ARC Nanotechnology Network

ARCNN News. Edition 2, June 2005


Dear Members,

I recently represented ARCNN at the Global Nanotechnology Network 2005 Workshop held in Saarbrucken, Germany, 26-27 May. Representatives from various part of the globe met to discuss nanotechnology activities in various countries and to enhance interactions between scientists, particularly with an aim to bridge the nano-divide between developing and developed countries. See and for further information and outcomes from the conference.

ARCNN provided funding support for the recent Workshop on Quantum Materials held on Heron Island, 1-4 June. See details below about upcoming ARCNN supported events and activities.

Congratulations to recent Federation Fellowship and Centres of Excellence recipients in the area of nanotechnology. WELL DONE.

I look forward to your involvement in ARCNN, C Jagadish, Convenor

New Look Website

The ARCNN website has had a makeover, and went live recently. Take a look at Your feedback is welcome.

Please also note that if the formatting of this newsletter has been lost during transmission, you can view ARCNN newsletters (with formatting) at

ARCNN Funding Support

Funding support is offered for Events (Conferences, Workshops, Summer and Winter Schools, and Short courses), Short and Long Term Visits, and Travel Grants to attend ARCNN supported events. The ARCNN's website now has funding guidelines and online application forms available for easy access. Members are encouraged to apply. Go to for details.

First Member Forum

The first ARCNN Member Forum will be held from 6.00 - 7.00pm on Tuesday 19th July at the University Club, University of Western Australia. This is during the International Workshop on Nanotechnology, 17-20 July. The Forum will include an overview of current ARCNN activities and funding opportunities. The other important aspect of the Forum is the opportunity for you to provide input about what ARCNN can do to enhance it's focus on supporting Australian ECR's and postgraduate students, and sponsoring Nanotechnology events held in Australia.

If you cannot attend on this occasion, then we will be holding future ARCNN Member Forum's in other major centres around Australia to enable as many members as possible to take part and contribute ideas.

Distinguished Lecturer Tours

ARCNN's first two Distinguished Lecturers will be giving talks in July 2005, following the International Workshop on Nanotechnology being held in Perth. Prof Klaus Ploog from Paul Drude Institute, Germany will visit Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney. Prof Ploog's area of research is ferromagnetic semiconductors for spintronics applications. Dr Vince Castronova from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, USA will visit Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra and Sydney. Dr Castranova's area of research is the impact of nanotechnology on OH&S issues. Go to for details.

Postgraduate Symposium on Nanotechnology

The Postgraduate Symposium on Nanotechnology is being held in Perth on 21 and 22 July 2005, following the International Workshop on Nanotechnology. The aim of this symposium is to provide a forum where postgraduate students working on nanotechnology research can present their work, meet other students and researchers, and interact with other research groups in Australia. The program will consist of 22 postgraduate student talks and an invited talk by Prof David Joy from the University of Tennessee/Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Prof Joy's research interests focus on developing new microscopy techniques for biological and polymer materials. He holds a split appointment with one foot in academia and the other in a government laboratory, following 14 years in industry working for AT&T Bell Labs. He will talk about his experience in these different work environments and the highlights of his research career.

There is no registration fee for attendance at the symposium, however all participants are asked to register for catering purposes using the International Workshop on Nanotechnology registration form at, by 10 July 2005. The section to register for the symposium is on the second page of the registration form. Go to for more details about the symposium - the symposium program is due to be posted on the website later this week.

Upcoming ARCNN Supported Events

  • International Workshop on Nanotechnology, Perth, 17-20 July 2005. Please note the Closing Date for REGISTRATIONS is 10 July. Further info at www
  • XXII International Conference on Photochemistry, Cairns, 24-29 July 2005. Further info at

LEOS deadline

Lasers and Electro-Optics Society Annual Meeting, Sydney, 23-27 October 2005: Abstract (2 pages) Submission Deadline is 22 June 2005. Please also note that Groups can present an overview of their research activities in poster format at this conference. Go to for details.

Other Nano Events being held in Australia in coming months

ARCNN Admin Contacts

Helen McMartin (Network Manager, 02 6125 0693) and Cindy Bradley (Network Administrator, 02 6125 2495) are your admin contacts at ARCNN. Helen and Cindy both work part time, covering the office 5 days a week. Email Fax 02 6125 3915.

For further information regarding ARCNN or any events, please contact Helen or Cindy, or go to