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Nanoscience future: Australian Institute for Nanoscience building work launched by Senator Kim Carr



24 July 2013

Senator The Honourable Kim Carr, federal Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, officially broke the ground to start building work on the site for the new Australian Institute for Nanoscience at the University of Sydney on 24 July.

The Australian Institute for Nanoscience will be a world-leading research and teaching facility designed to meet the demanding requirements of nanoscience research in decades to come.

Professor David Reilly (left) gives Senator The Hon Kim Carr, The Hon John Murphy and Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence a demonstration of current nanoscience research at the University of Sydney at the Australian Institute for Nanoscience's official start to building event.
Professor David Reilly (left) gives Senator The Hon Kim Carr, The Hon John Murphy and Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence a demonstration of current nanoscience research at the University of Sydney at the Australian Institute for Nanoscience's official start to building event.

The Institute will house a state-of-the-art national nanofabrication facility, providing advanced research capability, in addition to comprehensive research and teaching facilities.

Located at the University of Sydney as part of the School of Physics, the Australian Institute for Nanoscience will include purpose built laboratories for research and practical teaching, undergraduate and graduate teaching spaces, and a new lecture theatre.

"The Australian Institute for Nanoscience will be at the absolute forefront of nanoscience facilities in the world, with many elements of the building being specifically designed to enable the high-precision nanoscience research that will take place here," said Professor Tim Bedding, Head of the School of Physics at the University of Sydney.

"It's very exciting to see the building work begin, as we've been planning for the Institute for many years. It's fantastic to see the hard work of many staff in the School of Physics, Faculty of Science, Campus Infrastructure Services, and Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies come to fruition," said Professor Bedding.

"Nanoscience research and teaching in areas as diverse as optics, photonics, quantum computing, materials science, medicine and astronomical instrumentation, will be conducted at the Australian Institute for Nanoscience. We expect the new building to be ready for researchers and students in the middle of 2015.

"The Institute will house specialist nanoscience equipment and laboratories that will be available to researchers across Australia, benefitting all scientists and providing a real boost to nanoscience research in Australia," explained Professor Bedding.

In early 2010 the University was awarded $40 million towards the construction of the $110 million building for the Australian Institute for Nanoscience from the Federal Government's Education Investment Fund. The Institute has been made possible through co-investment from the University of Sydney.

An artist's impression of the new Australian Institute for Nanoscience, to be completed in mid 2015.
An artist's impression of the new Australian Institute for Nanoscience, to be completed in mid 2015.

Senator Kim Carr said, "This building will help underpin future jobs growth in this country by being an important part of Australia's transformation into a knowledge-based economy."

"Nanoscience is an element in building our future prosperity. Nanophotonics is already a strength for Australia, and the AIN will increase our capability and build on our successes in quantum computing, memory devices and photovoltaic cells," said Senator Carr.

"Nanotechnology is a transformative force for manufacturing and is predicted to be worth $US3 trillion globally by 2020. Australia needs to stake a claim to our slice of that pie now, by building well-researched prototypes for the market. The AIN will help make that happen and keep Australian research internationally competitive."

The Australian Institute for Nanoscience will be located behind the heritage-listed School of Physics building on the main University of Sydney campus.

The official launch of the building works by Senator The Hon Kim Carr included a ground breaking ceremony on the building site, tours of some of the current nanoscience research laboratories in the School of Physics, screenings of the design for the Australian Institute for Nanoscience building and interior, and speeches by Senator The Hon Kim Carr; Belinda Hutchinson, Chancellor of the University of Sydney; Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney; and Professor Tim Bedding, Head of the School of Physics.

Read more about the Australian Institute for Nanoscience at: http://sydney.edu.au/science/physics/about/building.shtml


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