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Nanotechnology in Australia Showcase of Early Career Research

Edited By Deborah M. Kane, Adam Micolich, James Rabeau Copyright 2011
    350 Pages 81 Color & 88 B/W Illustrations
    by Jenny Stanford Publishing

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    This book reports current nanotechnology research from Australia, in addition to being the first trial of a new workshop program for the professional development of early career researchers (ECRs, including research students). It showcases the professional talents and high-quality writing of ECRs and also describes the workshop program, organized under the auspices of the Australian Research Council Nanotechnology Network, designed to facilitate this.

    The nanotechnology research topics include plasmonics, the building blocks of plasmonic circuits; the use of metal nanoparticles to improve infrared light trapping in solar cell applications; methods for the bulk synthesis of graphene; synthesis of nanorods of vanadium compounds for energy storage; nanodiamonds, superparamagnetic nanoparticles and synthesis of hollow nanostructured silica, along with a discussion of their applications; molecular dynamics modelling of self-cleaning coatings; metal nanostructure-enhanced fluorescence and its biological applications; luminescent nano-bioprobes for bioassays and bioimaging; biomimicry leading to olfactory nano-biosensors; and superparamagnetic nanoparticles as MRI contrast agents.

    Plasmonic Circuits: Manipulating Light on the Nanoscale Kristy Cherie Vernon
    Nanoplasmonics for Light Trapping in Solar Cells F. J. Beck, S. Mokkapati, and K. R. Catchpole
    Theoretical Nanoscale Design of Self-Cleaning Coatings George Yiapanis, David J. Henry, Evan Evans, and Irene Yarovsky
    Nitrogen-Vacancy Colour Centres in Diamond: Theory, Characterisation, and Applications C. Bradac, T. Gaebel, J. R. Rabeau, and A. S. Barnard
    Nanorods of Vanadium Compounds: Synthesis, Characterisation, and Application in Electrochemical Energy Storage Alexey M. Glushenkov, Mohd Faiz Hassan, Denisa Hulicova- Jurcakova, and Ying Chen
    Fabrication of Metal Nanoparticles by Laser Ablation Mushtaq A. Sobhan, Martin Ams, Michael J. Withford, and Ewa M. Goldys
    Synthesis and Application of Hollow Nanostructured Silica Jian Liu, Shi Zhang Qiao, and Gao Qing (Max) Lu
    Chemical Synthesis of Graphene: From Single Layers to Several Grams M. Choucair and J. A. Stride
    Diagnosing Diseases with Rust: Magnetic Nanoparticles for Biomedical Imaging M. R. J. Carroll, R. C. Woodward, M. J. House, T. G. St. Pierre, P. P. Huffstetler, W. C. Miles, R. M. Davis, and J. S. Riffle
    Long-Lifetime Luminescent Nanobioprobes for Advanced Cytometry Biosensing Dayong Jin, Jingli Yuan, and James PiperChapter
    Metal Nanostructure-Enhanced Fluorescence and Its Biological Applications Wei Deng, Dayong Jin, and Ewa M. Goldys
    Making Sense of It All: A Review of Olfactory Biosensing Kelly Bailey


    Deborah Kane holds a personal chair in physics at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. She has more than 25 years’ research experience in atomic physics, lasers, optics, and photonics. Her current interests are nonlinear laser systems, especially integrated photonic sources, chaos data analysis, and micro- and nanophotonics in nature. She has more than 80 refereed research publications to her credit.

    Adam Micolich is an ARC Future Fellow and Associate Professor in the School of Physics at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. His main research interests are in nanoelectronics and low-dimensional electron systems, but he has also worked on organic electronics. He has over 95 refereed research publications in areas ranging from physics and chemistry to energy engineering and education research.

    James Rabeau is Associate Professor, ARC Fellow, and head of the Diamond Nanoscience group in the Department of Physics, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. He completed his undergraduate degree in Canada and his PhD in the UK. His chief area of interest is diamond, from fabrication and processing to applications in quantum technologies and biological science.

    "I am highly delighted by the book. Written by excellent research teams of highly renowned research institutes and university schools, the chapters give a broad overview on very actual and hot research topics, including experimental parts that clearly describe the use of state-of-the-art and cutting-edge characterization tools and methods at the nanoscale. This is of great interest for experienced and young professionals and late stage students in that area. In most cases, the chapters also provide information about possible future applications of the described nanomaterials, which is of great general interest. Overall, I think it is an excellent book that highlights the latest research in nanotechnology."
    — Prof. Peter Majewski, University of South Australia, Australia