would thrive.

Hon Christopher Pyne, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science visit to The Braggs at the University of Adelaide, Senator Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training and The Hon Karen Andrews, Assistant Minister for Science

Hon Christopher Pyne, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training and The Hon Karen Andrews, Assistant Minister for Science visit IPAS at the University of Adelaide

“Collaborations like this produce links that will enable researchers to work with industry, in this case an advanced manufacture can produce tangible outcomes from their work through products with wide-ranging medical and scientific applications,” Mr Pyne said.

“It’s an exciting alliance that demonstrates what the Agenda will achieve by placing science and innovation at the heart of transforming Australia’s economy with world-leading science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) products and services.”

“This sort of manufacturing, of specialty glass products for the global science and medical equipment market, shows the importance of equipping Australians with appropriate job skills for the workforce of the 21st century.”

Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham said the Turnbull Government would help build the workforce of the future by encouraging more young Australians to study science, technology and maths subjects at school.

“While a good education starts with a solid foundation in literacy and numeracy, STEM subjects are essential to the development of critical and creative thinking, and analysis and problem solving skills,” Senator Birmingham said.

“Developing an early interest in subjects like science, maths and IT will help school students prepare for life and work beyond school. We need to do more and we need to do it differently to encourage more young students to engage with science, technology, engineering and maths subjects.

“This will help them develop the skills they will increasingly need by the time they complete their schooling and are looking to take the next step into higher education or the workforce.”

Assistant Minister for Science, Karen Andrews, said the collaboration demonstrated just how critical equipping students with STEM skills and literacy was to the success of the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

“An estimated 75 per cent of jobs in the fastest growing industries require STEM capabilities, so upskilling our workforce is critical to economic and social wellbeing in an increasingly STEM-based economy,” Mrs Andrews said.

“We can ensure we have a pipeline of STEM engaged people by inspiring children to appreciate the importance and relevance of science from an early age and build science literacy among all Australians.

“This will help to ensure they are able to participate in science-based activities and careers and find solutions to problems needing a level of scientific knowledge and understanding.”

The Ministers said the need to embrace STEM from an early age was why the National Innovation and Science Agenda will invest around $51 million in new funding to help Australian school students embrace the digital age to prepare for the jobs of the future.

The Inspiring all Australians in Digital Literacy and STEM package included $48 million to improve STEM literacy, and $13 million to expand opportunities for women.

Information on the National Innovation and Science Agenda is available from

Hon Christopher Pyne, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science

Hon Christopher Pyne, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science visit to The Braggs Labs at IPAS, University of Adelaide

Medical Technologies Sector Workshop – Agenda

The Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) invites you to join us at a Medical Technologies Sector Workshop aimed at linking specific relevant photonics research capabilities in Adelaide to local medical device companies. The event will comprise a series of case studies, presentations, networking and tours of The Photonics and Advanced Manufacturing Facilities at the University of Adelaide. Register now.

How to find us…
The University of Adelaide
The Braggs Building Level 2 Room 214
D12 on the grid
Campus Map: (Grid Ref D12)

Parking can be found on Victoria Drive. Enter campus via Gate 8 off Victoria Drive. The Braggs is the large glass building directly ahead of the gate.


1445    Arrival, registration and networking
1500    David Rush, Manager, Manufacturing, Industry & Innovation Division, Department of State Development
1510    Welcome – building links between local industry and universities: Prof. Andre Luiten, IPAS Director
1520    Series of 3-minute talks:

Industry Case Studies
1. Next Generation Mass Spectrometry Glassware – PCP project with IPAS
An introduction to Trajan Scientific and Medical
Herbert Foo, Trajan

2. 3D Titanium Printing of Orthopedic Implants
Mark Wise / Engineering Project Manager & Nirmal Menon / R&D Engineer – Austofix

3. Cancer margin detection using an optical fibre pH probe
Dr Erik Schartner, IPAS, School of Physical Sciences

4. Using fibre Bragg gratings for optical manometry
Prof John Arkwright, Flinders University

5. Fast detection and identification of micro organisms in beer and food by mass spectrometry based methods
Prof Peter Hoffmann, IPAS Deputy Director, Adelaide Proteomics Centre Director

6. Using mid-infrared lasers for medical diagnostics
Prof David Lancaster, UniSA

7. Breath analysis using laser combs
Dr James Anstie, IPAS, School of Physical Sciences

Advanced materials

8. 3D Metal Printing for rapid prototyping and replacement parts
Mr Luis Lima-Marques, IPAS Laboratory Manager
Photonics Catalyst Program

9. Potential advances in 3D printed components for specialised uses
Mr Karan Gulati, PhD student, IPAS, School of Chemical Engineering

Photonics Catalyst Program
10. Program overview – Mr Piers Lincoln – IPAS Institute Manager – PCP Program Manager

1610    Tours of The Braggs
1655    Drinks, refreshments and networking
1730    Close


Medical Technologies Workshop 20 Oct 15