The Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology (AINST) was officially launched this week at the Sydney Nanoscience Hub on the University of Sydney campus. Leading international nanoscience figures are speaking at a two-day scientific meeting to mark the launch.
Australian Academy of Science President Andrew Holmes AM opened the $150m project. Also at the launch were senior executives from Microsoft USA and top Israeli physicist Moti Segev who is working with the University of Sydney and the NSW Government.
According to Associate Professor Michael Biercuk, “The buildings in which we work, rather than our imaginations, are what’s been limiting the science”. The building’s director, Professor Simon Ringer adds,“This is the best building of its kind in our region. It will allow us to operate research instruments that enable us to ask questions at the frontiers of science.”
AINST hosts some of the capabilities of the Australian National Fabrication Facility and of the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility. Researchers also contribute to two Australian Council Centres of Excellence: CUDOS, the Centre for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems; and EQuS, the Centre for Engineered Quantum Systems.
University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence says that AINST reaches across traditional disciplinary boundaries “addressing multidisciplinary issues in a unique way to ensure that we are ready to solve the great challenges of science, engineering and beyond.”
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