The ARC Centre for Functional Nanomaterials was established in November 2003 under the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence Program (Reserved Round). The Centre aims to become a world class centre of excellence with leading Australian researchers in nanomaterials
Combines pre-eminent Australian theoretical and experimental research groups in quantum and atom optics. The center's aim is to create a powerful network to advance the rapidly developing field of Quantum-Atom Optics.
The Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology (AINST) is the University of Sydney's latest step in the creation of flexible, interdisciplinary institutes that are devoted to bringing the best people and infrastructure together in the support of frontier research.
The work in the laboratories is focussed on the study of fundamental atomic and molecular processes, the electronic structure of matter and their application to technological devices, and the understanding of atmospheric and astrophysical processes.
Extensive research into the design, growth and fabrication of semiconductor and optical devices on the nanometer scale using techniques ranging from MOCVD growth to ion beam processing. Such devices by virtue of their scale, exploit quantum effects to enhance their performance. A large part of this research program focuses on quantum well lasers and detectors of importance to the telecommunications industry. They also research the nanoscale modification of bulk materials such as nanocrystals within semiconductors induced by ion irradiation.
At the Australian National University (ANU), carbon nanotubes, Boron Nitride (BN) nanotubes, nanoparticles, nanowires and other nanomaterials have been produced by using a high-energy ball milling and annealing method, which was developed by the group in 1998.
The Curtin Institute of Functional Molecules and Interfaces (Formerly the Nanochemistry Research Institute) at Curtin University is comprised of academic staff members, postdoctoral fellows, as well as PhD, Honours and 3rd project students. The research undertaken by the group ranges from government-funded fundamental research to confidential one-on-one industrial projects.
The Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) is at the forefront of innovation in materials design and engineering research. The key research areas fall under two main themes: innovative manufacturing technologies and energy efficiency; resource and infrastructure sustainability.