A new facility at The University of Western Australia will enable the development of unique technologies that will revolutionise daily life in fields as varied as health, agriculture, mining, automotive industries, communications, data storage and defence.
The WA node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF), in the University's School of Electric, Electronic and Computer Engineering, was launched yesterday.
The Centre's Director is UWA's Winthrop Professor Lorenzo Faraone whose Microelectronics Research Group is a global leader delivering solutions, new knowledge and education in advanced microelectronics, optoelectronics, nanotechnology, photonics and microsystems technology.
UWA Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Alistar Robertson said the launch was a proud day for the University in its aim to make a difference to the wellbeing of local, national and international communities. The node would enable collaboration and facilitate the transfer of research into applications in industry.
The ANFF links 19 institutions nationally grouped into eight nodes, providing researchers and industry with state-of-the-art fabrication facilities.
The UWA provides via the ANFF access to state-of-the-art infrared (IR) technology and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) fabrication processes for industry and the broader Australian and international research communities. These UWA-based capabilities are in high demand and unique in Australia.