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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 (pdf) 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 41 companies in Australia involved in nanotechnology-related business activities.
In addition, there are 76 nanotechnology and nanoscience-related research and community organizations in Australia.
There are 23 academic nanotechnology degree programs in Australia.

Nanotechnology companies in Australia

Nanomaterial Suppliers
A manufacturer of advanced nanomaterials and nanomaterials products in Australia.
A supplier of specialty chemicals including carbon nanotubes and nanoparticles.
Producer of nanoparticles for use in the plastics, personal care, textile, coatings, veterinarian and pharmaceutical industries.
Produces nanopowders of complex metal oxides.
Nanobiotechnology and Nanomedicine Companies
A nano-biotechnology company with a nanoscale drug discovery technique for systematically scanning 'molecular diversity space'. The company has also developed technology for molecular manufacturing.
Anteo Diagnostics specialises in the development and commercialisation of proprietary surface coatings for applications in the diagnostics and biotech industries. With Mix&Go we have developed “molecular glues” which are used by our partners and customers to immobilize delicate biological molecules such as antibodies to synthetic surfaces.
Biometic develops & manufactures bioactive scaffold systems for tissue engineering and bioreactor culture. These are optimized for a range of soft and hard tissue applications. As part of an ongoing collaborative and interdisciplinary development program, Biometic is helping advance fundamental understanding in tissue culture, biomechanics and medical research.
Commercializes a nano and micron sized ceramic spheres technology that provides encapsulation and controlled release of active molecules for a variety of applications including drug delivery, cosmeceuticals and speciality chemicals.
EnGeneIC aims to revolutionize the treatment of cancer by targeted delivery of drugs or siRNAs using the same versatile nano-sized delivery vehicle to address the complexities found in cancer cells.
Living Cell is developing cell-based products to treat life threatening human diseases. The company has developed proprietary nanobiocapsules which allow encapsulated pig insulin producing cells, DiabeCell, to be implanted without the use of toxic immune suppressive drugs.
A nanobiotechnology company developing commercializing drug delivery products and new nanostructured biomaterials.
Starpharma Holdings Limited is a world leader in the development of dendrimer nanotechnology products for pharmaceutical, life-science and other applications.
Nanotechnology Products, Applications & Instruments Companies
Following several years research into the new and exciting advancement in the emerging nanotechnology industry, Healthy Channels Pty Ltd was established to bring some of this technology to the general public. One specific technology, known as Silversure, utilises the latest advances in Silver Nanotechnology Antimicrobial Protection.
ATA Scientific specialises in marketing and servicing analytical and scientific instruments with a products focus on the Particle Sciences, Biotechnology and Spectroscopy. They include instruments applicable to nano particle, micro emulsion and bio-surface research.
AVT Services Pty Ltd is Australia's foremost vacuum and cryogenics specialist.
Develops nano-printing and nano-patterning technologies based on soft-lithography and two-dimensional interferometric lithography (2DIL).
Biomimetics Pty Ltd has developed an innovative enabling technology to coat bone-like nanohydroxyapatite for the production of an unique synthetic bone graft material that has increased superiority in bioactivity, strength controlled solubility and drug delivery over similiar products already in the market. It is a platform technology with a wide range of applications.
Evolved from more than 15 years research at Sydney's Macquarie University, BluGlass has invented a novel process using Remote Plasma Chemical Vapour Deposition (RPCVD) to grow semiconductor materials such as gallium nitride (GaN), crucial to the production of high efficiency devices including next generation lighting technology Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) at a fraction of the current cost.
Develops supercapacitors, high-power, high-energy storage devices that rely on the separation of charge at an electrified interface that is measured in fractions of a nanometer.
Nanoparticle-based security technology for anti-counterfeiting, identification and authentication applications.
Manufactures a a nanoparticulate porous film for use in its dye solar cells.
Designs, manufactures and markets a range of scientific instruments comprising Atomic Absorption spectrometers (AAS), UV-Visible spectrometers (UV-Vis), Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission spectrometers (ICP-OES), Inductively Coupled Plasma Time of Flight Mass spectrometers (ICP-TOFMS), High Performance Liquid Chromatographs (HPLC) and Rheological Analysis Equipment.
Hydrexia's hydrogen storage systems technology is based on cast magnesium alloys with novel nano-structure to store hydrogen as a solid metal hydride.
The Micro-Bio-Nano Company. MiniFAB offers customized manufacturing and advanced product development, exploiting leading edge polymer microfabrication. The company's business is the design, fabrication and integration of polymer microengineered systems.
NanoChem products in the chemicals and wastewater treatment industries enhance productivity through effective use of new materials with novel properties and superior performance.
Nanocoatings Pty Ltd has developed an innovative enabling technology to coat hydroxyapatite for the production of an unique synthetic bone graft material. More bioactive and with greatly increased durability and strength over other synthetic bone graft substitutes.
A system developer, distribution and consulting company specialized in nanotechnology product implementation and applications, primarily coatings.
Quickstep, or more specifically, the Quickstep Process, is a range of unique and patented technologies that can be used in the out-of-autoclave manufacture of advanced composite materials, including nanocomposite production.
TenasiTech is commercializing Adaptive Polyol - a new way of incorporating patented, high functioning nanoscale additives in polymer precursors for maximum flexibility, consistency and performance. In addition we are supplying the additives themselves for incorporation in finished polymers.
Supplier of state-of-the-art optoelectronics, piezoelectric and spectroscopy technology, serving Australia and New Zealand's scientific research and industry community.
XRT leads the world in the practical application of laboratory scale X-ray phase contrast imaging.
Nanotechnology Services & Intermediaries
Bridge8 advises small and medium size organisations where creating vision and making connections between organisations and their communities is vital to success. Bridge8 brings specific capabilities in foresight and strategy facilitation and development, and marketing and communications for science and technology.
CAN Center for Automation in Nanobiotech is a private company, focused on implementation of new technologies for innovative integrated system design.
CleanFutures is a joint venture of NanoVentures Australia, Australian CleanTech and Bridge8 with the goal of successfully commercialising nanotechnologies that enable clean futures.
Nanotechnology consulting services.
Nanokote has been set up as a sales and distribution division of Micronisers with purpose of integrating the latest in nanotechnology to OEM's in South East Asia and Australia.
The company is active in consulting, developing, sourcing & commercialisation of novel technologies.
A scientific consulting company that provides a range of scientific problem solving services based on techniques derived from physical sciences and materials nano-characterization.
Quintain Consulting Pty Ltd is a private consultancy firm which offers strategic advice on commercialisation processes for bionanotechnology developments.
A technology transfer and equipment provider with technical capability and knowledge in all aspect of the metal, plastics and nanotechnology manufacturing industries.
A university technology transfer group in Australia. A subsidiary company of The University of Queensland, UniQuest identifies, packages and commercializes the university technologies and expertise, including nanotechnology.
Here is a complete list of all nanotechnology companies in Australia, sorted alphabetically.

Nanotechnology research organizations in Australia

There are 63 universities in Australia with nanotechnology research activities.
There are 10 initiatives and networks in Australia with a nanotechnology focus.
Here is a complete list of all non-commercial nanotechnology organizations in Australia, sorted alphabetically.
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Source: Nanowerk Nanotechnology Company and Research Database
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