Prof Andrew Fleming, A/Prof Yuen Yong and Dr Michael Ruppert from the Precision Mechatronics Lab contributed to securing a $438,000 ARC Linkage Infrastructure Equipment & Facilities (LIEF) grant for A femtosecond laser micromachining facility for a wide range of materials at the University of Griffith.

With the benefit of the facility’s unique capabilities, the research team led by Prof Nam-Trung Nguyen will be able to perform rapid and precise machining, which will create novel prototyping opportunities across the fields of micro/nanotechnology, material sciences and biomedical sciences. The instrument will also allow fast and precise prototyping of bulk materials. Anticipated outcomes include advanced materials manufacturing and prototype devices for unique applications in harsh environments. The proposed facility is expected to provide significant advances across a variety of research fields including but not limited to micro electromechanical systems, microfluidics, biomechanics, and it will also enhance multidisciplinary collaborations.

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team Prof Nam-Trung Nguyen, A/Prof Dzung Dao, Dr Yong Zhu, Dr Muhammad J. A. Shiddiky, Dr Porun Liu, Prof Han Huang, Prof Ming-Xing Zhang, Prof Cheng Yan, Prof Yuantong Gu, Prof John Bell, Prof Andrew Fleming, A/Prof Yuen Yong, Dr Michael Ruppert