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Dr Grant van Riessen is an expert on nanomaterials and nanofabrication, and will now train fellow scientists in new techniques as an Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) Ambassador.
The award, which includes $100,000 in research resources at the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, will allow Dr van Riessen and his colleagues to develop a broader base of expertise and collaboration.
The award will help to fund projects on photonics for imaging applications, devices for serial crystallography, and sensors, to be led by Dr Shanshan Kou, Dr Brian Abbey and Dr Dongchen Qi respectively.
Dr van Riessen will focus on three-dimensional patterning of nanostructures using advanced methods and tools in electron beam lithography. “It is like 3D printing on the nanoscale, except that what we 'print' is primarily used as a mask for transferring a 3D pattern into membranes that are themselves only tens of nanometres thick,” Dr van Riessen said. “For the first time, we will be able to create optical nanostructures with the ideal geometry predicted by simulation.”
Dr van Riessen says the ANFF award will also provide an opportunity to contribute to the broader scientific direction of ANFF Victoria. “The scheme encourages us to develop new ways of doing things, and to share these methods with the scientific community,” he added. “It’s exciting because it will inevitably lead to new and unexpected research opportunities along the way.”