the world of Nanotechnology, small things make a
big difference. So it's only fitting that the small
team of new kids on the block from Deakin University
won the Industrial Nanotechnology award in the 2005
NanoVic Prizes for Innovation in Nanotechnology.
The multidisciplinary team took out the award for
their work in making particles invisible to the naked
eye do some amazing things, and so give the Australian
fibre and textile industries a potential edge in
the global market.
The team comprises Professor Xungai Wang, Dr Peter
Cookson, Dr Tong Lin, Dr Linda Zou and Dr Akif Kaynak
and post graduate students Hong Xia Wang and Minoo
Naebe. They were recognised for their work in electrospun
nanofibres, colour removal with nano-titanium dioxide,
conducting polymer nanoparticles and other nano-related
can't quite turn water into wine, but according
to Dr Zou, can make chemically contaminated water
cleaner than clean. And move over Charlotte – they
can make fibres which are finer and stronger than
a cobweb that can be used for a number of applications
including tissue engineering.
Team leader Xungai Wang said the award was the team's
first in this area.
“We were surprised to and delighted to win this
award,” he said. “It is a big encouragement for us.”
Professor Wang said the team combined the skills
and knowledge of different disciplines with an applied
“It makes us flexible and we are able to see the
end use much more clearly,” he said.
Wang said the team was less involved in the more
fundamental science of ‘manipulating atoms'. “We
are much more interested in applying innovative nanotechnology
to a traditional sector and making a difference” he
Nanotechnology Victoria CEO Dr Peter Binks said
the Deakin team was a worthy winner of the industrial
“They are very focused on providing leading-edge
technologies for some of Australia 's most important
industries,” he said.
“The prize recognises not just some important achievements
over the last two years, but we believe they will
deliver new sources of competitive advantage over
the next decade. “In terms of industrial nanotechnology,
this is one of the most exciting teams in Australia
Contact – Professor
Xungai Wang, 3 522 72894, mobile 0419 525 434
email firstname.lastname@example.org .
(www.nanovic.com.au) is a consortium of research
providers with State government funding, dedicated
to commercialising nanotechnologies for the benefit
of Victorian industry. The NanoVic Prizes are awarded
each year for the best industrial research teams
and postgraduate researchers in nanotechnology in