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Add-on clip turns smartphone into fully operational microscope

19 February 2018: Australian researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) have developed a 3D printable ‘clip-on’ that can turn any smartphone into a fully functional microscope. Reported in the research journal ‘Scientific Reports’, the smartphone microscope is powerful enough to visualise specimens as small as 1/200th of a millimetre, including […]

CNBP at ‘Science meets Parliament’

15 February 2018: Four CNBP’ers attended ‘Science meets Parliament (SmP)’, a high profile political engagement STA event held in Canberra, 13-14th February, 2018. The event gives science, technology, engineering and mathematics professionals the chance to build a profile for their important work in the Parliamentary environment. This includes meeting privately with politicians to discuss areas […]

Goldys on ‘Key Thinkers’ panel

8 February 2018: The ability to develop a holistic and interdisciplinary vision was raised as a key attribute and skill by CNBP Deputy Director Prof Ewa Goldys at today’s ‘Key Thinkers – Key Concepts – Scholarly Gaze’ panel discussion, coordinated by the Faculty of Human Sciences, based at Macquarie University. The event, consisting of prominent […]

Understanding pain – Fibromyalgia

8 February 2018: Professor Mark Hutchinson, the Director of the Centre for Nanoscale Biophotonics, in the School of Medicine, at the University of Adelaide talked with Sonya Feldhoff, ABC Adelaide about fibromyalgia and what can be done to treat it. The interview can be heard in its entirety on the ABC radio website.

Detonation nanodiamonds to aid bioimaging

6 February 2018: Tiny 5 nm detonation nanodiamonds glow in different colors and their fluorescence is pH dependent, reports a new paper by CNBP scientists published today in the Nature journal Scientific Reports. Lead author of the paper Dr Philipp Reineck from RMIT University (Former CNBP Research Fellow and current CNBP Associate Investigator) notes that the […]

Poster award at National Conference

2 February 2018: Macquarie University and CNBP PhD student, Christopher Ashwood, has won a poster prize at the 23rd Annual Lorne Proteomics Symposium. His poster was about improving reproducibility in the field of glycomics, the study of protein glycosylation. Over 280 researchers attended the meeting.

Sameera Iqbal awarded poster prize

2 February 2018: Sameera Iqbal, CNBP PhD student at Macquarie University has been awarded a certificate and cash prize for her poster presentation at the Australasian Glycoscience Symposium at the Lorne Proteomics Conference, 2 Feb, 2018. Her poster detailed the following work – ‘PolySialic Acid (PolySia) is an α2-8-linked sialic acid chain present on cell surfaces […]

Diabetes and early pregnancy

1 February 2018: CNBP and Robinson Research Institute researcher Dr Hannah Brown, University of Adelaide is lead author on a newly published paper that looks to understand why pregnancy failure and pregnancy loss occurs in women with diabetes. The paper was published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports. Publication title: Periconception onset diabetes is associated with embryopathy […]

New Centre postdoc at Adelaide

31 January 2018: CNBP welcomes its newest researcher to the team, Dr Thomas Avery who is based at the University of Adelaide. Thomas was awarded a PhD in chemistry by The University of Adelaide in 2002 and completed post-doctoral positions at The University of Oxford (England) with Dr David Hodgson and The University of Adelaide […]

Prof Ewa Goldys recognised as SPIE Fellow

30 January 2018: Today Professor Ewa Goldys, Professor at the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering at UNSW and Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP), was recognised as a Fellow of SPIE. Fellows are SPIE Members of distinction who have made significant scientific and technical contributions in the multidisciplinary fields […]

Magnetically sensitive optical fibre demonstrated

19 January 2018: A new paper featuring CNBP researchers demonstrates magnetically sensitive nanodiamond-doped tellurite glass fibres. This work is a first step towards magneto-sensitive fibre devices which could be used in medical magneto-endoscopy and remote mineral exploration sensing. First author of the paper is CNBP AI, Dr Yinlan Ruan from the University of Adelaide. Journal: Scientific […]

New CNBP student at Macquarie

11 January 2018: CNBP is happy to announce its newest student – Mina Ghanimi Fard. Mina is undertaking a Master of Research in Molecular Sciences at Macquarie University and is based in the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences. Supervised by CNBP’s Dr Lindsay Parker, her project title is ‘Targeting Sugar Receptors with Bio-conjugated Nanodiamonds in a 3D […]

New aptasensor able to detect intracellular IFN-γ

8 January 2018: A new research paper, resulting from a partnership between CNBP and Jilin University has been published, reporting on the development of a new aptasensor which is able to detect ultrasmall concentrations of intracellular IFN-γ. This simple and highly sensitive sensor is able to be used for real-time bio-imaging, providing  a universal sensing […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

CNBP researchers on Scope TV

11 November 2017: Fantastic TV talents (and CNBP researchers) Prof Brant Gibson and Dr Philipp Reineck from RMIT University featured on SCOPE TV for kids, 11th November 2017. Check them out as they discuss the use of diamond nanoparticles in biophotonics to help shed light on cells and the living body!

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 […]

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 […]

Outreach at Fresh Science

8 November 2017: The world’s smallest fibre-optic probe that can simultaneously see and sense deeply inside the body (Dr Jiawen Li) and an anti-cancer drug that can be switched ‘on’ and ‘off’ inside the body to help reduce chemotherapy side effects (PhD student Kathryn Palasis). These were the research narratives developed by the two CNBP scientists […]

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: […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Ecolinc STEM program

16 October 2017: Centre Associate Investigator, Dr Kate Fox from RMIT University has participated in the Ecolinc STEM for Women program in Melbourne, Oct 16th, 2017. Ninety students (Years 9 and 10) attended the event where they  got to learn of the experiences from a range of women who work in a variety of STEM related […]

Student poster award

14 October 2017: Aimee Horsfall, CNBP PhD student at the University of Adelaide has been awarded a student Poster Award (of four), with cash prize, for her poster titled “Introduction of a new fluorescent constraint on-resin” at the 6th Modern Solid-Phase Peptide Synthesis Symposium, held at Fraser Island from the 12-14th of October. The symposium is a satellite […]

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 […]

Nano ‘terminator style’ antennae

12 October 2017: The liquid metal, shape-shifting T-1000 Terminator cyborg, featuring in a 1991 science-fiction film Terminator 2, was made possible due to breakthroughs in computer-generated imagery. Some 25 years later, using breakthroughs in physics and chemistry CNBP scientists Dr Ivan Maksymov and Prof Andy Greentree at RMIT University have shown reconfigurable liquid-metal optical nanoantennae. […]

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 […]

Lung tissue aspiration

11 October 2017: A new publication from CNBP researchers explores the integration of an optical coherence tomography (OCT) probe into a flexible needle for lung tissue aspiration. The paper (lead author Jiawen Li pictured), was published in the Journal of Biomedical Optics and is accessible online. Journal: Journal of Biomedical Optics. Publication title: Flexible needle with integrated optical […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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’. […]

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 […]
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