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6-8 December 2018 Distinguished Professor Dayong Jin was invited to attend the 2018 CNGC Symposium on Next Generation Cytometry (Samcheok, South Korea). The meeting covers topics, such as liquid biopsy, electrochemical sensors, deep learning, RNA sequencing, and imaging techniques that
enable the latest
developments of cytometry and diagnostics. 

He delivered a Plenary talk on upconversion super dots for super-resolution imaging and single molecule tracking. 


4 December 2018 Our quarterly progress catch-up meeting was held at Minomic International Ltd. Our IDEAL Hub researchers Dr Gungun Lin, Dr Yvonne Chen, Mr Yuan Liu, reported their recent achievements on microfluidics devices, new bioconjugation protocols and validations.

Our industry partners Prof Brad Walsh and Dr Yanling Lu provided a new set of valuable advice.

Starting from next week, IDEAL hub researchers will participate in the in-house GPC-1 ELISA assays at Minomic.

26 October 2018 World-leading analytical chemist, IDEAL Hub Deputy Director and Director of the University of South Australia’s Future Industries InstituteProfessor Emily Hilder has been made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.

22 October 2018 UniSA hosted
the annual ARC Research
IDEAL Hub Forum at the Cancer Research Institute in Adelaide. The annual forum brought Hub collaborators together to celebrate and share research activities happening in the Hub.

ANFF and the SA health industry were featured at the event, highlighting the opportunities available in South Australia. The event was well attended by over twenty participants including representatives from the UTS, UniSA and industry partners.

2 October 2018 ULVAC Chairman,
Hisaharu Obinata, and the ULVAC delegation visited UniSA and met with the Vice Chancellor, Prof David Lloyd and senior management staff including Prof Tanya Monro, Prof Craig Priest, Nigel Relph and Simon Doe.

The meeting offered an opportunity to re-state the mutual commitment to the existing partnership and discuss emerging opportunities ahead.

The delegation then headed to Mawson Lakes campus to discuss current projects and tour the facilities available at UniSA and ANFF.

10 September 2018 180910-r-alder-anzfss-symposium-e1537253769917.jpgRhiannon Alder presented her work at the Forensic Science without Borders ANZFSS 24th International Symposium. The Symposium provided participants with an invaluable opportunity to share knowledge, develop ideas and network with colleagues from around the globe. Rhiannon’s presentation was titled Devleopment of a Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy Substrate for Illicit Drug Detection.

180829 S Fu EAFS Conference29th September 2018 Professor Shanlin Fu participated in the 8th European Academy of Forensic Science Conference (EAFS) in Lyon, France. The three-day meeting was structured in four main topics: Forensic Intelligence, Forensic humanity, Forensic response against terrorism, and Forensic challenges. Professor Fu’s talk was on Novel Approaches to Investigating metabolism of synthetic cannabinoids.

2018 iCom Montenegro D Jin27 August 2018 The 5th International Conference on the Physics of Optical Materials and Devices was held in Igalo, Montenegro with Distinguished Professor Dayong Jin being the co-chair of Session 4 on Day 1 for discussion on temporal luminescence studies and bioimaging materials. Alongside giving his own Plenary talk on Advances in highly doped upconversion nanoparticle and emerging applications.


20 August 2018 DJ ARC IDEALDistinguished Professor Dayong Jin, UTS, Minomic International Ltd and the IDEAL Hub feature in the 2017 – 18 edition of Making a Difference – Outcomes of ARC Supported Research. In its second year, the publication gives a snapshot of the ARC supported research and collaboration outcomes being carried out across Australia.

30 July 2018 Professor Igor Aharonovitch will be participating inThe IEEE International Conference on Optical MEMS and Nanophotonics is an annual conference that draws in leading researchers, who are harnessing light, or photons, and control its propagation phenomena via interaction with produced structures at the micro and nano scale. This leads to diverse applications in technology fields such as imaging, communication, sensing, and instrumentation, as well as the sciences such as biology and medicine, chemistry and fundamental physics. The conference is designed for researchers to report on the latest findings on Optical MEMS and Nanophotonics and stimulate scientific exchange among researchers and engineers from industry and academia. Professor Aharonovitch will be delivering the keynote address on Quantum Emitters in Flatland.

14 May 2018 Nanotechnology is a buzzword in a healthcare due to potential to reinvent traditional perception of disease diagnosis and treatment. Olga Shimoni highlights the importance of nanoscience in a future of public health, especially in a diagnostics area at the Pint of Science Festival, powered by CSIRO

29 April 2018 The 33rd Congress of the International Society for Advancement of Cytometry was held in Prague, Czech Republic between 28 April and 2 May. Distinguished Professor Dayong Jin delivered the keynote Robert Hooke Lecture on the topic of Luminescent Dots for Multiplexing Cytomertry and Super-Resoution Imaging.

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6 April 2018 Distinguished Professor Dayong Jin joined the 4th International Workshop on Persistent and Photostimulable Phosphors 4PPP at Park Plaza Beijing Science Park. Aimed at making combined effort to unravel the nature of persistent and photostimulable luminescent materials, the workshop covered subjects like the synthesis and development of persistent and photostimulable materials with different wavebands, defect and structural characterization, dynamic energy transfer processes, simulation and models for processes such as the trapping and releasing of charge carriers and applications of persistent and photostimulable materials in biomedical imaging, cancer treatment, luminescent nanomaterials and so on. It fully presented the latest and forefront devleopment in the field of persistent and photostimulable materials, and even in a broader sense, the field of luminescent materials. Participants further discussed the new system design, synthesis, characterisation, performance test and applications of luminescent materials, expecting to inspire new ideas and ways of thinking to solve basic scientific problems.

4 April 2018 Distinguished Professor Dayong Jin participated in the 2nd Spring School on Properties, Design and Applications of Upconversion Nanomaterials, held from the 2nd to the 4th of April 2018 in Valencia, Spain. Its focus was on surface modification and characterization of Upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) and it was a unique opportunity for graduate students to get first-hand training on the surface modification and characterization of up-converting nanoparticles. Professor Jin gave an address focussed on overcoming concentration quenching to build brighter upconversion nanocrystals.


14 November 2017  The official launch of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Integrated Device for End-User Analysis at Low Levels Research Hub (IDEAL Research Hub) opened by the Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon. Craig Laundy MP.

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Pictured above from left to right: Professor Emily Hilder, Deputy Director ARC IDEAL Research Hub; Professor Attila Brungs, UTS Vice-Chancellor; the Hon. Craig Laundy MP, Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science; Professor Sue Thomas, ARC Chief Executive Officer; Mr Roger Hunt, Alcolizer; Dr Brad Walsh, Minomic; Professor Dayong Jin, Director ARC IDEAL Research Hub 

18 October 2017  Distinguished Professor Dayong Jin Malcolm McIntosh PrizeDayong 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

8 August 2017  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

31 July 2017 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 — noushone 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.

18 July 2017  Our industry partner,  Minomic has launched a US stminomic-logo_industry-partnerudy 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.


3 July 2017  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.

19 June 2017 raap 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.

6 June 2017  Young UTS ARC IDEAL Hub researcher wins Amplify Ignite Award. Having done her PhD at ANU, SCI-News-Noushin-Nasiri-AMP-Amplify-Ignite-competitionDr 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

17 May 2017 IDEAL Hub partner Alcolizer has been featured in the media with discussion of government policy to introduce drug testing for welfare recipients.

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10 May 2017 Dr Elizabeth Stares MTP connect at UTSMay 17and Dr Alfredo Martinez-Coll, General Manager of Stakeholder Engagement from MTP Connect visited the IDEAL Hub. (Pictured with David Beins, Research and Innovation Office UTS and IDEAL  Research Hub Professor Dayong Jin)

anil8 May 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.

3 May 2017 Gathering at UTS of the 20 plus members of the ARC IDEAL Hub’s with presentations by one of our Industry Partner’s Minomic and sessions on potential research projects and data management. may 3 1Pictures are Associate Professor Shanlin Fu CI UTS, Dr Craig Priest CI from Uni SA, Hub Deputy Director Prof Emily Hilder from Uni SA, CI Professor David Lancaster from Uni SA and CI Associate Professor Igor Aharonovich from UTS.


2 May 2017 From the University of Sydney, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Prof Fariba Dehghani, Director of ARC Food Processing Training Centre, sydney uniDirector of Bioengineering Research and Dr Rona Chandrawati ARC DECRA Fellow, Director of the Nanotechnology for Food and Medicine Laboratory visited the IDEAL Hub Lab. Pictured with Hub Director Dayong Jin and KTP visiting fellow, Prof Anil Prabhakar.

14 April 2017 Super Dots put young Australian Scientist in running for APEC Science Prize  ARC IDEAL Reserach Hub Director Professor Dayong Jin will represent Australia in the US$25,000 APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE), for his work in optoelectronic engineering. The ASPIRE prize is run by the Australian Academy of Science, with support from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. It recognises scientists under the age of 40 who are working in APEC economies and who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in scientific research and cooperation with scientists across other APEC economies.

31 March 2017 We were pleased to host a visit from the Southern University of Science and Technology of China.  The visitors were Dr. Tao Tang, Vice President for Research, Chair Professor in Mathematics, Dr. Shuanghua Yang, Associate Dean of Graduate School, Chair Professor in Computer Science and Dr. Shiquan Wang (Roderick Wong), Visiting Professor in Mathematics.ggg         Southern University of Science and Technology4

24 March 2017 Dr Fiona Cameron, Fiona Cameron visit the IDEAL Hub March 2017Senior Executive Director, Biological Sciences and Biotechnology, Australian Research Council
tours the ARC IDEAL Research Hub at UTS. Pictured with Distinguished Professor Dayong Jin, ARC IDEAL Research Hub Director in the lab.

24 February 2017 Distinguished Professor Dayong Jin was lead researcher on this project: New Nanoparticle Discovery to Aid Super-Resolution Imaging  which was published in Nature this week.

1 February 2017 Arthur Sinodinos on his vision for his new portfolio as Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science.

file-29 February 2017 First meeting of the ARC IDEAL Research Hub Steering Committee at University of South Australia. The IDEAL Research Hub aims to enable rapid, time-critical detection of low-abundance molecular and cellular analytes with resulting technologies used at medical points of care, ordinary workplaces and centres of activity to test for tiny levels of targeted molecules. The initial focus is early diagnosis of disease and point-of-care drug testing, but the technology platform could be used to sample food and environmental toxins. The Hub expects these disruptive technologies to make Australian biotechnology, diagnostics, veterinary, agribusiness and manufacturing firms globally competitive. The key to the success of the Hub is the collaboration between Hub partners – two universities and four industry partners. The strong commitment from our industry parties is reflected in their high level of involvement with the establishment of the Hub which has included attending four establishment and planning workshops. The Hub partners have in-principal agreement on how the Hub will operate.


news-events_jin-igor 17 November 2016 UTS researchers honoured for excellence in engineering science and physics Professor Dayong Jin has been recognised as a world leader in his field by the Australian Academy of Science with the  which awarded him the 2017 John Booker Medal and Associate Professor Igor Aharonovich has been awarded the 2017 Pawsey Medal for his breakthrough research aiding the development of quantum communication systems.

9 August 2016 Harnessing light for a healthcare revolution

9 May 2016 UTS Science to lead Australia’s first biomedical devices hub

6 May 2016 Solving real world problems through $3.7 million ARC boost