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Astute Nanotechnology celebrates first year of success
Date:4/30/2008

University of Queensland-based Astute Nanotechnology will celebrate the achievements of its first year in business with a special presentation and cocktail reception tomorrow Tuesday, April 29.

Astute Nanotechnology creates opportunities for industry partners to access the expertise and resources of scientists at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials (ARC CFN).

Located within the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) at UQ, Astute Nanotechnology is a trading business of UniQuest Pty Limited, one of Australia's leading technology transfer companies for public sector research. A highlight of Astute Nanotechnology's first anniversary celebration will be an address by world-renowned academic and founding director of the ARC CFN, Professor Max Lu. His presentation will promote the clean-tech' innovations being developed by his team of scientists at The University of Queensland, the University of NSW, the Australian National University and the University of Western Sydney.

Dr Richard Taylor, a director of the Australian Nanotechnology Alliance (ANA), will offer the closing remarks. The event is supported by the ARC CFN, ANA, AIBN and UniQuest.

UniQuest's Managing Director, Mr David Henderson, said Astute Nanotechnology had achieved an impressive record in its short life, including 18 scientific disclosures and nine patent applications.

Astute Nanotechnology is connecting industry partners with university researchers for what is now being called the dot.watt' boom. The clean-tech industry is estimated to be worth more than $150 billion, with global investment in clean energy alone experiencing 60% growth in the past year or so. All kinds of industries are keen to invest in the development of alternative energy sources and smarter water treatment systems, Mr Henderson said.

As the current debate on climate change has shown, the need for research on how b
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Contact: Leanne Wyvill
communications@uq.edu.au
61-733-654-037
Research Australia
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