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Posted: Jan 23, 2013
Nanotechnology in Australia - companies, research, and degree programs
(Nanowerk News) Until December 2012, Australia had no formal national nanotechnology initiative, though a series of national networks and programs have been established to bring together relevant research. On December 7, 2012, the National Nanotechnology Research Strategy was launched. Outlining a bold vision for a nanotechnology enabled Australian Economy; the research strategy highlights a range of existing and emerging nanotechnology applications. The strategy includes eight key recommendations for strategic investment and coordination considered essential for supporting Australian nanotechnology research and effective translation of that research into benefits for the community. This research strategy goes on to highlight Australia’s current research strengths across a broad range of nanotechnology disciplines and subsequently identify opportunities for these strengths to be leveraged over the coming decade.
There is significant government investment in Australian nanotechnology research from the Australian Research Council and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization as well as funding from state governments. There are two industry-wide bodies:
The Australian Nanotechnology Network (ANN)(formerly ARCNN) is dedicated to substantially enhancing Australia’s research outcomes in this important field by promoting effective collaborations, exposing researchers to alternative and complementary approaches from other fields, encouraging forums for postgraduate students and early career researchers, increasing nanotechnology infrastructure, enhancing awareness of existing infrastructure, and promoting international links.
The Australian Nanotechnology Alliance is an industry-led, research supported membership-based alliance comprising organisations that underpin Australia's current and future economic growth in diverse industry sectors including mining, manufacturing agriculture, construction, biotechnology, marine, aviation and microelectronics.
Currently, there are companies in Australia involved in nanotechnology-related business activities.
In addition, there are nanotechnology and nanoscience-related research and community organizations in Australia.