ARC Nanotechnology Network

ARCNN News. Edition 5, December 2005


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

Prof Sajeev John's recent ARCNN Distinguished Lecturer tour to Canberra, Adelaide and Sydney was well received. The Bio-Nano conference went well, and the ECR/PG Symposium on Nanotechnology held earlier this month at UQ provided younger researchers with the opportunity to present their research in a more relaxed forum. There were 40 attendees. The program included a lab tour of the ARC Centre for Functional Nanomaterials, and a BBQ dinner. Both of these aspects were enjoyed by all.

For those interested in the information presented by Dr Vince Castranova during his ARCNN Distinguished Lecturer tour in July this year, the USA National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has now issued a draft NOISH Current Intelligence Bulletin on Titanium Dioxide available at

Farewell to Helen McMartin (ARCNN Network Manager) who will be transferring to another ANU position from 9 January 2006. Thanks to Helen for her excellent efforts during the first year of the operation of the Network. A new Network Manager is expected to be appointed shortly.

Please remember to advise address and email changes so that the ARCNN member database is kept up to date. Your current details can be checked on your online profile at If you have not submitted an online profle, I would encourage you to do so as this provides a valuable resource for researchers seeking collaboration with people who have experience or expertise in a particular nanotechnology area. A search facility is provided on the Members Profiles webpage. Researchers looking to fill postdoc positions may also use the member database to locate students with research interests and experience in particular fields.

Best wishes to you all for the Festive and Holiday Season.

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

Overseas Travel Fellowships

Funding is now available for Postgraduate Students and Early Career Researchers to undertake research visits to collaborating overseas institutions. Five (5) Overseas Travel Fellowships valued at up to $5,000 each, will be offered every 6 months (closing dates in 2006 are 28 February and 31 August). Applications will be ranked and Fellowships awarded to the top 5 ranked applications. Full details, eligibility criteria, application guidelines and application form will be available mid next week at

International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

ICONN 2006 will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from 3 - 7 July 2006. The aim of the conference is to bring together the Australian and International community (students, scientists and engineers from academia, government laboratories, and industry) working in the field of nanoscale science and technology to discuss new and exciting advances in the field of nanoscale science and technology to discuss new and exciting advances in the field. Abstract Submission deadline is 28 February 2006. ICONN 2006 Website, ICONN 2006 Email

Distinguished Lecturer tour planned for February 2006

Professor Richard Kaner from the University of California will be visiting Australia from late Jan to mid Feb 2006. His research focus is novel synthetic routes to new materials including nanowires and nanofibres. Expressions of interest are sought from members for Prof Kaner to visit their institution during his tour. Please email your request to We will endeavour to accommodate requests within the constraints of the time available.

Upcoming ARCNN Supported Events

Other Nano events being held in Australia in the coming months

  • 30th Annual Condensed Matter and Materials Meeting, Wagga Wagga, 7-10 February 2006. Further info at National Symposium on Electromaterials Science - The Role and Impact of Nanostructure, Wollongong, 16-17 February 2006. Further info at
  • ARCNN Admin Contacts

    Helen McMartin (Network Manager) can be contacted on 02 6125 0693. Cindy Bradley (Network Administrator) can be contacted on 02 6125 2495. Email Helen or Cindy on Fax 02 6125 3915.

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