UOW becomes an Additional Node of NANO

Feb 23, 2005

The University of Wollongong and the NANO-Major National Research Facility (MNRF) announced today that the University has entered into an agreement to become an Additional Node of the NANO-MNRF from 1 March 2005.

NANO-MNRF (www.nano.org.au) operates as an unincorporated joint venture between The University of Sydney, The University of Queensland, The University of New South Wales, The University of Western Australia and The University of Melbourne. It receives funding from the Commonwealth and State Governments as well as industry.

NANO unites major Australian microscopy and microanalysis centres to form an integrated research facility that brings together outstanding equipment and research expertise. It provides the peak Australian facility for the characterisation of physical, chemical and biological materials from the macro to the micro and down to the nanoscale.

In becoming an Additional Node of the NANO-MNRF, the University of Wollongong has open access to NANO’s facilities and expertise which includes the state-of-the art in microscopy and microanalysis platforms.

"There are a number of very strong materials-based research groups at the University of Wollongong that will benefit significantly from this partnership”, said Professor Paul Munroe, Technical Director of NANO-MNRF. “It will give these researchers access to outstanding microscopy facilties."

Professor Geoff Spinks from the School of Mechanical, Materials and Mechatronic Engineering, said the University of Wollongong had an excellent reputation in materials research.

“The NANO-MNRF will provide unique new facilities to support our work in this area and in continued collaboration with industry, several Co-operative Research Centres and the Australian Research Council,” he said.

Further information:NANO-MNRF Business Development Manager, Dr Miles Apperley, at the University of Sydney on (02) 9351 2887 or Dr Troy Coyle at the University of Wollongong’s Research and Innovation Division on (02) 4221 4420.

For more information, contact:

University of Wollongong
Ph: (02) 4221 5942; fax (02) 4221 3128


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