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Strategic Alliance Announced - Future Materials and the Australian Nanotechnology Alliance

Posted on Monday, 23rd June, 2008 at 4:32pm

Future Materials

Brisbane, 24 June 2008: Future Materials and The Australian Nanotechnology Alliance (ANA), two leading Australian material science bodies have announced a strategic alliance in order to deliver collaborative activities aimed at bringing together university and public research organisations with industry on a national playing field.

Chairman of Future Materials, Mr Angus M Robinson (currently Director, Ai Group/AEEMA Consolidation), said "both organisations share the vision that advances in materials technology can bring about solutions to industrial problems, including solutions for advanced manufacturing, as well as solutions to many of the crucial environmental problems facing mankind."

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XeroCoat Enters Solar Energy Market

Posted on Wednesday, 11th June, 2008 at 7:03pm

High tech start up company XeroCoat has announced its entry into the solar energy market.

This pioneering company commenced by University of Queensland researchers, Dr Michael Harvey and Associate Professor Paul Meredith, now headquartered in Redwood City California, with its R&D base in Brisbane, has taken its innovative coating technology and is targeting the solar thermal and solar photovoltaic markets.

Targeting the solar thermal and solar photovoltaic markets, XeroCoat's innovative coating technology can significantly increase conversion efficiency and consequently power output of these systems with very little change to the cell or module manufacturing process.

Through its innovative technologies which delivers greater solar energy affordability by decreasing manufacturing costs for solar module makers and increasing energy returns for solar system owners.

Tom Hood, President and Chief Executive Officer of XeroCoat said "with its strong Australian links, XeroCoat is very committed to continuous technology innovation and partnering with our customers to make solar energy a sustainable and affordable energy alternative now and into the future". For more information visit

ANA Congratulates Professor Max Lu on Federation Fellowship

Posted on Thursday, 22nd May, 2008 at 8:23pm

The Australian Nanotechnology Alliance (ANA) congratulates Professor Max Lu, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence of Functional Nanomaterials, on successfully attaining his second Federation Fellowship, as announced by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd MP on April 22.

ANA President, Mr Steven Healy said "Professor Lu, a foundation board member of the ANA, is most deserving of this honour. Max is a tireless in his leadership of the ARCCFN and his own research in the environmental and energy portfolios will bring about significant environmental benefits for our planet".

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Central Queensland's Invited to Learn About Nanotechnology

Posted on Wednesday, 14th May, 2008 at 6:13pm

With 50% of consumer products expected to include nanotechnology by 2013, the Australian Nanotechnology Alliance (ANA) in conjunction with QUT are holding a nanotechnology forum for Central Queensland industry that showcases the broad range of applications which incorporates nanotechnology materials and applications.

ANA Director Ms Carla Gerbo said "the Central Queensland forum has been designed to examine issues that impact not just large companies, but provides opportunities for business regardless of size. The overall theme for Central Queensland is clean energy and as such we devised a program of speakers with specific relevance to this topic".

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Media Release - Consumer Demand for Nanotechnology Goods on the Rise

Posted on Tuesday, 12th June, 2007 at 8:42pm

Australian Nanotechnology Alliance

As the number of consumer products incorporating nanotechnology approaches 500, scientists predict that by 2013 half of all new consumer products developed will contain nanotechnology, and with the value of goods incorporating nano expected to reach $2.6 trillion by 2015, these very small particles which measure one-billionth of a metre, are becoming a part of our everyday life.

Carla Gerbo, Director of the Australian Nanotechnology Alliance (ANA) said, "In Australia many consumers are aware of nano's use in consumer products such as UV sunscreens incorporating zinc oxide nanoparticles, or nano particles that clothing companies such as King Gee use in some of their clothing range which makes them water and stain repellent. These items have readily been accepted by Australian consumers, yet they represent just the tip of a range of products now available".

Big names in house-hold products have been quick to adopt nanotechnology and produce domestic appliances such as fridges (Samsung, LG, Daewoo), washing machines (Samsung), mobile phone casings (LG), door handles (Nano Care Technology) and vacuum cleaners (LG), infused with silver nanoparticles. Silver, with its anti-bacterial properties, is the most popular of the nanoparticles incorporated into 20% of products."

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Australian Nanotechnology Alliance - Supporting a New Era in Traditional Industries

Posted on Thursday, 26th April, 2007 at 9:22pm

Australian Nanotechnology Alliance

The Australian Nanotechnology Alliance (ANA), the industry led-research supported membership alliance, has appointed a new executive team to drive its commitment to facilitating closer linkages between research and innovation providers.

Heading the ANA is President, Mr. Steven Healy, Alcan Bauxite and Alumina's International R&D Director, who, along with his fellow Directors are committed to the facilitation and collaboration among industries and research provides for enhanced productivity, performance and growth of existing technologies; and to create new emerging technologies, markets and employment in Australia.

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Invitation to Japan Nano Tech 2007

Posted on Tuesday, 5th December, 2006 at 2:36am

Nano Tech 2007

Australian companies and research institutes seeking to partner, collaborate and export their technology into the dynamic international micro and nanotechnology market are invited to participate in an Australian delegation to nano tech Japan 2007.

This year, Australian micro and nano capabilities will be showcased by an Australian Pavilion under the Brand Australia banner, supported by the Australian Nano Business Forum, Invest Australia and Austrade. With compelling cost advantages, process efficiencies, and high added value, companies are increasingly integrating nanotechnology solutions into hundreds of billions of dollars worth of products worldwide. It is vital Australian companies involved in product development, manufacturing and commerce become involved. nano tech Japan is the world's largest nanotechnology exhibition and conference attracting over 40,000 international delegates and 800 exhibitors and the best place to explore commercial opportunities in the international nano-enabled product market.

pdfFor More information, see the invitation document.