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Nano 3D printing: materials beyond imagination

We're on the cusp of a nano revolution that challenges our ability to imagine
What is nano 3D printing, and how will it transform our lives? Professor Martin Wegener from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology will deliver the inaugural University of Sydney Nano Institute public lecture.

Event details
Date and time:
Tuesday 9 April, 6-7.30pm
Venue: Messel Lecture Theatre
Sydney Nanoscience Hub
The University of Sydney (Camperdown/Darlington Campus)
Entry: free and open to all with online registrations required.

Engineering and medical uses of the future are limited by what’s available from today. Nano printing means we can build things from the nano scale, atom by atom, and make new things that don’t exist yet. Nano printing will allow us to make materials that we can only imagine – and can’t even imagine – yet.

It could help us to develop an invisibility cloak, create cell scaffolding for cancer research, and so much more.

3D printing is already being used to output micro-optical components, metamaterials, scaffolds for biological cell culture, and 3D security features. In this talk, world-renowned nanotechnology expert Professor Martin Wegener will give an introduction into one of science's most exciting and rapidly evolving technologies.

He will offer insights into laser-based 3D printing on the micro- and nanoscale and describe how state-of-the-art 3D printing is changing the way we live and work, with almost endless possibilities.

Professor Wegener will be joined by University of Sydney Professor Hala Zreiqat, 2018 NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year. Professor Zreiqat’s work is focused on using this technology to improve health outcomes, create economic benefits and advance a skilled workforce in nano technology.

This event is co-presented with the University of Sydney Nano Institute.

The speakers

Professor Martin Wegener has been joint department head at the Institute of Nanotechnology, KIT since 2001 and a director at the institute since 2016. He was the coordinator of the DFG-Center for Functional Nanostructures (CFN) at KIT from 2001-14 and has been a spokesperson for the Cluster of Excellence 3D Matter Made to Order since 2018.

His research interests comprise ultrafast optics, (extreme) nonlinear optics, optical laser lithography, photonic crystals, optical, mechanical, electronic, and thermodynamic metamaterialsand transformation physics.

Hala Zreiqat is Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Sydney and both a National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellow (2006-2020); Fellow of International Orthopaedic Research of the ICORS International College of Fellows (2018); Director of the Australian Research Training Centre for Innovative Bio-Engineering.

Her research is on the development of novel engineered materials and 3D-printed platforms for regenerative medicine, particularly in orthopaedic, dental, and maxillofacial applications. She has been awarded more than $18 M in competitive funding including from the NHMRC, ARC and the NSW Medical Devices Fund.

Event information

This event is free and open to all but online registration is essential.

Simply click the 'Register now' button or follow this link.

Entry to ticket holders will be prioritised and given on a first-in, best-dressed basis until the room reaches capacity. If an event is full, this may result in standing room or delayed admittance until an appropriate time.

We recommend early arrival to allow time for finding the venue and securing a seat to the event. Doors open 30 minutes before the advertised start time. 

If you could not register but would like to attend, you are welcome to join a stand-by queue on the night as seats may become available due to late cancellations. Please note, this is not guaranteed so you come at risk of non-admittance.

This venue provides wheelchair access and infrared hearing system.

Access requirements

If you have other access requirements or want more information, get in touch with us on 9351 2943 or email with 'Access | Apr 9 - 3D matter' in the subject line at the earliest opportunity to allow us time to organise for any additional services in time for the event.

This event takes place at Messel Lecture Theatre, which is on the Level 3 of Sydney Nanoscience Hub building, located directly behind the Physics building on Physics Road. 

There will be directional signage on the day leading to the theatre. You may also refer to the map on this page. 

By train

Redfern Station is the closest train station. It is a 20-minute walk to the venue. Enter via Abercrombie Street. Please check Transport NSW for train updates and schedules. 

By bus

The closest stop is at City Road (before Butlin Avenue). It is a seven-minute walk to the venue. Use the campus map to locate the bus stop. 

While there is some street parking available on Abercrombie Street, Butlin Avenue, Darlington Street and Codrington Street, there is no dedicated parking at this venue and spaces are limited so we suggest using public transport whenever possible.

Use the University campus maps tool to find out more details about parking and access areas. Search using 'Abercrombie' to locate the building.

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