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Science meets art

11 December 2017: Science met art as researchers from CNBP and the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) visited the ‘Quantum Colour: Capturing The Movement Of Light’ exhibition at Adelaide’s JamFactory and got a back-stage tour with artist and Creative Director of JamFactory Glass Studio, Karen Cunningham. The exhibition, melding science with traditional glass blowing […]

ARC CEO visits CNBP laboratories

10 December 2017: Professor Sue Thomas, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Australian Research Council (ARC) has visited CNBP laboratories at the University of Adelaide and gained  first-hand experience of the exciting biophotonics science taking place there. Shown around a number of laboratory spaces by CNBP Director Prof Mark Hutchinson, Prof Thomas spent time examining […]

Annual CNBP conference jam-packed!

4 December 2017: The CNBP research community (Chief investigators, Associate Investigators, researchers, students and members of the International Science Committee) came together for the Fourth Annual CNBP Conference, Tue 28th November to Fri 1st December 2017, in what was a jam-packed schedule of science. Activities at the Conference included ‘quick speed’ data blitz presentations; key […]

Copper oxide nanocubes good for bioimaging

4 December 2017: New CNBP research determines that copper oxide nanocubes are suitable for long-term bioimaging experiments. Lead author on the paper – CNBP PhD student Zafisa Zohora (RMIT University). Journal: Scientific Reports. Publication title: Fluorescence brightness and photostability of individual copper (I) oxide nanocubes. Authors: Nafisa Zohora, Ahmad Esmaielzadeh Kandjani, Antony Orth, Hannah M. Brown, Mark R. […]

New hybrid sensor developed

21 November 2017: A new hybrid sensor combining an organic fluorescent probe bound to a nanodiamond has been developed by CNBP researchers (lead author Dr Malcolm Purdey pictured). Able to detect hydrogen peroxide, the sensor is non-toxic and is also highly photostable. Journal: Scientific Reports. Publication title: An organic fluorophore-nanodiamond hybrid sensor for photostable imaging […]

New unmixing method to detect and measure fluorophores

17 November 2017: A new CNBP paper “Statistically strong label-free quantitative identification of native fluorophores in a biological sample,” by Saabah B. Mahbub (first author pictured), Martin Plöschner, Martin E. Gosnell, Ayad G. Anwer and Ewa M. Goldys has just been published in Scientific Reports and is available online. This work addresses a genuine shortage […]

Microfluidic droplet extraction

16 November 2017: CNBP and Macquarie University PhD candidate Shilun Feng is first author on a new paper exploring a ‘membrane-on-a-chip’ device. The technology has the potential to form an integral part of a new type of microneedle that would be able to transport tiny and precise amounts of fluid/medication within the body. Journal: Micromachines. Publication […]

New CNBP PhD student

15 November 2017: CNBP welcomes its latest PhD student Jagjit Kaur who will study under the supervision of CNBP researcher Dr Guozhen Liu at Macquarie University. Jagjit has recently joined Macquarie University from India to pursue her research which will be focused on the development of nanoelectrodes for single cell analysis. The main aim of her […]

DECRA awarded to Centre Research Fellow

13 November 2017: Congratulations to Dr Lindsay Parker, CNBP Research Fellow at Macquarie University who has just been granted a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) from the Australian Research Council (ARC). The award will support the following research activity: “Intelligently linking nanoscience to neuroscience with glycan biology. This project aims to provide a comprehensive description […]

CNBP researchers on Scope TV

11 November 2017: Fantastic TV talents (and CNBP researchers) Prof Brant Gibson and Dr Philipp Reineck from RMIT University featured on SCOPE TV for kids, 11th November 2017. Check them out as they discuss the use of diamond nanoparticles in biophotonics to help shed light on cells and the living body!

A spiropyran with enhanced fluorescence

10 November 2017: A new rationally designed, photostable, red-emitting calcium sensor with enhanced fluorescence intensity has been presented by CNBP researchers in a paper published in the journal ‘Tetrahedron’. Lead author on the paper is CNBP’s Georgina Sylvia (pictured – University of Adelaide). Journal: Tetrahedron. Publication title: A spiropyran with enhanced fluorescence: A bright, photostable and red-emitting calcium sensor. Authors: Georgina […]

CNBP at ‘Science meets Business’

9 November 2017: As silver sponsor at the annual STA ‘Science meets Business’ event held in Sydney, November 9th 2017, CNBP was extremely well represented, supporting a push to improve engagement and collaboration between the research sector and Australian industry. In addition to having numerous Centre scientists in attendance – those with a strong interest […]

Outreach at Fresh Science

8 November 2017: The world’s smallest fibre-optic probe that can simultaneously see and sense deeply inside the body (Dr Jiawen Li) and an anti-cancer drug that can be switched ‘on’ and ‘off’ inside the body to help reduce chemotherapy side effects (PhD student Kathryn Palasis). These were the research narratives developed by the two CNBP scientists […]

A new heuristic search strategy to accelerate imaging

7 November 2017: CNBP researchers Dr Daniel Drumm (lead author pictured) and Prof Andrew Greentree, both at RMIT University, have analysed microscopy in the contexts of Rényi-Ulam games and half-lies, developing a new family of heuristics. Their research is reported in the journal ‘Scientific Reports.’ Journal: Scientific Reports. Publication title: Microscopy as a statistical, Rényi-Ulam, half-lie game: […]

Cytokine detection

6 November 2017: New research from CNBP scientists reports on a cytokine sensor – fabricated on the surface of an optical fibre. Cytokines are molecules that play a critical role in cellular response to infection, inflammation, trauma and disease. Lead author on the paper, published in the journal ‘Biosensors and Bioelectronics’, is Centre PhD student […]

Concordia College students visit CNBP

6 November 2017: Thirty-one Year 11 students from Concordia College visited CNBP headquarters at the University of Adelaide, 6th November 2017, further strengthening outreach engagement and linkages between the school and Centre researchers. The students, part of the  International Baccalaureate Science program, enjoyed presentations from CNBP researchers, participated in a Q&A regarding CNBP science, and undertook lab […]

Surface chemistry and nanodiamond fluorescence

31 October 2017: Surface chemistry is vital for nanodiamond fluorescence, reports a new paper published by CNBP researchers (lead author Dr Philipp Reineck pictured). The paper was published in the journal ‘ACS Nano’ and is available online. Journal: ACS Nano. Publication title: Effect of Surface Chemistry on the Fluorescence of Detonation Nanodiamonds. Authors: Philipp Reineck, Desmond W. M. Lau, […]

New microfluidic needle-like device developed

31 October: A new paper from CNBP researchers (lead author Shilun Feng pictured) reports on the development of a microfluidic needle-like device that can extract and deliver nanoliter samples. The paper, published in ‘Applied Physics Letters’ is accessible online. Journal: Applied Physics Letters. Publication title: A microfluidic needle for sampling and delivery of chemical signals by […]

CNBP researchers edit new book

30 October 2017: A new book edited by A/Prof Anwar Sunna (CNBP Associate Investigator), Dr Andrew Care (CNBP Research Fellow) and Peter Bergquist (Macquarie University) as been published by Springer. The book, “Peptides and Peptide-based Biomaterials and their Biomedical Applications”, highlights new developments in the applications of peptide and peptide-based biomaterials in biomedicine. “This is […]

CI joins ARC College of Experts

27 October 2017: Professor Andrew Greentree, CNBP Chief Investigator from RMIT University has been announced as a member of the prestigious ARC College of Experts. Members of the College of Experts assess and rank ARC grant applications submitted under the National Competitive Grants Program, make funding recommendations to the ARC and provide strategic advice to the […]

Quantifying nanoparticles in colloidal suspension

26 October 2017: A new paper featuring CNBP researchers (lead author Sandhya Clement pictured top left), demonstrates a simple, non-destructive method suitable for rapid evaluation of nanoparticles in colloidal suspension. The paper, published in Nanotechnology is accessible online. Journal: Nanotechnology. Publication title: Quantification of nanoparticle concentration in colloidal suspensions by a non-destructive optical method. Authors: Sandhya Clement, Brint […]

New CNBP PhD student

20 October 2017: CNBP welcomes its latest PhD student Lu Peng who will study under the supervision of Center Investigators Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem and Dr Stephen Warren-Smith at the University of Adelaide. Lu’s project is focused on the use of exposed-core microstructured optical fibre to do two-dimensional fibre imaging. This research has the potential to be […]

Centre AI awarded prestigious Malcolm McIntosh Prize

18 October 2017: CNBP Associate Investigator Professor Dayong Jin, at the University of Technology Sydney, has been awarded the Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year. The award recognises Professor Jin’s innovative work with nanocrystals which allow for enhanced molecular imaging deep within the cellular environment, aiding early stage detection of cancer and disease. […]

New light source developed for fluorescent microscopy imaging

16 October 2017: A tuneable and programmable integrating sphere light source for wide-field fluorescent microscopy imaging, employing nine light-emitting diodes (LEDs), has been successfully demonstrated and reported by CNBP researchers in a new paper (lead author Aziz ul Rehman pictured). The paper, published in ‘Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy’ is accessible online. Journal: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy. Publication title: Programmable […]

Ecolinc STEM program

16 October 2017: Centre Associate Investigator, Dr Kate Fox from RMIT University has participated in the Ecolinc STEM for Women program in Melbourne, Oct 16th, 2017. Ninety students (Years 9 and 10) attended the event where they  got to learn of the experiences from a range of women who work in a variety of STEM related […]

Student poster award

14 October 2017: Aimee Horsfall, CNBP PhD student at the University of Adelaide has been awarded a student Poster Award (of four), with cash prize, for her poster titled “Introduction of a new fluorescent constraint on-resin” at the 6th Modern Solid-Phase Peptide Synthesis Symposium, held at Fraser Island from the 12-14th of October. The symposium is a satellite […]

Nanorubies for targeted bio-imaging

12 October 2017: Researchers from the CNBP have released a new paper that examines the use of nanorubies for targeted bio-imaging activity. The work (lead author Varun Sreenivasan pictured) is trans-disciplinary in nature, drawing on the Centre’s collective knowledge in physics, pharmacology, chemistry, material science and embryology. The paper, published in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces is […]

Nano ‘terminator style’ antennae

12 October 2017: The liquid metal, shape-shifting T-1000 Terminator cyborg, featuring in a 1991 science-fiction film Terminator 2, was made possible due to breakthroughs in computer-generated imagery. Some 25 years later, using breakthroughs in physics and chemistry CNBP scientists Dr Ivan Maksymov and Prof Andy Greentree at RMIT University have shown reconfigurable liquid-metal optical nanoantennae. […]

Prof Goldys elected as ATSE Fellow

11 October 2017: Fluorescence expert Ewa Goldys, Deputy Director at the CNBP and Professor at Macquarie University, has been elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). The Fellowship recognises Professor Goldys’ pioneering research in non-invasive medical diagnostics, and her work associated with fluorescence, advanced materials and biomedicine, supporting […]

Lung tissue aspiration

11 October 2017: A new publication from CNBP researchers explores the integration of an optical coherence tomography (OCT) probe into a flexible needle for lung tissue aspiration. The paper (lead author Jiawen Li pictured), was published in the Journal of Biomedical Optics and is accessible online. Journal: Journal of Biomedical Optics. Publication title: Flexible needle with integrated optical […]

New CNBP researcher at MQ University

6 October 2017: CNBP welcomes its newest postdoctoral researcher to the team – Dr Jared Campbell who has just relocated to Sydney’s Macquarie University from the University of Adelaide. The move will see Jared work closely with Centre Deputy Director Prof Ewa Goldys where he will be focused on using hyperspectral microscopy to research the […]

Antibiotic research featured by the NHMRC

4 October 2017: With only two new antibiotic classes being discovered and developed in the last 50 years, Professor Andrew Abell, CNBP Chief Investigator and his team at the University of Adelaide have been featured on the NHMRC website as one of the ‘ten best’ research stories of the year. Prof Abell and team are going […]

New med-tech zinc sensor developed

27 September 2017: A new zinc sensor has been developed and reported by CNBP researchers, which will allow for a deeper understanding of the dynamic roles that metal ions play in regulating health and disease in the living body. The research, published in the journal ‘ACS Omega’ reports that the newly designed chemical sensor can […]

New technique to aid bladder cancer diagnosis

25 September 2017: A new and innovative automated computer technique has been developed by CNBP researchers that is able to significantly aid in the diagnosis of bladder cancer. The technique—which allows suspect lesion images to be quickly and effectively analysed and then classified for cancer risk, has been reported in the medical journal ‘Urologic Oncology’. […]

CNBP at AstroLight Festival

23 September 2017: CNBP scientists joined forces with astronauts, astronomers, scientists, stargazers and artists to present a night starring astronomy and light at the annual AstroLight Festival, held at Scienceworks in Melbourne, Saturday 23 September, 2017. The public event, which attracted more than 1,500 attendees, saw eleven CNBP team members involved – giving talks, undertaking […]

Glycan identification and quantitation

21 September 2017: Christopher Ashwood, CNBP PhD candidate, visited Ireland in September 2017, performing an oral presentation at the 16th Human Proteome Organisation World Congress with a presentation titled: “Open-glycomics: An open-access platform for software-assisted glycan identification and quantitation”. He also visited the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) where he also presented […]

Children’s University Regional Lecture Series

17 September 2017: Georgina Sylvia, CNBP researcher, was recently involved in two outreach events organised as part of the Children’s University Regional Lecture Series, which aims to stimulate interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM subjects) for school children in Years 6-9. At the first event at Renmark, she presented exciting chemistry demonstrations to year […]

Concordia students visit CNBP labs

14 September 2017: Eighty Concordia College students with an interest in STEM undertook a series of educational tours at CNBP laboratories at the University of Adelaide—forty students visiting Wednesday 6th September and a further forty students visiting Wednesday 13th September, 2017. The students were hosted by a number of CNBP researchers, undertaking laboratory tours in both […]

CNBP science at the Calyx

12 September 2017: CNBP researchers Dr Denitza Denkova and Dr Martin Ploschner took their luminescence and fluorescence science expertise to the general public, at a special after-hours event known as ‘Science at the Calyx’ at the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney. Presenting to an audience of approximately sixty people, the CNBP scientists focused on giving members of the […]

First reversible ‘turn-off’ sensor for Glutathione

6 September 2017: The first reversible ‘turn-off’ sensor for Glutathione has been reported by CNBP researchers in a paper published in the science journal Biosensors. The paper is accessible online (open access). Dr Sabrina Heng notes: γ-Glutamyl-cysteinyl-glycine (GSH) plays a critical role in maintaining redox homeostasis in biological systems and a decrease in its cellular levels is […]

Charge transfer in helical peptides

1 September 2017: Understanding the electronic properties inherent to peptides is crucial for controlling charge transfer, and precursory to the design and fabrication of bio-inspired next generation electronic components. However, to achieve this objective one must first be able to predict and control the associated charge transfer mechanisms. Here CNBP researchers demonstrate for the first […]

School tour of Braggs labs

31 August 2017: Caritas College students visiting the University of Adelaide for a ‘science day’ were shown around laboratory spaces in the Braggs Building by CNBP PHD students Kathryn Palasis (pictured) and Georgina Sylvia. The 23 Year 9 school students were given a tour through a synthetic chemistry lab and then spoke with both CNBP […]

Exploring small-sized nanoflakes

29 August 2017: Size-dependent structural and electronic properties of MoS2 monolayer nanoflakes, of sizes up to 2nm, have been investigated by CNBP researchers using density-functional theory (DFT). The paper, published in Scientific Reports is accessible online. Journal: Scientific Reports. Publication title: A study of size-dependent properties of MoS2 monolayer nanoflakes using density-functional theory. Authors: M. Javaid (pictured), Daniel W. Drumm, Salvy […]

New technique to aid IVF embryo selection

28 August 2017: Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) have successfully developed an advanced new imaging technique, which can help assess the quality of early-stage embryos. The research, reported in the journal ‘Human Reproduction’ has the potential to significantly benefit the IVF industry of the future, improving assisted reproduction outcomes […]

Nano-diamond arrays on glass

23 August 2017: Researchers from CNBP’s RMIT University node (lead author Ashleigh Heffernan), have published a paper demonstrating a directed self-assembly method to position nanodiamonds on glass. The method, allowing for the statistical quantification of fluorescent nanoparticles provides a step towards fabrication of hybrid photonic devices for applications from quantum cryptography to sensing. The paper is accessible […]

Talking science at UoA Open Day

20 August 2017: CNBP volunteers at the University of Adelaide Open Day took the opportunity to set-up a stand and to demonstrate Centre related science, Sunday 20th August, 2017. The Open Day, showcasing programs, facilities, and options for student study at the University, saw many thousands of visitors to Campus and the CNBP team was ready! […]

CNBP at Macquarie Uni Open Day

19 August 2017: ‘The power of light to measure’ was the phrase commonly expressed by Centre researchers staffing the CNBP stand at this year’s Macquarie University Open Day. This was in response to potential University students and their family members, who were looking to find out more about nanoscale biophotonics as well as to better […]

Outreach at Concordia College

16 August 2017: Students from Concordia College got the low-down on STEM careers—as well as learnt more about lasers, laboratories and the life of a scientist at a school outreach event organised and run by CNBP researchers from the University of Adelaide. The event, celebrating National Science Week, saw a team of CNBP scientists and researchers visit […]

New CNBP research assistant

16 August 2017: CNBP would like to welcome Robyn Kievit to the team. Located at the University of Adelaide, Robyn has joined the CNBP as a research assistant. She will primarily work within the Origins of Sensing biological challenges group (understanding the role of brain immune signals in the creation of chronic pain) with Dr Sanam […]

Launch of CNBP and CU partnership

15 August 2017: The University of Colorado Boulder (CU) and the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) have officially announced their research partnership status at a launch event that took place at CU today. The collaboration between the CNBP, an Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence, and the University of Colorado Boulder, will explore the use of novel CNBP biophotonics […]
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