Malcolm McIntosh Prize – Dayong Jin

Distinguished Professor Dayong Jin was recognised for creating new technologies to image the processes of life by being awarded the Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year.  More information about the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science is available at

Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) Visit

A delegation from Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) visited the IDEAL Research Hub. The group represents over 30,000 Hong Kong manufacturers and enterprises with manufacturing facilities mostly in the southern part of China. With specific interest in the smart city, smart living and smart healthcare, they were keen to learn about research using super resolution nanoscopy for integrated devices for analysis and to explore possibilities for investment, licensing and collaboration .

Pictured from left to right: Members of the HKPC delegation

1. Mr Willy LIN Sun Mo, SBS, JP , Council Chairman
2. Mrs Agnes MAK Tang Pik-yee, MH, JP Executive Director
3. Dr Lawrence CHEUNG Chi-chong , Director, Technology Development
4. Dr Anthony MA Yiu Wa , Principal Consultant, Water Management & Laboratory
5. Ir Bryan SO Man Kit, Principal Consultant, Biomedical, Optical & Precision Engineering
6. Mr Bernard KAN Ching Shau, Senior Consultant, HKCERT & Cyber Security
7. Ms Sonia LUI Hoi Yan, Consultant, Food Safety and Processing
8. Ms Vivian WONG Yuen Ting, Administrative Executive

Smartphone Detection

Technology to detect disease in human breath could be coming to your smartphone   Dogs can smell things that humans cannot … like happiness, anger, stress and pregnancy. That’s the idea behind a new kind of breathalyser — one that would be much smaller and more sensitive than those used by police on the side of the road. Dr Noushin Nasiri, a material engineer at the Institute for Biomedical Materials & Devices (IBMD), School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, UTS is trying to develop what would be the world’s smallest sensor for detecting disease in a person’s breath.

MiCheck Trial

Our industry partner,  Minomic has launched a US study of their MiCheck® Prostate Cancer Test.  This important trial will further verify MiCheck’s accuracy and reliability in detecting prostate cancer, especially for identifying patients with clinically significant cancer. See News for more details. The IDEAL Research Hub members visited the Minomic lab based at Macquarie University in Sydney and members will spend times based in their labs later this year.

Deadly Disease Detection

They are a million times smaller than a grain of rice, so how can nanotechnology help detect some of the most deadly diseases prevalent today? Hear IDEAL Hub members Olga Shimoni – Senior Lecturer in the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney and Dr Noushin Nasiri – Postdoctoral Research Associate in the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney, speak about this on 2SER.

RAAP 2017

Introducing the ARC IDEAL Research Hub’s 5 RAAP students Yulong (Alex) Sun, Morgan Philp, Amani Alghalayini, Yinghui (Yvonne) Chen and Hao He. Each student is involved in an industry led research project and we look forward to bringing you updates of the student’s projects . What is RAAP ? To help to develop the State’s research and development capacity, the NSW Government via the NSW Chief Scientist’s office provides funds. The IDEAL Hub successfully applied for funds to support the involvement of five PhD students in the IDEAL Hub. This program is called RAAP  – Research Attraction and Acceleration Program.

Amplify Ignite Award 2017

Young UTS ARC IDEAL Hub researcher wins Amplify Ignite Award. Having done her PhD at ANU, Dr Noushin Nasiri has been working at UTS in the ARC funded IDEAL Research Hub with Professor Dayong Jin since the start of 2017 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, where she is working with industry partners developing a nanosensor to be applied in the early detection of diseases using human breath and/or saliva. Her initial PhD research revealed that when diseased, the biochemistry of the human body changes. This change can be detected in the breath or saliva and can be harnessed as an effective medical tool in place of current practices. See story: Young UTS ARC IDEAL Hub researcher wins Amplify Ignite award

$20 Tests for Welfare Drug Trial – The Australian

IDEAL Hub partner Alcolizer has been featured in the media with discussion of government policy to introduce drug testing for welfare recipients.

Link to the article in The Australian.

MTPConnect Visit 2017

Dr Elizabeth Stares and Dr Alfredo Martinez-Coll, General Manager of Stakeholder Engagement from MTPConnect visited the IDEAL Hub. (Pictured with David Beins, Research and Innovation Office UTS and IDEAL  Research Hub Professor Dayong Jin)

IIT Visit 2017

Prof Anil Prabhakar was a visiting fellow to the IDEAL Hub at UTS during May 2017 as part of the UTS Key Technology Partner (KTP) program. Anil is from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras – which is considered one of the best research institutes in India. His research career aligns with Jin’s  research with a focus on micro and optical fluidics and has a working microfluidics flow cytometry for cattle sperm selection. Prof Prabhakar also visited UTS and Uni SA to explore possible areas of collaboration.