ARC LIEF Grant Success
Prof Magnus Nyden - with a major contribution from A/Prof Thierry - along with Profs Nico Voelcker (Mawson Institute), Enzo Lombi (Centre for Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation), Bill Skinner and Thomas Nann, received $700,000 funding in the latest round of Australian Research Council (ARC) grants.
This project will establish the first facility for super high resolution correlative microscopy in Australia. The facility will underpin breakthrough science by providing the capability to combine and overlay conventional and super high resolution light microscopy information with electron microscopy information on identical sample locations.
Wark Hosts 2013 Materials Innovations in Surface Engineering Conference
The Chief Scientist of South Australia, Prof Don Bursill and the National President of Materials Australia, Cathy Hewett, opened the conference. Executives from companies including Scoperta, FLSmidth Ludowici and United Surfaces Technologies presented alongside speakers from DSTO, CSIRO, the Galvanisers Association of Australia and various universities.
Congratulations to Genevieve Hart, industry placement student at DSTO, who won the inaugural Ray Reynoldson Award. We also commend our two Wark students, Rajni Garg and Johan Lindén, who gave presentations on their research.
We are grateful to our sponsors - University of South Australia, Olympus, ASC, Lastek, AMMRF, Surface Coatings Association of Australia and ThermoFisher. We also thank the Industry Capability Network for promoting the conference.
Visit to Namibia
Emeritus Prof John Ralston's visit in early May was hosted by the Department of Mining Engineering at the Polytechnic of Namibia. During his stay, John gave a public lecture titled 'The 21st century challenges in mineral processing'.
Appointment of Professor Mats Andersson
Cancer pill to alleviate chemotherapy
Seminars, conferences and events
Seminar - Friday 28 February 2014 at 2.30pm, IW Lecture Theatre
Prof Aleksandar Matic
Head of the Condensed Matter Division, Department of Applied Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Topic: New electrolytes for lithium batteries
Recent honours and awards
Division of ITEE Research Awards
Congratulations to Mr Keith Quast and Prof Jonas Addai-Mensah who both received awards at the ITEE Awards and Recognition Ceremony held on 12 November. Keith received the Research Support Staff award while Jonas received the Supported Researcher of the Year.
The Wark was also successful in being presented with the Leading Research Concentration award for 2013.
Wark 3 Minute Thesis Competition
Students have three minutes to present their thesis topic and its significance. The challenge is to best present the important aspects of the work (planned, in-progress or completed). The Wark's 3M Competition was held on 17 July with the winner for 2013 being Mr Paul Joyce for his presentation titled, 'Nanoparticle-lipid hybrid microparticles that control lipid digestion for optimized drug performance'.
Best Student Paper Award - IEEE International Conference on Nanotechnology
Congratulations to Wark PhD candidate Mr Duy Phu Tran who was presented with this award at the recent 13th IEEE International Conference on Nanotechnology held in Beijing, China on 5-8 August.
Duy's paper was titled, 'Wafer-scale fabrication of ultra-thin silicon nanowire devices'.
The Ralston Medal for Excellence in Physical Chemistry
The Ian Wark Research Institute Medal
This annual award recognises the Ian Wark graduate or graduand with the most outstanding PhD thesis. The 2012 Medal Winner was Dr Moom Sin Aw for the thesis, Nano-engineered porous materials for controlled drug delivery.
The Norton Jackson Material Science and Engineering Medal
This annual award recognises the achievements of the Ian Wark PhD graduate or graduand who has demonstrated the most potential or real application of research in industry. The 2013 Medal Winner is Dr Susana Brito E Abreu for the thesis, Correlation of ToF-SIMS surface analysis with particle hydrophobicity and flotation.