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AINST initiating leadership team announced


23 March 2015


L-R: Professor Thomas Maschmeyer, Professor Zdenka Kuncic, and Professor Simon Ringer.
L-R: Professor Thomas Maschmeyer, Professor Zdenka Kuncic, and Professor Simon Ringer.

The University has appointed the first leadership team for our newest multi-faculty research and education initiative, the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology (AINST).

Professor Thomas Maschmeyer will be the initiating AINST Director, supported by Professor Simon Ringer as Director, Sydney Nanoscience Hub and Research and Prototype Foundry, and Professor Zdenka Kuncic as Director, Community and Research.

Researchers in AINST will aim to discover and harness new science at the nanoscale, where the quantum mechanical properties of atoms confer special properties on matter that can be tapped for discovery and innovation.

By bringing together expertise in physics, chemistry, engineering and medical sciences, AINST researchers will be able to advance and translate knowledge to address major 21st-century challenges in areas including health and medicine, energy and the environment, communications, and computing and security.

The announcement of the leadership team for the University-wide AINST comes as we finalise construction of the Sydney Nanoscience Hub, a major investment in our campus infrastructure that is due to open behind the School of Physics in mid-2015.

"AINST will draw together our existing broad-based, vibrant community of experts in nanoscale science and technology, and attract others from around the world to join them.It will be a game-changer for multidisciplinary nanoscale science research and education at the University and for Australia." Dr Michael Spence, Sydney Universty Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Professor Maschmeyer, an ARC Future Fellow and Professor of Chemistry, described AINST as "a bold and visionary initiative that integrates outstanding basic and applied research with cutting-edge prototyping capabilities and technology translation.

"It builds on existing strengths and has a strong agenda for growth, enabled by the Sydney Nanoscience Hub with its state-of-the-art clean room and purpose-built laboratories. The recent announcement of almost $1 million investment by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) in an AINST Accelerator Scheme will stimulate growth and broad engagement in the AINST program."

Professor Ringer, also the Academic Director of Core Research Facilities and a member of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, said the Sydney Nanoscience Hub "provides a unique environment for engineers and scientists to discover new ideas and work with industry.

"The hub is a truly world-class facility that will spearhead Sydney's leadership role in nanoscale science and technology via relationships with national research facilities such as the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANNF) and Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility (AMMRF)," he said.

Professor Kuncic, also theme leader for Complex Systems and Modelling in the Charles Perkins Centre and a member of the School of Physics, said nanoscale science and technology is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the University to realise interdisciplinary research.

"AINST will leverage our research strengths in the physical sciences and engineering, working with researchers in other collaborative, multidisciplinary programs such as the Charles Perkins Centre and the Brain and Mind Research Institute."

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