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The Honourable Fran Logan visits ECU

Monday, 05 May 2008


State Minister for Energy, Resources, Industry and Enterprise, the Honourable Fran Logan MLA, visited Edith Cowan University (ECU) to discuss the future of micro and nanophotonic research on Tuesday, 29 April.

Nanophotonics is the science of engineering at millionth of millimetre scales and has applications in the information, communication, precision apparatus, medical service, security and energy sectors.

Minister Logan received a briefing from Professor Kamal Alameh, Director of the WA Centre of Excellence for MicroPhotonic Systems on the MicroPhotonic research activities being undertaken at ECU as well as the nanotechnology infrastructure in WA.

"The Nanophotonic fabrication facility that has recently been established at ECU could lead to many outstanding innovations and commercial opportunities," he said.

"The new technology has the potential to create new products and drastically improve fabrication processes."

ECU's Centre for Advanced Nanophotonics (CAN) will help to build a dynamic and vibrant research and development base for the Photonics industry in WA.

According to Professor Alameh, the establishment of the Nanophotonic fabrication and characterisation facility at ECU will further stimulate WA's industrial and academic involvement in this sector.

"The new Centre will attract ten new researchers to the Electron Science Research Institute, building on the existing knowledge base here in WA," he said.

Professor Michael Henderson, Chairman of the WA Technology and Industry Advisory Council and the WA Centre of Excellence for MicroPhotonic Systems said that Nanophotonics research and development will put ECU and WA at the forefront of cutting-edge technology.

"I believe ECU and the Department of Industry and Resources can make an important contribution to the WA economy," he said.

ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox said the new Nanophotonic facility adds value to the MicroPhotonic research currently undertaken at ECU, and has the potential to revolutionise all aspects of our lives.

"Nanophotonics will enable applications ranging from ultra-high-speed computers and mobile phones to more effective medical treatments and environment monitoring."

The WA Centre of Excellence for MicroPhotonic Systems is part of the Electron Science Research Institute which provides highly specialised research and facilitates collaboration between leading international research teams.

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