ARC Nanotechnology Network

ARCNN News. Edition 9, June 2006


Dear Members, welcome to the ninth edition of the ARCNN News.

We would like to thank you and congratulate you for making ICONN 2006 such a great success. My special thanks are due to Symposia Chairs and Co-Chairs, Panelists, Session Chairs, Plenary and Invited Speakers, Sponsors, Exhibitors, Organising Committee Members, Reviewers etc.

We had 442 participants from 21 countries with 138 PhD students and 69 Early Career Researchers. Plenary and invited talks were excellent and short courses were highly informative and educational with excellent participation from the community (100-160 participants). Exhibition booths were sold out. From all aspects, the Conference was a grand success. Sessions were very well attended even on Friday morning. Panel discussions were lively and well attended. Students and Early Career Researchers were pleased to receive Poster Awards and Overseas Travel Fellowship Awards. The ICONN Group photo and other photos taken during the conference can be viewed on and respectively.

We are in the process of reviewing manuscripts and we hope to be able to send Proceedings CDs in Oct/Nov. period to all participants.

Congratulations to the following poster prize winners:

  • Ms. Kym Watling from the School of Science, Griffith University for her poster titled "Dendritic Gold Substrates for Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy".
  • Ms Ann Gooding from the School of Chemistry, University of Melbourne for her poster titled "Charge Injection into 2D Semiconductor Nanocrystal Arrays".
  • Dr Mohamed Makha from the School of Biomedical, Biomolecular and chemical Sciences,University of Western Australia for his poster titled "Self assembled functional nanomaterials: from ionic capsules to nanoporous molecular framework".
  • Dr Andrew Minett from the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute University of Wollongong, for his poster titled "Decoration of carbon nanotubes with biological entities for electronic device applications".
  • Mr Ian McKerracher from the Electronics Materials Engineering, Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering, Australian National University for his poster titled "Thermal Annealing Study On InGaAs/GaAs Quantum Dot Infrared Photodetectors"
  • Mr Kristopher Kilian from the School of Chemistry, University of New South Wales for his poster titled "Optimization of Porous Silicon Surface Chemistry towards Biophotonic Sensors".

If you want to view these winning posters they can now be accessed on Preparations for ICONN 2008 are already underway and we intend to introduce Best oral paper awards also at the next conference.

The Distinguished Lecturer tours by Professor Michael Pepper to Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne: Professor Henry Smith to Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra and Professor Heinrich Hofmann to Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide, were very well received. For those interested in getting a free copy of their talks on CD please send an email to Liz or Ilonka at

Congratulations also go to the Winners of the Young Nanotechnology Ambassador Awards who will receive up to $2000 each to visit schools in their state to inspire students about nanotechnology, and more broadly science education.

  • Ms Neerushana Jehanathan from the University of Western Australia
  • Ms Kelly Bailey from CSIRO in South Australia
  • Ms Amanda Aloia also from CSIRO in South Australia

C Jagadish, Convenor

Update profiles, address changes etc

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 profile, we 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.

Overseas Travel Fellowships

The deadline for the Overseas Travel Fellowships is due on the 31st of August 2006. Five (5) Overseas Travel Fellowships valued at up to $5,000 each are offered every 6 months (closing dates are end of Feb and August each year). Also offered for attending International Summer Schools (not conferences) of minimum one (1) week duration, or longer. Applications are ranked and Fellowships awarded to the top 5 ranked applications. More details can be found at

Nanotechnology Facilities Database

ARCNN is in the process of adding a Nanotechnology Research Facilities database onto our site. The aim of this database is to be a first access site to all the Nano and Infrastructure facilities and capabilities available to nano researchers. All group leaders who are interested in adding their facilities onto the ARCNN site will be asked to add facilities/equipment/Infrastructure. We shall be emailing a request to all Group leaders when this facility goes live on our web. NCRIS facilitators have been using Network web page to get information about activities in various institutions in the country.

ARCNN Special Lecture

Mike Treder, Executive director of the Centre for Responsible Nanotechnology (CRN), ( will be visiting the Australian National University and will be giving a talk on Wednesday the 20th of September at the Leonard Huxley Lecture Theatre, Mills Road, at 11.00am. This Lecture has been jointly organized with CAPPE.

Mike Treder is a professional writer, speaker, and policy advocate with a background in technology and communications company management. In 2002, he co-founded CRN, a non-profit research and advocacy organization that promotes public awareness and education, and works for the crafting of effective policy to maximize benefits and reduce dangers. In addition to his work with CRN, Mike is a consultant to the Millennium Project of the American Council for the United Nations University, serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Lifeboat Foundation, is a Research Fellow with the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, is on the Nanotech Briefs Editorial Advisory Board, is a consultant to the Future Technologies Advisory Group, and is a member of the World Future Society.

Mike has published many articles and papers, and has been interviewed numerous times by the media. As an accomplished presenter on the societal implications of emerging technologies, he has addressed conferences and groups in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Spain, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Brazil.

IEEE Nanotechnology Council Awards-Call for Nominations

The IEEE Nanotechnology Council is calling for nominations for 3 awards to be presented at IEEE NANO 2007 in Hong Kong. All nomination material including reference letters should reach the NTC awards committee by October 15 2006. Call for Nominations, Nomination Form and Awards Committee Roster can be found online at the ARCNN web page Please send nominations(electronic and one hard copy) with supporting material to Prof Chennupati Jagadish, IEEE NTC Awards Committee, Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Email:

Journal Special Issues

International Journal of Nanotechnology: Special Issue on Nanotechnology in Australia - International Journal of Nanotechnology is planning to bring out a special issue on Nanotechnology in Australia. Guest editors for this Special Issue are C. Jagadish, Anita Hill (CSIRO) and Peter Majewski (UniSA). Special issue will feature invited papers as well as contributed papers and the deadline for submission of manuscripts is August 31 2006. All manuscripts will be refereed as per Journal guidelines. Please submit your manuscripts using the Journal, Template (available at ARCNN web page under LINKS-OTHER) to our Network Administrator, Ilonka at: ICONN Cutting Edge Research in Nanomaterials and BioNanoChem for publishing in the Australian Journal of Chemistry-Some of the best research presented at ICONN will be published in two separate issues of AJC as Research Fronts to be Guest Edited by Paul Mulvaney (Nanomaterials) and Frank Caruso (BioNanoChem). A Research Front is a cluster of papers in a rapidly developing or topical area (the March issue of AJC contains a Research Front on Light-Driven Molecular Machines - see - ) The Research Front acts as a forum that allows readers to get an overview as well as a snapshot of current research directions, and allows authors to publish alongside their international peers and/or competitors. If you have a paper you'd like to be considered, please contact Paul Mulvaney or Frank Caruso at the conference, or Alison Green at

New Journals in Nanotechnology

Micro and Nano Letters - The Institution of Engineering and Technology's first issue of Micro & Nano Letters is now freely available on the IET Digital Library. To celebrate the launch of the journal, all content published this year can be downloaded free of charge until the end of 2006. Any letters published this year will obtain maximum exposure in the micro and nanotech communities, since they will benefit from being marketed extensively and made freely available for download. Please use our online submission site to submit your letter.

Journal of Nanomaterials - The overall aim of JNM is to bring science and applications together on nanoscale and nanostructured materials with emphasis on synthesis, processing, characterization, and applications of materials containing true nanosize dimensions or nanostructures that enable novel/enhanced properties or functions. It is directed at both academic researchers and practicing engineers. JNM will highlight the continued growth and new challenges in nanomaterials science, engineering, and nanotechnology, both for application development and for basic research. All papers should emphasize original results relating to experimental, theoretical, computational, and/or applications of nanomaterials ranging from hard (inorganic) materials, through soft (polymeric and biological) materials, to hybrid materials or nanocomposites.

For complete information about JNM, please visit the journal's website at

Upcoming ARCNN Supported Events

  • Ethics and Regulation in Nanotechnology Workshops on the 23rd August- University of Wollongong, and 30th August - Monash University Further details can be found at
  • SPIE Smart Materials, Nano-and Micro-Smart Systems - Adelaide 10/12/2006 - 13/12/2006 Further info at
  • COMMAD 2006: Conference on Optoelectronic and Microelectronic Materials and Devices in Perth - 6-8 Dec. 2006. Further info:
  • Other Overseas Nano events

  • The Third International Conference on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (AMN-3) will be held in Wellington, New Zealand during 11-16 Feb. 2007. Conference will cover all aspects of advanced materials and nanotechnology. Plenary Speakers include Prof. Sir John Pendry and Nobel Laureates Prof. Stephen Chu and Prof. Sir Harry Kroto. The deadline for abstract submission is 31 August 2006. Further information about the conference can be found at
  • The International Council on Nanotechnology is holding a workshop in Tokyo, Japan on the 30th November and 1st of December 2006 to report on ICON Projects in Environment, Health and Safety aspects of Nanotechnology namely Knowledge Base, NanoEHS Current Practices Survey (University of California Santa Barbara), NanoEHS Research Needs Assesment Proposal and Communications. Further information can be found at
  • 3rd International Workshop on Nanophysics and Nanotechnology (3rd IWONN) organised jointly with the1st International Workshop on Functional Materials (1st IWOFM) will be held at Halong-Vietnam on the 3rd to the 9th of December 2006. Further details can be found at
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