Commercial Applications for Nano-Composite Materials

Craig Mounsey discusses commercial applications for nano-composite materials, and how they can be used in industrial design.

ANA releases 11 new case studies on prominent Australian nanotechnology companies

The ANA recently completed a series of case studies on prominent Australian nanotechnology companies. These case studies demonstrate how widely and successfully nanotechnology is currently being incorporated into different Australian industries.

Those companies included in the case study series include:

If you are interested in having a case study promoted on the ANAs website, we encourage you to look at the format and supply information and photos to us. At the ANA we are very proud of the research/industry relationship and are committed to promoting this in any way we can.

ANA announces the release of Nanotechnology: Australian Capability Report Fourth Edition

The Australian Nanotechnology Alliance was commissioned in the second half of 2010 by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research under the National Enabling Technologies Strategy to create the Fourth Edition of Nanotechnology: Australian Capability Report. We are pleased to announce that this report is now available.

Australia is making a name for itself in materials, nanobiotechnology, electronics and photonics, energy and environment and quantum technology. Research outcomes can be applied across a wide range of industries, from agriculture and IT to health and aeronautics.

Australia’s smart, enterprising population, robust R&D infrastructure, supportive government and stringent IP protection make it an attractive location to establish and conduct research activities. Collaboration is a defining feature of the Australian nanotechnology sector. The country’s research institutes and private companies have formed strong alliances to bring products with commercial and social benefits to market quickly.

The Fourth Edition of Nanotechnology: Australian Capability Report contains the most up to date information on the Australian nanotechnology sector currently available. The new directory style of this Edition allows the reader to easily find relevant information, and the Australian Nanotechnology Matrix towards the end of the Report provides a useful summary of all relevant areas for each organisation listed.

The Report maintains the seven categories of the Third Edition, while broadening the scope to include new categories of Government Resources and Consultancy Services. There are over 300 entries for companies, research organisations and Government bodies over nine categories:

  • Materials
  • Nanobiotechnology and medical devices
  • Energy and environment
  • Electronics and photonics
  • Quantum technology
  • Instrumentation and software
  • Facilities, networks and associations
  • Government resources
  • Consultancy services

A pdf version of this report can be found here. Please contact the Australian Nanotechnology Alliance if you wish to obtain a print version of this report.

ANA’s Vice President appointed Head of Science, Australian Synchrotron

The Australian Nanotechnology Alliance welcomes the announcement of Professor Ian Gentle’s appointment of Head of Science at the Australian Synchrotron.

ANA President, Mr Steve Healy said “Ian Gentle is not only an internationally aclaimed scientist in the area of fabrication and characterisation of thin films, he is also recognised as an advocate of encouraging industry/research collaborations.”…

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Nanotechnology enabled products to hit $US3.1 trillion value by 2015

Leading nanotechnology research agency, Lux Research Inc based in New York, has revised upward their estimated value of nano-enabled goods to be produced by 2015.

From an earlier prediction that the global value of nano-enabled goods of $US2.6 trillion, new research indicates this figure will swell to $US3.1 trillion by 2015. As of 2007 goods incorporating nanotechnology reached $US147 billion.

Interim CEO of the Australian Nanotechnology Alliance (ANA), Ms Carla Gerbo said “Australian manufacturers are also taking advantage of nanotechnology to produce goods which offer unique and or enhanced properties, with the potential that Australian products incorporating nanotechnology could be valued up to $60 billion by 2015, while employing some 125,000”.

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Strategic Alliance Announced – Future Materials and the Australian Nanotechnology Alliance

Future Materials

Brisbane, 24 June 2008: Future Materials and The Australian Nanotechnology Alliance (ANA), two leading Australian material science bodies have announced a strategic alliance in order to deliver collaborative activities aimed at bringing together university and public research organisations with industry on a national playing field.

Chairman of Future Materials, Mr Angus M Robinson (currently Director, Ai Group/AEEMA Consolidation), said “both organisations share the vision that advances in materials technology can bring about solutions to industrial problems, including solutions for advanced manufacturing, as well as solutions to many of the crucial environmental problems
facing mankind.”

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XeroCoat Enters Solar Energy Market

High tech start up company XeroCoat has announced its entry into the solar energy market.

This pioneering company commenced by University of Queensland researchers, Dr Michael Harvey and Associate Professor Paul Meredith, now headquartered in Redwood City California, with its R&D base in Brisbane, has taken its innovative coating technology and is targeting the solar thermal and solar photovoltaic markets.

Targeting the solar thermal and solar photovoltaic markets, XeroCoat’s innovative coating technology can significantly increase conversion efficiency and consequently power output of these systems with very little change to the cell or module manufacturing process.

Through its innovative technologies which delivers greater solar energy affordability by decreasing manufacturing costs for solar module makers and increasing energy returns for solar system owners.

Tom Hood, President and Chief Executive Officer of XeroCoat said “with its strong Australian links, XeroCoat is very committed to continuous technology innovation and partnering with our customers to make solar energy a sustainable and affordable energy alternative now and into the future”. For more information visit

ANA Congratulates Professor Max Lu on Federation Fellowship

The Australian Nanotechnology Alliance (ANA) congratulates Professor Max Lu, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence of Functional Nanomaterials, on successfully attaining his second Federation Fellowship, as announced by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd MP on April 22.

ANA President, Mr Steven Healy said “Professor Lu, a foundation board member of the ANA, is most deserving of this honour. Max is a tireless in his leadership of the ARCCFN and his own research in the environmental and energy portfolios will bring about significant environmental benefits for our planet”.

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Central Queensland’s Invited to Learn About Nanotechnology

With 50% of consumer products expected to include nanotechnology by 2013, the Australian Nanotechnology Alliance (ANA) in conjunction with QUT are holding a nanotechnology forum for Central Queensland industry that showcases the broad range of applications which incorporates nanotechnology materials and applications.

ANA Director Ms Carla Gerbo said “the Central Queensland forum has been designed to examine issues that impact not just large companies, but provides opportunities for business regardless of size. The overall theme for Central Queensland is clean energy and as such we devised a program of speakers with specific relevance to this topic”.

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Media Release – Consumer Demand for Nanotechnology Goods on the Rise

Australian Nanotechnology Alliance

As the number of consumer products incorporating nanotechnology approaches 500, scientists predict that by 2013 half of all new consumer products developed will contain nanotechnology, and with the value of goods incorporating nano expected to reach $2.6 trillion by 2015, these very small particles which measure one-billionth of a metre, are becoming a part of our everyday life.

Carla Gerbo, Director of the Australian Nanotechnology Alliance (ANA) said, “In Australia many consumers are aware of nano’s use in consumer products such as UV sunscreens incorporating zinc oxide nanoparticles, or nano particles that clothing companies such as King Gee use in some of their clothing range which makes them water and stain repellent. These items have readily been accepted by Australian consumers, yet they represent just the tip of a range of products now available”.

Big names in house-hold products have been quick to adopt nanotechnology and produce domestic appliances such as fridges (Samsung, LG, Daewoo), washing machines (Samsung), mobile phone casings (LG), door handles (Nano Care Technology) and vacuum cleaners (LG), infused with silver nanoparticles. Silver, with its anti-bacterial properties, is the most popular of the nanoparticles incorporated into 20% of products.”

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