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CMP awarded two LEIF grants

Sunday December 5 2010

The Australian Research Council recently announced the 2011 round of LEIF grants with Swinburne’s Centre for Micro-Photonics successfully receiving participation in two separate projects in the fields of super-resolution nanophotonic fabrication and fluorescence microscopy with optical tweezers

The Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) scheme fosters collaboration through its support of the cooperative use of national and international research facilities. The scheme provides funding for large-scale cooperative initiatives so that expensive infrastructure, equipment and facilities can be shared by researchers in partnered organisations. For the funding period beginning in 2011, the Centre of Micro-Photonics was awarded two LEIF grants in cooperation with several other Australian and international organizations. Details of the two grants are detailed below.

Project: Three-dimensional super-resolution nanophotonic fabrication facility

The nanophotonic fabrication facility, involving CMP staff members Prof Min Gu, A/Prof Xiaosong Gan, Prof Saulius Juodkazis, Dr Daniel Day and Dr Baohua Jia, is based on stimulated emission depletion microscopy method will be the first nanophotonic fabrication facility that is able to achieve optical resolution far beyond the diffraction limit and will facilitate breakthroughs in cutting-edge nanotechnology research areas. The facility is to be administered by Swinburne University of Technology and is partnered with researchers from Edith Cowan University, The Australian National University, The University of New South Wales, The University of Sydney, and the University of Wollongong.

Project: Fluorescence microscopy with optical tweezers: imaging cellular responses

The fluorescence microscopy with optical tweezers project, involving CMP staff member Prof Sarah M Russell aims to study the ability of our cells to receive and respond to both chemical and mechanical signals with pinpoint accuracy. Through the use of the optical tweezers and fluorescent microscopy technologies, the research team will be able to expose cells to both types of signals and measure the response at an unprecedented level of accuracy for the first time. The facility will be administered by The University of New South Wales and partnered by the Children's Cancer Institute Australia for Medical Research, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Kids Research Institute, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute Macquarie University, Swinburne University of Technology, The University of Sydney an the University of Western Sydney

Further information is available from the Australian Research council (ARC) LIEF webpage (http://www.arc.gov.au/ncgp/lief/lief_default.htm).