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2015
 
Looking to the future of AINST

June, 2015

More than 50 researchers from across the University attended a community development day to learn more about the University’s newest multi-faculty research and education initiative, the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology (AINST).  Read more.

Revealing the distribution of the atoms within individual bimetallic catalyst nanoparticles

April, 2015

From sunscreen to optoelectronics, sensors, catalysis and drug delivery, nanometer-scale particles are important in a rapidly growing range of applications. Important commercial examples of nanoparticles are metallic catalysts. Nanostructuring of catalytic metals allows catalytic reactivity to can be greatly enhanced and the selectivity strongly influenced. Multimetallic particles offer even greater scope for fine-tuning.  Read more.

Fascinating world of sugar

April, 2015

We often hear someone saying, ‘I want to reduce my sugar intake!’ or we always look for sugar contents on food products at the supermarket. Why are we so worried about sugar, is sugar really that bad? It’s not all bad!   Read more.

 
Unlocking the secrets of crystals

April, 2015

A/Prof Chris Ling and his students use crystallography to discover and improve new solid-state materials for energy conversion and storage devices – and even when their experiments fail, they still make pretty pictures.  Read more.

 
3D printing enables a smartphone's transformation into a dual spectrometer

April, 2015

A project conducted by researchers in the interdisciplinary Photonics Laboratory (iPL), the School of Chemistry and the School of Electrical and Information Engineering at The University of Sydney, have built a functional, dual absorption and fluorescence spectrometer combining a smartphone and its set of electronic sensors (and CMOS chip) and a 3D printed enclosure.   Read more.

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Top 5 under 40 winners announced

March, 2015

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dr Alice Williamson, was shortlisted for ABC’s RN and UNSW’s Top 5 Under 40 initiative - a nationwide call out to find the next generation of passionate science communicators.  The five winners will spend 10 days as ‘scientists in residence’ at RN’s Sydney studios.   Read more.

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Finding an affordable way to use graphene is the key to its success

March, 2015

Scientists have long been excited about the potential for graphene to revolutionise technologies, and even consider it a technology itself. Graphene is the best known conductor of electricity and heat. It is also the thinnest surface and represents the next generation wonder material for everyday applications in electronics.  Read more.

Achievements

2015

Professor Adam Bridgeman has received a prestigious fellowship from the federal government’s Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) to develop approaches that empower teachers to develop individualised, adaptive learning environments and personalised student experiences for large classes. Read more.

Congratulations to Jun Liang who was one of four recipients of student prizes for a combined poster and oral presentation at the International Conference on Biological Inorganic Chemistry (~600 people registered) in Beijing.  He did an excellent job with both his poster and oral presentations.

The University of Sydney has been awarded more than $6.5 million in grants from the Australian Research Council under the Linkage Projects scheme that promotes strategic alliances with industry and community organisations. Both Richard Payne and Mat Todd were included in the 2015 round.  Read more.

  • Professor Richard Payne, in partnership with Novo Nordisk, has been awarded $305K.  Rich's project aims to understand the role of carbohydrate modifications on the structure and function of the fat cell-derived hormone adiponectin, which has shown protective effects against obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Advancing knowledge of the molecular mechanisms that regulate fat is crucial to unravelling the processes involved in the development of these diseases. The project plans to use novel synthetic technologies to access a library of adiponectins with defined patterns of carbohydrates attached to the peptide backbone, thus potentially enabling detailed dissection of the role of these modifications on structure, cell signalling and insulin sensitising activities.
  • Associate Professor Mat Todd, in partnership with Medicines for Malaria Venture, has been awarded $410K.  Mat's project plans to synthesise new compounds that bind the protein ATP4, an essential ion pump in the malaria parasite. It plans to generate a three-dimensional map to understand how these compounds stop ATP4 from working. Several promising new medicines for malaria target ATP4, yet we do not understand properly how they do so. The project’s intended aims will be achieved using new methods in synthetic chemistry and membrane biology, and by leveraging global scientific inputs through online research methods allowing anyone to participate.

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dr Binh Pham, has been awarded an AINSE research grant valued at $10,000 for research into radiolabelling of iron oxide nanoparticles as multimodality imaging agents.

Dr Elizabeth New has been awarded the 2015 Vice-Chancellor award for Outstanding Teaching (Early Career).

Professor Max Crossley has been elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society of New South Wales.

Postgraduate candidate, Mr Stephen Ogilvie, has been awarded a Faculty Postgraduate Research Prize in recognition of his outstanding Postgraduate student academic achievements, particularly during the early phases of his candidature. This prize is valued at $500. The criteria for this prize is the significance and quality of a manuscript which has been accepted for publication, and the role the student played in that particular research project.

Emeritus Professor Noel Hush has been invited to meet with the perovskite theory group in the Department of Physics at Shanghai University from 28 May to the 13 June as Li Quaing visiting professor. 

Professor Richard Payne has been awarded a Chemical Society of Japan Distinguished Lectureship Award. 

Professor Richard Payne is the recipient of the 2015 MedChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship.  Read more.

Chemistry alumna, Dr Karena Chapman, has received the prestigious international 2015 MRS Outstanding Young Investigator Award for contributions to energy-relevant systems.  Currently a scientist working in the X-ray Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory, Karena received her BSc and PhD degrees in chemistry from The University of Sydney in the Kepert Research Group.

Following on from his recent Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship, A/Prof. Lou Rendina has been appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the International Institute of Nano and Molecular Medicine (I2NM2) in the USA, the first time an Australian scientist has been appointed by the Institute.  I2NM2 is a world-leading research centre dedicated to the discovery and application of fundamental and translational medical science based upon previously unexplored chemistry combined with nanotechnology and the biosciences, funded by the University of Missouri, NIH, DOE, NSF, and Honeywell.  The design of new boron and gadolinium agents for binary cancer therapies and the application of boron clusters in medicinal chemistry were two of A/Prof. Rendina's research areas highlighted by the Institute.

Professor Cameron Kepert has been awarded the Burrows Award, presented following his delivery of the Burrows Lecture at the RACI National Congress in Adelaide. The Award is presented by the Inorganic Division of the RACI and commemorates George Joseph Burrows (1888-1950). Burrows was appointed to the staff of the University of Sydney in 1919 and made important contributions to coordination chemistry during the following 21 years, especially in the field of metal-tertiary arsine complexes. The Award is based on consideration of the candidate’s scientific work published in the past 10 years, together with other evidence of his or her standing in the international community.  Read more.

Professor Richard Payne has been awarded the 2015 Leo Dintenfass Memorial Award for Excellence in Research by The Rebecca L. Cooper Medical Research Foundation for his research entitled “Automated purification platform for accelerated tuberculosis drug discovery”.  Awarded to applications judged by the Directors of the Foundation to be the most interesting or innovative of the year.  Professor Payne has also been awarded a Rebecca L. Cooper Medical Research Foundation Grant. Read more.

Professor Richard Payne has been awarded the 2014 Edgeworth David Medal by the Royal Society of NSW. He will receive the medal during 2015.  Read more.
Dr Asaph Widmer-Cooper has been awarded an ARC Future Fellowship to characterise the interactions between colloidal nanorods and their self-assembly in the presence of interfaces and directional interactions. While nanoparticles can currently be made in a staggering array of shapes, patterns and materials, organising such objects into extended structures that could revolutionise technology remains a challenge. The goal of the project is a robust strategy for making monolayer films of rods aligned perpendicular to a variety of interfaces for the fabrication of solar cells, microfiltration membranes and biosensors.
Congratulations to Richard Payne and Adam Bridgeman who have both been promoted to Professor.  Further congratulations to Chiara Neto who has been promoted to Associate Professor. Well done!

Latest funding outcomes

2015

Congratulations to everyone who has received funding for 2015.  Read more.