Seminar: Rosie Hicks, The Australian National Fabrication Facility. Lessons from the First 10 Years

Friday 5 May 2017 10:00 - 11:00
Published 2017-04-20 13:39 by Ivan Maximov

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The Australian National Fabrication Facility. Lessons from the First 10 Years

Rosie Hicks

Australian National Fabrication Facility, Melbourne, Australia

The Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) was established in 2007 under the Australian Government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy. ANFF links 19 Australian universities and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to provide researchers with access to state-of-the-art micro and nano fabrication facilities.
ANFF enables users to process hard materials (metals, semiconductors, composites and ceramics) and soft materials (polymers and polymer-biological moieties) and transform these into structures that have application in sensors, medical devices, nanophotonics and nanoelectronics. ANFF has established a national framework, promoting and facilitating interaction between institutions. It ensures that investment in research infrastructure is strategic and coordinated, and offers a centralised advice service for researchers.
The investment to date is in excess of AUS$300 million. In FY16, usage of the facility reached over 200,000 hours by 2,672 researchers. Projects supported range from fundamental science such as the fabrication of silicon qubits for quantum computing applications, to development of new products including the Vaxxas NanopatchTM for needle-free delivery of vaccines. Users come from a wide range of disciplines and industries.
This presentation will provide an introduction to ANFF, detailing some of the successes and challenges that we’ve faced in the first 10 years of operation. Highlights include the development of strong international linkages, support for start-up companies and growth of a genuinely national network. However, the nanofabrication landscape has changed significantly since the formation of ANFF. Tools that were state-of-the-art have become ubiquitous. As we celebrate our 10th birthday, we must consider the research challenges of the next decade and the role of a national network.