Locally made Nanotechnology instrument for Australia
Friday 25 Oct 2013In recent issues of Friday Offcuts we have highlighted the opportunities opening with the revolutionary new technology, nano-crystalline cellulose. This week New Zealand Crown Research Institute GNS Science announced that they beat off competition from Europe and the United States to supply a nanotechnology fabrication machine to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) in Sydney.
Known as an ion implanter, it is being shipped to Sydney this week in a container. When installed at ANSTO’s facility at Lucas Heights on the outskirts of Sydney, it will be used to make advanced materials for use in hi-tech industries. ANSTO is the headquarters for Australia’s nuclear science expertise.
Potential applications for these ‘new’ materials include industries such as medicine, agriculture, manufacturing, energy production, and transport. Leader of GNS Science’s Ion Beam Technology Group, Andreas Markwitz, said this was the largest single project his group had undertaken in its 15-year history.
“There are probably fewer than 10 companies in the world that could build an ion implanter such as this from scratch," Dr Markwitz said. “This will open the door to other lucrative offshore work and we are already looking at the possibility of supplying a similar instrument to India.”
The ANSTO deal was particularly attractive because it allowed GNS Science to book time on the implanter in Sydney to further its research and development in nanotechnology.
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