Deep-penetrating photodynamic therapy

4 January 2017: CNBP researchers (Liuen Liang pictured), report on the deployment of upconversion nanoparticles to enhance the treatment depth of the fluorescent protein KillerRed in photodynamic therapy. The work was published in the journal ‘Acta Biomaterialia’ and is accessible online. Journal: Acta Biomaterialia. Title: Deep-penetrating photodynamic therapy with KillerRed mediated by upconversion nanoparticles. Authors: Liuen […]

Science ‘Experience Day’ at RMIT

18 January 2017: Researchers at CNBP’s RMIT University node were busy doing light-based demonstrations on Wednesday Jan 18th, as part of the ‘RMIT University Experience Day’ program, whereby students from years 10, 11 and 12 get to engage in hands-on workshops and explore life on campus while experiencing the differing aspects of University discipline areas. […]

New ‘smart needle’ to make brain surgery safer

20 January 2017: A new high-tech medical device to make brain surgery safer has been developed by researchers at the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics located at the University of Adelaide. Led by CNBP Investigator Professor Robert McLaughlin (pictured), the tiny imaging probe, encased within a brain biopsy needle, lets surgeons ‘see’ at-risk blood vessels as they insert […]

Grant success

30 January 2017: CNBP researchers at Macquarie University – Research Fellow Lindsay Parker (pictured left) and A/Prof Andrei Zvyagin have been successful as Chief Investigators on a $100,000 Macquarie University Research Infrastructure Block Grant. The grant will support a research assistant (Anna Guller, CNBP PhD candidate) to help build capacity in and use Macquarie University’s […]

New Masters student

31 January 2017: We welcome new Masters student Weikun Huang (pictured left) to the CNBP team at the University of Adelaide. Weikun’s project aims to design and construct multiplexing microstructured optical fibre to quantify the concentration of metal ions (K+, Ca2+) and glucose. This paving the way for the monitoring of dynamic changes in extracellular […]

Research findings and the media

31 January 2017: “Now, more than ever, in a world filled with ‘fake news’, it’s up to researchers to work hard to have accurate messages publicised,” says CNBP researcher Dr Hannah Brown in an article published  in The Conversation. Read more on how scientists and the media can work together to effectively bring science to the public.  

Gold-loaded liposomes with photosensitizers for PDT

2 February 2017: A new publication from CNBP researchers Wei Deng (pictured), Sandhya Clement and Ewa Goldys indicates that gold-loaded liposomes incorporating photosensitizers may serve as improved agents in photodynamic therapy and chemotherapy. The work has just been reported in the International Journal of Nanomedicine and is accessible online. Journal: International Journal of Nanomedicine. Title: […]

Hyperspectral unmixing methodology validated

10 February 2017: A new publication from CNBP researchers Aziz Ul Rehman (pictured), Ayad Anwer, Martin Gosnell, Saabah Mahbub, Guozhen Liu and Ewa Goldys demonstrates the validation of an innovative hyperspectral unmixing methodology, that can derive chemical information from cell colour. The work has just been reported in the journal ‘Biomedical Optics Express’ and is accessible online. […]

New nanoparticle discovery to aid super-resolution imaging

23 February 2017: Our researchers and collaborators have made a breakthrough in the development of practical super-resolution optical microscopy that will pave the way for the detailed study of live cells and organisms, on a scale 10 times smaller than can currently be achieved  with conventional microscopy. Reported in Nature, it was demonstrated that bright luminescent nanoparticles can […]

New PhD student Yuan Liu

2 March 2017: The Macquarie University node of CNBP welcomes a new PhD student to the team – Yuan Liu. Yuan will study under the supervision of Center Deputy Director Prof. Ewa Goldys and Centre Research Fellow A/Prof. Guozhen Liu. Her project will explore the construction of a novel biosensing platform for quantitatively detecting exosomes which […]

CNBP AI wins 40under40 awards

8 March 2017: CNBP Associate Investigator A/Prof Kevin Pfleger, from the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, has won the Intrapreneur category, as well as receiving the coveted City of Perth Strategic Alliance Award at the Business News 40under40 Awards in Perth on Wednesday 8th March. “I’m passionate about helping my fellow scientists by facilitating […]

Generating whispering gallery mode spectra

9 March 2017: A new publication from CNBP researchers (lead author Jonathan Hall pictured) presents a new model for generating whispering gallery mode spectra for multilayer microspheres. The work has just been reported in the journal ‘Optics Express’ and is accessible online. Journal: Optics Express. Title: Unified theory of whispering gallery multilayer microspheres with single dipole or […]

New PhD student Kathryn Palasis

14 March 2017: CNBP is happy to announce its newest PhD student Kathryn Palasis who is located at the University of Adelaide. Kathryn who was was recently selected as the 2017 recipient of the Cedric Stanton Hicks Research Scholarship, will be working on switchable molecules and their applications in medicinal chemistry – with a particular […]

New PhD candidate Patrick Capon

21 March 2017: CNBP welcomes its latest PhD candidate Patrick Capon who is working on fluorophore-nanodiamond hybrid sensors at the University of Adelaide. Patrick has previously gained a BSc Degree (advanced – double chemistry major) from Adelaide University which was subsequently followed by a Master of Philosophy (chemistry) also at Adelaide University – his thesis entitled, “Incorporation […]

Gold nanoparticles for bioimaging

22 March 2017: A new publication from CNBP researchers (lead author Sandhya Clement pictured) reports on a more effective and less harmful gold-based nano-agent for bioimaging and photodynamic therapy treatment for deep tissue tumors. The work has just been reported in the journal ‘Microchimica Acta ’ and is accessible online. Journal: Microchimica Acta. Title: Verteprofin […]

VC PhD scholarship awarded

23 March 2017: Emma Wilson from the RMIT University node of the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics has recently had her scholarship upgraded to a Vice-Chancellor’s PhD Scholarship which is the most prestigious scholarship available at RMIT. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence and research potential. Emma will be studying how the […]

CNBP talks to the pollies at SmP

24 March 2017: A chance to talk science with Australian politicians and policy influencers was an opportunity seized by CNBP with Centre Investigator Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem and Centre Research Fellow Dr Andrew Care both in attendance at the annual ‘Science meets Parliament’ (SmP) event, Canberra, 21-22 March, 2017. Established by Science and Technology Australia, SmP provides 200 […]

CNBP engages with Shanxi Province

26 March 2017: CNBP Director Prof Mark Hutchinson has showcased CNBP science to the Vice Governor of Shanxi Province together with his Heads of Departments (Agriculture, Science and Technology and Foreign Affairs) who were visiting the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Government on March 26th, 2017. The visit, a result of the University of […]

Nanoscale sensor to spot disease

28 March 2017: A new nanoscale sensor has been developed that can help detect cytokines – molecules that play a critical role in cellular response to infection, inflammation, trauma and disease. Reported in the science journal ‘Nanoscale’, the sensor consists of a modified graphene quantum dot (or GQD) which has been designed by researchers at […]

New PhD candidate Yuan Qi Yeoh

30 March 2017: CNBP welcomes its latest PhD candidate Yuan Qi Yeoh who is working on controlling the structure and activity of an antimicrobial peptide using an azobenzene photoswitch. Supervised by CNBP Chief Investigator Prof Andrew Abell at the University of Adelaide, Yuan Qi will design and synthesise peptides that mimic Gramicidin S, incorporating azobenzene to turn […]

Enhanced microscopy

5 April 2017: Dr Antony Orth, CNBP Research Fellow has attended the ‘OSA Biophotonics Congress: Biomedical Optics’ in San Diego, 2-5 April 2017. During the event he undertook two presentations: ‘Towards Dictionary-Enhanced Microscopy’ and ‘Bleaching-Assisted Multichannel Microscopy’. Congress details are available online.

Social media for research engagement

21 April 2017: CNBP’s Dr Hannah Brown (pictured), together with Prof Ben Mol, the University of Adelaide and Melinda Cruz, CEO and Founder of Miracle Babies Foundation, believe that social media interaction and scientific activity should go hand-in-hand. They argue that increased social engagement by scientists with collaborators, the media, governing and funding bodies, government […]

Light-triggerable liposomes

21 April 2017: A new paper from CNBP researchers (lead author Wenjie Chen pictured) reports on the design of a new light-triggerable liposome. The work has just been published in the journal ‘Molecular Therapy: Nucleic Acid’ and is accessible online. Journal: Molecular Therapy: Nucleic Acid. Title: Light-triggerable liposomes for enhanced endo/lysosomal escape and gene silencing in PC12 cells. […]

Maximizing particle concentration

28 April 2017: A new paper from CNBP researchers reports on an improvement to deterministic lateral displacement arrays, which allows for higher particle concentration enhancement. The work has just been published in the journal ‘Biomicrofluidics’ and is accessible online. Journal: Biomicrofluidics. Title: Maximizing particle concentration in deterministic lateral displacement arrays. Authors: Shilun Feng, Alison M. Skelley, Ayad G. […]

China visit by Centre researcher

16 May 2017: On a recent trip to China, CNBP Research Fellow A/Prof Guozhen Liu undertook a number of visits and talks, discussing her advanced sensing, nano-particle and bio-imaging work. This included: 5 May-8 May: Attendance at the International Congress on Analytical Sciences 2017 (ICAS2017) at Kaikou, China. Here Guozhen gave an oral presentation with […]

Ambassador visits CNBP laboratories

24 May 2017: Prof Mark Hutchinson has hosted a visit to the University of Adelaide and CNBP Headquarters of His Excellency Mr Pedro Zwahlen, Ambassador of Switzerland to Australia. The visit from the Ambassador was a part of a four day trip to Adelaide which included visits to the Tonsley Innovation Precinct, the South Australian […]

Director at SASMA Conference

28 May 2017: CNBP Director Prof. Mark Hutchinson has given the ‘Henry Kneebone Keynote Presentation’ at this year’s South Australian Sports Medicine Association conference. The event took place at the Adelaide Oval, Sunday 28 May 2017 with Prof. Hutchinson’s talk titled, “The toll of knowing you are sick: Implications for pain and how we treat it.” […]

CNBP participates in LEA outreach event

7 June 2017: With a focus on STEM learning and the need for innovative outreach approaches, Learning Environments Australia (SA chapter) have coordinated a forum at the University of Adelaide, 7 June 2017, which saw significant support from the CNBP. Prof Mark Hutchinson (CNBP Director), Tony Crawshaw (CNBP Communications and Outreach Coordinator) and Dr Sabrina Heng (CNBP […]

Outreach fun linked to science

10 June 2017: Dr Martin Ploschner, CNBP Researcher, has taken his outreach skills to the Czech and Slovak School, Sydney where he performed several hands-on science shows for approximately 100 students, all aged 10 and under. The show connected fun light-based activities with CNBP science and included the creation of gigantic fluorescent bubbles as well […]

Women’s research excellence award

13 June 2017: Congratulations to Dr Jiawen Li, CNBP researcher at the University of Adelaide, who recently won a Women’s Research Excellence award. Jiawen’s work is focused on the development of highly novel dual-modality ultrasound/optical coherence tomography imaging probes for diagnosis of disease and for use in surgical applications. She will be using the award […]

School science conference impresses

15 June 2017: Dr Nima Sayyadi, CNBP researcher, has undertaken guest judging duties at the 2017 Sydney Girls High School Science Conference. Each year students at Sydney Girls High School complete a research project as part of the NSW Science Curriculum. This project provides Year 9 students with an opportunity to design and perform an investigation into […]

Sensors for calcium ion

15 June 2017: Researchers from CNBP (lead author Dr Sabrina Heng pictured), have just had a paper published, reporting on three new spiropyran-based reversible sensors for calcium ion. Journal: Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical. Publication title: Photoswitchable calcium sensor: ‘On’–‘Off’ sensing in cells or with microstructured optical fibers. Authors: Sabrina Heng, Adrian M. Mak, Roman Kostecki, […]

New PhD candidate Fuyuan Zhang

27 June 2017: CNBP welcomes its latest PhD candidate Fuyuan Zhang who will study under the supervision of Center ARC Future Fellow A/Prof. Guozhen Liu at Macquarie University. Fuyuan’s project is to develop assays to detect plant microRNA, diagnostic markers for response to pathogen or virus infection in plants, and subsequently to integrate these assays to […]

Nanotechnology meets bioengineering

29 June 2017: The Fudan-UH-MQ Workshop on ‘Nanotechnology meets Bioengineering’ was well supported by CNBP researchers at Macquarie University,  Wed 28th June – Thu 29th June. A joint workshop, organised within the framework of University wide trilateral collaboration between Fudan, Hamburg and Macquarie, the event aimed to enhance collaborations between all three universities as well […]

Enhancement of the NV quantum yield

3 July 2017: Researchers from CNBP’s RMIT University node (lead author CNBP PhD student Marco Capelli pictured), have had a paper published in the journal ‘Nanoscale’. The researchers report an enhancement of the nitrogen-vacancy (NV) quantum yield by up to 7% in bulk diamond caused by an external magnetic field. The paper is accessible online. Journal: Nanoscale. […]

Superstars of STEM

3 July 2017: Congratulations to CNBP’s Dr Hannah Brown and Dr Sanam Mustafa, both from the University of Adelaide and both selected to participate in the inaugural 2017 Superstars of STEM program. The program, implemented by ‘Science and Technology Australia’, supports 30 women employed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to become highly visible public role models. […]

Want a better camera? Just copy bees!

4 July 2017: Check out the latest buzz about bees and their extra light-sensing eyes! CNBP CI Prof Andy Greentree is coauthor on a new paper in PNAS, which identifies how the eyes and brains of honeybees work together, to process colour information. “If we can design technology to mimic the way bees do this, we’ll […]

CNBP researcher at ICMAT and in China

5 July 2017: CNBP Researcher, Dr Yu, from the University of Adelaide, presented recent findings on “Gating Electron Transfer in Peptides Towards Molecular Switches” at the International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies, commonly known as ICMAT 2017, held in Singapore, 18-24 June. It attracted more than 2,500 delegates from all over the world. Following […]

Welcome to a new CNBP researcher

27 July 2017: CNBP welcomes its newest researcher to the team, Shi Xian (Edward) Moh who is based at Macquarie University. Edward has previously been a part of Prof Nicki Packer’s glycomics group, successfully undertaking both his Honours and PhD study under her supervision. His study included detailed analysis of glycans, glycopeptides and glycoproteins and […]

Immobilization of enzymes onto solid supports

4 August 2017: The study on “Solid-binding peptides for immobilization of thermostable enzymes to hydrolyze biomass polysaccharides” by CNBP Researcher Dr Andrew  Care and led by CNBP Associate Investigator  A/Prof Anwar Sunna has been featured on Renewable Energy Global Innovations as a key scientific paper. The work was originally published in the scientific journal Biotechnology for […]

CNBP at ‘Science meets Policymakers’

8 August 2017: CNBP was well represented at the STA ‘Science meets Policymakers’ event held in Canberra, August 8, 2017. Researchers A/Prof Guozhen Liu, Dr Alf Garcia-Bennett, Dr Sanam Mustafa and Dr Hannah Brown all attended and heard a number of talks on topics ranging from ‘A Whole Government approach to Science Policy’, to ‘A […]

Cambridge visit furthers research

10 August 2017: After successfully receiving an ANN Overseas Travel Fellowship, CNBP researcher Dr Peipei Jia has arrived back at the University of Adelaide after a two month visit to the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) in Cambridge, UK. While there, Peipei had the opportunity to test both techniques and potential application for his work […]

CNBP attracts the crowds at RMIT Open Day

13 August 2017: Over 400 interested members of the public, including prospective students,  dropped by the CNBP laboratories as a part of RMIT University’s annual Open Day event, Sunday 13th August, 2017. The Centre had two optics laboratories open and both were fully staffed by researchers eager to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for science. […]

Launch of CNBP and CU partnership

15 August 2017: The University of Colorado Boulder (CU) and the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) have officially announced their research partnership status at a launch event that took place at CU today. The collaboration between the CNBP, an Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence, and the University of Colorado Boulder, will explore the use of novel CNBP biophotonics […]

Outreach at Concordia College

16 August 2017: Students from Concordia College got the low-down on STEM careers—as well as learnt more about lasers, laboratories and the life of a scientist at a school outreach event organised and run by CNBP researchers from the University of Adelaide. The event, celebrating National Science Week, saw a team of CNBP scientists and researchers visit […]

CNBP at Macquarie Uni Open Day

19 August 2017: ‘The power of light to measure’ was the phrase commonly expressed by Centre researchers staffing the CNBP stand at this year’s Macquarie University Open Day. This was in response to potential University students and their family members, who were looking to find out more about nanoscale biophotonics as well as to better […]

Talking science at UoA Open Day

20 August 2017: CNBP volunteers at the University of Adelaide Open Day took the opportunity to set-up a stand and to demonstrate Centre related science, Sunday 20th August, 2017. The Open Day, showcasing programs, facilities, and options for student study at the University, saw many thousands of visitors to Campus and the CNBP team was ready! […]

Nano-diamond arrays on glass

23 August 2017: Researchers from CNBP’s RMIT University node (lead author Ashleigh Heffernan), have published a paper demonstrating a directed self-assembly method to position nanodiamonds on glass. The method, allowing for the statistical quantification of fluorescent nanoparticles provides a step towards fabrication of hybrid photonic devices for applications from quantum cryptography to sensing. The paper is accessible […]

New technique to aid IVF embryo selection

28 August 2017: Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) have successfully developed an advanced new imaging technique, which can help assess the quality of early-stage embryos. The research, reported in the journal ‘Human Reproduction’ has the potential to significantly benefit the IVF industry of the future, improving assisted reproduction outcomes […]

Exploring small-sized nanoflakes

29 August 2017: Size-dependent structural and electronic properties of MoS2 monolayer nanoflakes, of sizes up to 2nm, have been investigated by CNBP researchers using density-functional theory (DFT). The paper, published in Scientific Reports is accessible online. Journal: Scientific Reports. Publication title: A study of size-dependent properties of MoS2 monolayer nanoflakes using density-functional theory. Authors: M. Javaid (pictured), Daniel W. Drumm, Salvy […]

First reversible ‘turn-off’ sensor for Glutathione

6 September 2017: The first reversible ‘turn-off’ sensor for Glutathione has been reported by CNBP researchers in a paper published in the science journal Biosensors. The paper is accessible online (open access). Dr Sabrina Heng notes: γ-Glutamyl-cysteinyl-glycine (GSH) plays a critical role in maintaining redox homeostasis in biological systems and a decrease in its cellular levels is […]

CNBP science at the Calyx

12 September 2017: CNBP researchers Dr Denitza Denkova and Dr Martin Ploschner took their luminescence and fluorescence science expertise to the general public, at a special after-hours event known as ‘Science at the Calyx’ at the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney. Presenting to an audience of approximately sixty people, the CNBP scientists focused on giving members of the […]

Concordia students visit CNBP labs

14 September 2017: Eighty Concordia College students with an interest in STEM undertook a series of educational tours at CNBP laboratories at the University of Adelaide—forty students visiting Wednesday 6th September and a further forty students visiting Wednesday 13th September, 2017. The students were hosted by a number of CNBP researchers, undertaking laboratory tours in both […]

Glycan identification and quantitation

21 September 2017: Christopher Ashwood, CNBP PhD candidate, visited Ireland in September 2017, performing an oral presentation at the 16th Human Proteome Organisation World Congress with a presentation titled: “Open-glycomics: An open-access platform for software-assisted glycan identification and quantitation”. He also visited the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) where he also presented […]

CNBP at AstroLight Festival

23 September 2017: CNBP scientists joined forces with astronauts, astronomers, scientists, stargazers and artists to present a night starring astronomy and light at the annual AstroLight Festival, held at Scienceworks in Melbourne, Saturday 23 September, 2017. The public event, which attracted more than 1,500 attendees, saw eleven CNBP team members involved – giving talks, undertaking […]

New technique to aid bladder cancer diagnosis

25 September 2017: A new and innovative automated computer technique has been developed by CNBP researchers that is able to significantly aid in the diagnosis of bladder cancer. The technique—which allows suspect lesion images to be quickly and effectively analysed and then classified for cancer risk, has been reported in the medical journal ‘Urologic Oncology’. […]

New med-tech zinc sensor developed

27 September 2017: A new zinc sensor has been developed and reported by CNBP researchers, which will allow for a deeper understanding of the dynamic roles that metal ions play in regulating health and disease in the living body. The research, published in the journal ‘ACS Omega’ reports that the newly designed chemical sensor can […]

Antibiotic research featured by the NHMRC

4 October 2017: With only two new antibiotic classes being discovered and developed in the last 50 years, Professor Andrew Abell, CNBP Chief Investigator and his team at the University of Adelaide have been featured on the NHMRC website as one of the ‘ten best’ research stories of the year. Prof Abell and team are going […]

New CNBP researcher at MQ University

6 October 2017: CNBP welcomes its newest postdoctoral researcher to the team – Dr Jared Campbell who has just relocated to Sydney’s Macquarie University from the University of Adelaide. The move will see Jared work closely with Centre Deputy Director Prof Ewa Goldys where he will be focused on using hyperspectral microscopy to research the […]

Prof Goldys elected as ATSE Fellow

11 October 2017: Fluorescence expert Ewa Goldys, Deputy Director at the CNBP and Professor at Macquarie University, has been elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). The Fellowship recognises Professor Goldys’ pioneering research in non-invasive medical diagnostics, and her work associated with fluorescence, advanced materials and biomedicine, supporting […]

Nanorubies for targeted bio-imaging

12 October 2017: Researchers from the CNBP have released a new paper that examines the use of nanorubies for targeted bio-imaging activity. The work (lead author Varun Sreenivasan pictured) is trans-disciplinary in nature, drawing on the Centre’s collective knowledge in physics, pharmacology, chemistry, material science and embryology. The paper, published in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces is […]

New light source developed for fluorescent microscopy imaging

16 October 2017: A tuneable and programmable integrating sphere light source for wide-field fluorescent microscopy imaging, employing nine light-emitting diodes (LEDs), has been successfully demonstrated and reported by CNBP researchers in a new paper (lead author Aziz ul Rehman pictured). The paper, published in ‘Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy’ is accessible online. Journal: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy. Publication title: Programmable […]

Centre AI awarded prestigious Malcolm McIntosh Prize

18 October 2017: CNBP Associate Investigator Professor Dayong Jin, at the University of Technology Sydney, has been awarded the Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year. The award recognises Professor Jin’s innovative work with nanocrystals which allow for enhanced molecular imaging deep within the cellular environment, aiding early stage detection of cancer and disease. […]

New CNBP PhD student

20 October 2017: CNBP welcomes its latest PhD student Lu Peng who will study under the supervision of Center Investigators Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem and Dr Stephen Warren-Smith at the University of Adelaide. Lu’s project is focused on the use of exposed-core microstructured optical fibre to do two-dimensional fibre imaging. This research has the potential to be […]

Quantifying nanoparticles in colloidal suspension

26 October 2017: A new paper featuring CNBP researchers (lead author Sandhya Clement pictured top left), demonstrates a simple, non-destructive method suitable for rapid evaluation of nanoparticles in colloidal suspension. The paper, published in Nanotechnology is accessible online. Journal: Nanotechnology. Publication title: Quantification of nanoparticle concentration in colloidal suspensions by a non-destructive optical method. Authors: Sandhya Clement, Brint […]

CI joins ARC College of Experts

27 October 2017: Professor Andrew Greentree, CNBP Chief Investigator from RMIT University has been announced as a member of the prestigious ARC College of Experts. Members of the College of Experts assess and rank ARC grant applications submitted under the National Competitive Grants Program, make funding recommendations to the ARC and provide strategic advice to the […]

CNBP researchers edit new book

30 October 2017: A new book edited by A/Prof Anwar Sunna (CNBP Associate Investigator), Dr Andrew Care (CNBP Research Fellow) and Peter Bergquist (Macquarie University) as been published by Springer. The book, “Peptides and Peptide-based Biomaterials and their Biomedical Applications”, highlights new developments in the applications of peptide and peptide-based biomaterials in biomedicine. “This is […]

New microfluidic needle-like device developed

31 October: A new paper from CNBP researchers (lead author Shilun Feng pictured) reports on the development of a microfluidic needle-like device that can extract and deliver nanoliter samples. The paper, published in ‘Applied Physics Letters’ is accessible online. Journal: Applied Physics Letters. Publication title: A microfluidic needle for sampling and delivery of chemical signals by […]

Surface chemistry and nanodiamond fluorescence

31 October 2017: Surface chemistry is vital for nanodiamond fluorescence, reports a new paper published by CNBP researchers (lead author Dr Philipp Reineck pictured). The paper was published in the journal ‘ACS Nano’ and is available online. Journal: ACS Nano. Publication title: Effect of Surface Chemistry on the Fluorescence of Detonation Nanodiamonds. Authors: Philipp Reineck, Desmond W. M. Lau, […]

Concordia College students visit CNBP

6 November 2017: Thirty-one Year 11 students from Concordia College visited CNBP headquarters at the University of Adelaide, 6th November 2017, further strengthening outreach engagement and linkages between the school and Centre researchers. The students, part of the  International Baccalaureate Science program, enjoyed presentations from CNBP researchers, participated in a Q&A regarding CNBP science, and undertook lab […]

Cytokine detection

6 November 2017: New research from CNBP scientists reports on a cytokine sensor – fabricated on the surface of an optical fibre. Cytokines are molecules that play a critical role in cellular response to infection, inflammation, trauma and disease. Lead author on the paper, published in the journal ‘Biosensors and Bioelectronics’, is Centre PhD student […]

A new heuristic search strategy to accelerate imaging

7 November 2017: CNBP researchers Dr Daniel Drumm (lead author pictured) and Prof Andrew Greentree, both at RMIT University, have analysed microscopy in the contexts of Rényi-Ulam games and half-lies, developing a new family of heuristics. Their research is reported in the journal ‘Scientific Reports.’ Journal: Scientific Reports. Publication title: Microscopy as a statistical, Rényi-Ulam, half-lie game: […]

CNBP at ‘Science meets Business’

9 November 2017: As silver sponsor at the annual STA ‘Science meets Business’ event held in Sydney, November 9th 2017, CNBP was extremely well represented, supporting a push to improve engagement and collaboration between the research sector and Australian industry. In addition to having numerous Centre scientists in attendance – those with a strong interest […]

A spiropyran with enhanced fluorescence

10 November 2017: A new rationally designed, photostable, red-emitting calcium sensor with enhanced fluorescence intensity has been presented by CNBP researchers in a paper published in the journal ‘Tetrahedron’. Lead author on the paper is CNBP’s Georgina Sylvia (pictured – University of Adelaide). Journal: Tetrahedron. Publication title: A spiropyran with enhanced fluorescence: A bright, photostable and red-emitting calcium sensor. Authors: Georgina […]

DECRA awarded to Centre Research Fellow

13 November 2017: Congratulations to Dr Lindsay Parker, CNBP Research Fellow at Macquarie University who has just been granted a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) from the Australian Research Council (ARC). The award will support the following research activity: “Intelligently linking nanoscience to neuroscience with glycan biology. This project aims to provide a comprehensive description […]

New CNBP PhD student

15 November 2017: CNBP welcomes its latest PhD student Jagjit Kaur who will study under the supervision of CNBP researcher Dr Guozhen Liu at Macquarie University. Jagjit has recently joined Macquarie University from India to pursue her research which will be focused on the development of nanoelectrodes for single cell analysis. The main aim of her […]

Microfluidic droplet extraction

16 November 2017: CNBP and Macquarie University PhD candidate Shilun Feng is first author on a new paper exploring a ‘membrane-on-a-chip’ device. The technology has the potential to form an integral part of a new type of microneedle that would be able to transport tiny and precise amounts of fluid/medication within the body. Journal: Micromachines. Publication […]

New unmixing method to detect and measure fluorophores

17 November 2017: A new CNBP paper “Statistically strong label-free quantitative identification of native fluorophores in a biological sample,” by Saabah B. Mahbub (first author pictured), Martin Plöschner, Martin E. Gosnell, Ayad G. Anwer and Ewa M. Goldys has just been published in Scientific Reports and is available online. This work addresses a genuine shortage […]

New hybrid sensor developed

21 November 2017: A new hybrid sensor combining an organic fluorescent probe bound to a nanodiamond has been developed by CNBP researchers (lead author Dr Malcolm Purdey pictured). Able to detect hydrogen peroxide, the sensor is non-toxic and is also highly photostable. Journal: Scientific Reports. Publication title: An organic fluorophore-nanodiamond hybrid sensor for photostable imaging […]

Copper oxide nanocubes good for bioimaging

4 December 2017: New CNBP research determines that copper oxide nanocubes are suitable for long-term bioimaging experiments. Lead author on the paper – CNBP PhD student Zafisa Zohora (RMIT University). Journal: Scientific Reports. Publication title: Fluorescence brightness and photostability of individual copper (I) oxide nanocubes. Authors: Nafisa Zohora, Ahmad Esmaielzadeh Kandjani, Antony Orth, Hannah M. Brown, Mark R. […]

Annual CNBP conference jam-packed!

4 December 2017: The CNBP research community (Chief investigators, Associate Investigators, researchers, students and members of the International Science Committee) came together for the Fourth Annual CNBP Conference, Tue 28th November to Fri 1st December 2017, in what was a jam-packed schedule of science. Activities at the Conference included ‘quick speed’ data blitz presentations; key […]

ARC CEO visits CNBP laboratories

10 December 2017: Professor Sue Thomas, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Australian Research Council (ARC) has visited CNBP laboratories at the University of Adelaide and gained  first-hand experience of the exciting biophotonics science taking place there. Shown around a number of laboratory spaces by CNBP Director Prof Mark Hutchinson, Prof Thomas spent time examining […]

Science meets art

11 December 2017: Science met art as researchers from CNBP and the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) visited the ‘Quantum Colour: Capturing The Movement Of Light’ exhibition at Adelaide’s JamFactory and got a back-stage tour with artist and Creative Director of JamFactory Glass Studio, Karen Cunningham. The exhibition, melding science with traditional glass blowing […]

Nanoscale biophotonics for the ‘other’ brain

12 December 2017: CNBP Director Prof Mark Hutchinson, The University of Adelaide has published a new review and commentary on the future of sensor development in the exciting new world of neuroimmunoscience! Journal: Microelectronic Engineering. Publication title: The importance of knowing you are sick: Nanoscale biophotonics for the ‘other’ brain. Author: Mark R. Hutchinson. Abstract: A great new frontier […]

Multi-LED light source for hyperspectral imaging

15 December 2017: A multi-LED light source has been investigated by CNBP researchers for use in hyperspectral imaging. The research featured in the journal ‘Optics Express’  with the lead author on the paper, PhD student Kashif Islam, based at Macquarie University. Journal: Optics Express. Publication title: Multi-LED light source for hyperspectral imaging. Author: Kashif Islam, Martin Ploschner, […]
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