ARC Nanotechnology Network

ARCNN News. Edition 4, October 2005


Dear Members, welcome to the fourth edition of the ARCNN News!

Dr Vince Castranova's ARCNN Distinguished Lecturer tour in July highlighted OH&S issues associated with nanotechnology. An article appeared in the October edition of Australian Science on this topic, highlighting Dr Castranova's work at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, USA. A video recording on CD of one of his lectures “Health Issues of Nanoparticles & Nanotubes“ has proved popular, with about 50 requests being received. If you haven't already requested a copy and would like one, please email your name and postal address details to

There are a number of exciting conferences and workshops coming up during the remainder of 2005, as well as Prof Sajeev John's ARCNN Distinguished Lecturer tour in November. See below for details.

Funding is available for ECR's and PG Students to undertake collaborative research. I encourage you to apply. Please see our funding guidelines and application information.

The ARC is holding a meeting for Network Convenors and Managers on 9 November. This will provide a valuable opportunity to learn about other Research Network's activities.

Based on the feedback received at the ARCNN Member Forum in Perth in July, details and guidelines are being considered by the ARCNN Management Committee for a new funding program to support international travel for collaborative research undertaken by ECR's and PG Students. Details will be posted on the website, when available.

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

ARCNN Distinguished Lecturer Tour by Prof Sajeev John, November 2005

Prof Sajeev John from the University of Toronto, Canada will be visiting CANBERRA (The Australian National University) from Monday 21 to Wednesday 23 November, ADELAIDE (University of Adelaide) on 24 November, and SYDNEY (University of Sydney) on Friday 25 November, 2005. Prof John will be giving lectures on photonic crystals during this tour. Lecture times and locations will be posted on ARCNN's website soon.

ECR/PG Symposium on Nanotechnology, 8 & 9 December, Brisbane

Following on from the success of the ARCNN Postgraduate Symposium held in Perth in July this year, a 2nd Symposium for both Early Career Researchers* (ECRs) and Postgraduate Students is being held on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th December. The Symposium will follow on from the BioNano: The Next Frontier Conference and at the same venue at the University of Queensland, Brisbane. The aim of this Symposium is to provide a forum where ECRs and Postgraduate Students working on nanotechnology research can present their work, meet other researchers and students, and interact with other research groups in Australia. Registration for this event is FREE. ECRs and Students are invited to submit an abstract NOW. More details. (* within 5 years of award of PhD degree).

International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

ARCNN will be holding a major Nanotechnology conference at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from 3 - 7 July 2006. Please note this date in your diary. The aim of the International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology is to bring together all of the Australian nanotechnology community. Parallel sessions will be included in the program. Further info will be posted on the ARCNN website soon.

Upcoming ARCNN Supported Events

  • Workshop on Positron Applications - from Atoms to Materials to Cells, Canberra, 9-11 November 2005,
  • 8th Japan-Australian Colloid and Interface Gakkai, Terrigal NSW, 27-30 November 2005. Please note that a session devoted to Nanoparticles is being held on Tuesday 29 November. Day registration is available for this session,
  • BioNano: The Next Frontier - 2005 Sir Mark Oliphant Conference, University of Queensland, Brisbane, 4-7 December. Don't miss the opportunity to meet world leaders working at the interface between bioengineering and nanotechnology to discuss current and future research and industrial developments in these areas. The organising committee has planned an outstanding program and delegate numbers will be strictly limited to 250, so it is important to register early. Registration and provisional program information at

Other Nano events being held in Australia in the coming months

ARCNN Admin Contacts

Network Administrator, Cindy Bradley is on leave until 21 November. Mr Jigar Gosai is filling in for Cindy during this time and can be contacted on 02 6125 2495. Helen McMartin (Network Manager) can be contacted on 02 6125 0693. Email Helen or Jigar on Fax 02 6125 3915.

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