2016 News

WHEN: 23 Nov 2016
WHAT: Speeding up digital performance using engineered light
WHERE: Monash News.

A collaboration between MCATM member and ARC Future Fellow Dr. Agustin Schiffrin and colleagues at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ), in Germany showcased the fastest electric currents ever measured in a semiconductor.

Recently published in Optica, the results showed all-optical generation and control of electric currents in gallium nitride (GaN), within an optical cycle and on a timescale shorter than 2 fs, at intensities at least    an order of magnitude lower than those required for dielectrics. This approach opens the door to PHz electronics and metrology, applicable to low-power (non-amplified) laser pulses, and may lead to future applications in semiconductor and (photonic) integrated circuit technologies. Image courtesy of    Christian Hackenberger.


WHEN: 17 Oct 2016
WHAT: A step closer to ultrafast electronics
WHERE: Journal article in Science.

An international team of researchers involving Monash physicists has observed, for the first time, the formation of quasiparticles in real time.

Recently published in Science, MCATM theoretical physicist, A/Prof. Meera Parish and her collaborators used an interferometric probing method to track the quantum evolution of a sermonic many-body system. A/Prof. Parish said this study can    help us to better understand quantum processes, which can ultimately be harnessed in a new generation of electronic devices.


WHEN: 8 Sep 2016
WHAT: 12 MCATM members in 2 newly funded Centres of Excellence (CoEs)
WHERE: Australian Research Council

The ARC just announced the results for the upcoming Centres of Excellence today they contain great news for MCATM members.

The bid led by MCATM Director, Prof. Michael Fuhrer, on ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low Energy Electronics Technologies (FLEET) was successful! Hearty congratulations to Prof. Fuhrer’s team including Meera Parish, Nikhil Medhekar, Qiaoliang Bao, Agustin Schiffrin , Toby Bell, Mark Edmonds and Bent Weber . Enabled by the new science of atomically thin materials, FLEET is tackling the grand challenge of energy usage in society!

Congratulations also to Jacek Jasieniak, Alison Funston, Udo Bach and Yi-Bing Cheng on their successful bid for the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science, led by Prof. Paul Mulvaney, University of Melbourne.

Read more about FLEET and other successful CoEs at Monash.


WHEN: 12 Jul 2016
WHAT: MCATM graphene-based membrane research recognised
WHERE: International Conference on Inorganic Membranes (ICIM) 2016, Atlanta USA.

Following his first authored publication in Nature Communications, PhD candidate Abozar Akbari presented his work far and wide. Mr. Akbari delivered a keynote presentation as well as a poster presentation on the production of large-area graphene-based    nano filtration membranes at the conference. In addition to receiving a North American Membrane Society Student Award, Mr. Akbari also received one of the two Best Poster Awards at ICIM 2016.

Congratulations to Mr. Akbari, Professor Majumder and the research team for their excellent work. Click here to see the award winning poster.


WHEN: 30 Jun 2016
WHAT: Fantastic Voyage to the 'nanoverse' - One step closer
WHERE: Monash Insider. Click here to view the article.

Imagine robots performing surgeries in your blood stream. A recent discovery by Dr. Zhe Liu's group has made this technology one step closer. This work was the first to discover a shape memory effect in films of thickness less than 10nm.

Recently published in Nature Communications, first author PhD candidate Zhenyue Chang reported the shape memory effect in two-dimensional atomically thin graphene oxide crystals with ordered epoxy groups C8O    using first-principles density function theory calculations. Mr. Chang said an electric field cause this “atomic switch” in the graphene oxide structure and thereby resulting in the shape memory effect.


WHEN: 16 May 2016
WHAT: First electrical measurements on 3D graphene
WHERE: Nanotechweb. Click here to view the article.

Researchers at MCATM and the Centre for Advanced 2D Materials, National University of Singapore are the first to have measured the electronic properties of topological dirac semimetals. Led by Prof. Michael Fuhrer, the team used low-temperature magneto-transport measurements to determine the carrier    density and mobility in the Na3Bi film.

Recently published in Nano Letters, first author Dr. Jack Hellerstedt explained the films were grown using molecular-beam epitaxy and electrical measurement were performed in-situ in the scanning tunnelling microscope. Dr. Mark Edmonds said transistors fabricated from these films could be faster than    existing    devices today. Read the full article here.


WHEN: 6 May 2016
WHAT: A new $5M Construction industry research hub at Monash
WHERE: Monash The Insider. Click here to view the article.

Led by A/Prof. Wenhui Duan, the $5M Construction Industry Transformation Research Hub funded by the ARC, will be based at Monash University Clayton. The hub is focused on utilising carbon nanomaterials and other nanostructures to engineer future construction materials.

Consisting of 38 researchers at Monash Uni and 28 partner organisations, this research hub will develop novel construction materials including binders, cement additives, high performance concrete materials, concrete structural systems, polymer composites, and pavement materials.


WHEN: 17 Mar 2016
WHAT: Capturing 'black gold' with light
WHERE: Monash News. Click here to view the article.

Through the clever use of a light sensitive surfactant and graphene oxide sheets, researchers from the Soft Materials and Colloids Laboratory led by Dr. Rico Tabor can separate toxins and contaminants from water.

Recently published in Nanoscale, first author PhD candidate Thomas McCoy reported a unique method for controlling the dispersion behaviour of two-dimensional nanomaterials using light as an abundant, clean and low energy external stimulus. Read the full article here.


WHEN: 10 Mar 2016
WHAT: Graphene Membranes could solve water crisis
WHERE: Monash News. Click here to view the article.

The new graphene oxide-based membrane developed by Monash University and the University of Kentucky demonstrates outstanding water permeability while being able to sieve small organic molecules. This new filter can perform nine times faster than the current leading commercial product. This work was    highlighted in the ARC Research News.

Recently published in Nature Communications, first author PhD candidate Abozar Akbari reported a scalable and industrially adaptable method to fabricate large-area graphene-based membranes by shear-induced alignment of liquid crystals of graphene oxide. Read the full article here.


WHEN: 16 Feb 2016
WHAT: MCATM directors interviewed by the National Mining Chronical
WHERE: Page 29 of Feb 2016 Issue. Click here to view the article.

Journalist Kaitlin Shawcross interviewed Profs. Michael Fuhrer and Dan Li on the growing interest in atomically thin materials and the role of MCATM.

The National Mining Chronical is a monthly magazine that provides news and insights into Australian and overseas' mining industries. A snapshot of the magazine's content is also available online.


WHEN: 13 Feb 2016
WHAT: MCATM researchers featured on Monash News and Australian Manufacturing.
WHERE: Monash The Insider. Click here to view the article.

MCATM researchers revealed a reliable and inexpensive method to study how ions move through graphene oxide nano sized channels.

This collaborative effort by Dr. Chi Cheng, Prof. Dan Li and A/Prof. Zhe Liu enables the development of a new generation of energy storage and membrane separation devices.


WHEN: 3 Feb 2016
WHAT: MCATM featured in the Australian Manufacturing Technology (AMT) Magazine
WHERE: Page 76 of Feb-Mar 2016 Issue. Click here to view    article.

Profs. Michael Fuhrer and Dan Li wrote a perspective piece discussing the opportunities and challenges for manufacturing graphene and graphene-containing products.

Published by the Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Ltd, AMT is one of Australia's largest online magazines, dedicated as a user-generated resource for the manufacturing industry.


WHEN: 15 Jan 2016
WHAT: Dr. Ling Qiu's graphene-based cellular elastomer made headlines.
WHERE: Australian Manufacturing, Click here to view article.

Ultra light and flexible like rubber but also highly conductive - the new Graphene-based cellular elastomer could be the most sensitive pressure sensor yet. Dr. Ling Qiu and Prof. Dan Li reported this breakthrough finding in the recent edition of Wiley's Advanced Materials.

Dr. Qiu said "This sponge-like material can detect pressures and vibrations across a broad bandwidth of frequencies and it far exceeds the response range of our skin."