Queensland Node

Specific capabilities: advanced photoresist synthesis; functional organic/polymer and bio-inspired nanomaterials synthesis; bionanodevice fabrication; and biopolymer processing and nanocomposites.

The ANFF Queensland node provides a dedicated facility for the synthesis, processing, characterisation and fabrication of functional organics and organic semiconductors, new generation photoresists, functional polymers and nanoparticles and bio-inspired nanomaterials, smart surfaces and microdevices. Services include the scale-up prototyping of devices such as organic solar cells, organic light emitting diodes, organic circuit elements, microfluidic devices, bioassay platforms, biomaterial scaffolds and microbioreactors.

The node consists of two facilities, the Soft Materials Processing Facility and the BioNano Device Fabrication Facility. The facilities are based at the University of Queensland in purpose-built laboratories in the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) and the School of Chemistry's Centre for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE).

The Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) is an exciting new research institute which abandons traditional boundaries to focus research effort into areas that will provide great benefit for human health, manufacturing, information technology and the environment.

The Centre for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE), a joint initiative between the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences and the School of Physical Sciences (Physics Discipline), includes integrated programs in experimental and theoretical condensed matter physics as well as synthetics chemistry.

Capabilities offered by the node include:

  • Advanced photoresist synthesis, purification and characterisation
  • Functional organic / polymer synthesis, purification and characterisation (National Centre for Functional Organic Synthesis)
  • Functional nanoparticle and bio-inspired nanomaterials synthesis and characterisation
  • Bionanodevice fabrication and characterisation
  • Organic electronic device fabrication and testing (OPV, OLED, OFET, OSensors)
  • Biopolymer processing and nanocomposites

The NCRIS program is enabling significant infrastructure investments including:
  • A prototyping inkjet printer (Litrex 70), capable of printing organic or aqueous solvent based inks
  • High-throughput photoresist, monomer, polymer and nanoparticle synthesis units
  • A semi-automated nanoimprint lithography unit and plasma bonder for surface and device patterning down to ~10 nm
  • A dip pen lithography unit for micro through to nanometre patterning of surfaces and devices
  • A deep reactive ion etcher unit for needleless drug delivery patches, nanofluidic devices and surface templating
  • A state-of-the-art surface and device characterisation suite

Contact Details

Node Director: Prof Justin Cooper-White
Email: j.cooperwhite@uq.edu.au 
Phone: +61 7 3346 3858

Facility Manager: Mr Derek Hirons
Email: chdhiron@uq.edu.au
Phone: +61 7 3346 3460

Instrumentation Available

Soft Materials Processing Facility

  • National synthesis facility for functional organics
  • Glove box with integrated vacuum evaporators
  • 157 nm F2 laser exposure system
  • Organic device testing and characterisation
  • Thermal analysis/characterisation suite; DMA, TGA, DSC
  • Vibrational spectroscopy suite; FTIR, ATR-FTIR, NIR; Raman
  • Chromatography suite; GPC (organic and aqueous solvents), HPLC, GC/MS
  • Electrochemistry
  • Argon Fluoride (193 nm) laser
  • Vacuum-Ultraviolet Vase spectroscopic ellipsometer
  • High throughput synthesis units
  • Prototyping inkjet printer
  • Encapsulation instrumentation

BioNano Device Fabrication Facility

  • UV Mask Aligner
  • Direct write laser lithography
  • Hot embossing and lamination
  • High throughput DNA screening facility
  • Biomolecular synthesis facility
  • Biopolymer processing equipment
  • Polymer fibres and nanocomposites manufacturing facility
  • Semi-automated nanoimprint lithography unit and plasma bonder
  • Dip pen lithography unit
  • Deep reactive ion etcher
  • Laser scanning cytometry
  • PicoPlus AFM





Funding Sources