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ACT hosts fabrication research facility

A national fabrication research facility focusing on photonics was launched in the Australian Capital Territory on 2 November.

The ACT node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF), based at the Australian National University, will support cross-disciplinary research, addressing national and global challenges by researching and prototyping new materials.

The Australian government has committed AU$91 million to the facility from the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy and the Education Investment Fund Super Science initiative.

ANFF is a collaborative network involving more than 19 research institutions. The nanofabrication facilities allow metals, composites, ceramics and polymers to be processed for application in sensors, medical devices, high-resolution lenses and nanoelectronics.

“Already researchers using this node have developed an innovative approach to making high-performance nanowire solar cell technology which will contribute to Australia’s low carbon future,” said innovation minister Kim Carr.