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CMP Discovery Projects and an Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship

Monday November 8 2010

Congratulations to Centre for Micro-Photonics staff members Dr. James W. M. Chon, Assoc. Prof. Andew Clayton, Prof. Min Gu and Dr. Xiangping Li who have been awarded Australian Research Council Discovery Projects for their proposed work in nanotechnology, cell biology and optical physics. The three awarded projects along with the awarding of an Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship to Dr. Xiangping Li will enable the centre to boost it's research over the next three years into areas on national and international interest.

Each year, the Australian Research Council (ARC) awards funding in the form of Discovery Projects (DPs) to individual researchers or research teams in order to expand Australia's knowledge base and research capability, particularly in fields of high national interest. For the funding period commencing in 2011, the Centre for Micro-Photonics (CMP) staff members Dr. James W. M. Chon, Assoc. Prof. Andrew Clayton, Prof. Min Gu and Dr. Xiangping Li were awarded three DPs for their research in nano-, bio- and green-photonics.

Dr. Chon, in collaboration with Prof. Michel Orrit from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands was awarded a DP for their project entitled "Geometry variation and coupling of single gold nanorods for highly efficient, one-photon and two-photon luminescent markers". Over three years, Dr. Chon and his team will investigate the behaviour and control of gold nanorod luminescence for use in biological marking where efficiency, toxicity and stability are important factors.

Assoc. Prof. Clayton, in collaboration with Assoc. Prof. Michelle Gee from the University of Melbourne was awarded a DP for their project entitled "Imaging the action of antimicrobial peptides in living cells". Over three years, Assoc. Prof. Clayton and hs team will investigate how cells are invaded and killed by antimicrobial peptides in order to gain valuable information on cell death that may lead to antibacterial advancments.

Prof. Min Gu and Dr. Xiangping Li in collaboration with Prof. Tony Wilson from the University of Oxford were awarded a DP for their project entitled "Nanoparticle-enabled photorefractive digital holography: toward the next generation ultrafast and multi-colour three dimensional display technology". The DP also included the awarding of an Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship (APD) to Dr. Li to assist in his early carear development. Together over three years the team will investigate how nanoparticle-enabled photorefractive polymers can be an innovative material in ultrafast and multi-colour digital holographic three dimensional display technologies providing benefit to entertainment, remote education, medical diognostics and photovoltaics.

Congratulations to all all those involved in the DPs, and to Dr. Xiangping Li for his Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship. For further information regarding the ARCs funding rules and awards, please goto the Discovery Projects webpage (http://www.arc.gov.au/ncgp/dp/dp_default.htm). For full information regarding the DPs mentioned above along with all those awarded throughout Australia, please go to the Funding Outcomes webpage (http://www.arc.gov.au/ncgp/dp/dp_outcomes.htm).