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Nanotechnology Victoria is welcoming entries from industry, postgraduates and undergraduates for its NanoVic prizes for Innovation in Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology Victoria welcomes entries for Prizes in Innovation in Nanotechnology

Posted on February 28, 2006

Nanotechnology Victoria (NanoVic) is encouraging organisations and research students to enter the NanoVic Prizes for Innovation in Nanotechnologies. A number of outstanding entries were received for the 2004 Prizes which were established to honour the outstanding efforts of individuals and teams investigating and applying nanotechnology across a wide range of disciplines and industries.

The prizes for 2005/06 include:

  • The NanoVic Prize for outstanding contribution to industrial nanotechnology in Victoria each year by a researcher or research team with a cash priz $10,000.
  • A postgraduate award worth $3,000 in cash plus access to commercialisation expertise.
  • An undergraduate award worth $500 cash plus attendance at an Australian conference featuring nanotechnologies.

Winners in 2004 were recognised for achievements in nanomaterials and bionanotechnology. Industry winners included The Laminex Group, who were recognised for their recent work in applying nanotechnologies to enhance the properties of laminate products; and Prof Xungai Wang and his team at School of Engineering and Technology, Deakin University, Geelong for their work in electrospun nanofibres, colour removal with nano-titanium, conducting polymer nanoparticles and other research benefiting the local textiles industries. Postgraduate winners receiving $3,000 were Alexandra Angelatos of the University of Melbourne for her work in the preparation and characterisation of light-responsive polyelectrolyte / gold nanoparticle microcapsules for drug delivery; and Mr David Menzies of Monash University for his work in making improvements to dye-sensitised nanocrystalline solar cells through interface engineering.

Nanotechnology Victoria CEO Dr Peter Binks said that the winners for 2004 set a high standard and represented the leading edge of nanotechnology research in Australia.

"These prizes recognise outstanding research achievements, but more importantly, the outcomes stand to deliver new products and sources of competitive advantage for Australian businesses. The submissions received in 2005 emphasized the energy and quality of Australian research and development in nanotechnology. We expect an even better response this year."

This year is the first time that essay entries from undergraduates have been sought. Entries are sought from a wide range of science, engineering, business and arts disciplines. The deadline for entries has been extended to 5 pm, 31st March 2006 to provide new undergraduates the opportunity to prepare entries.

Further details on the prizes can be obtained at or by emailing

Click onto the 2005 Prizes Win $10,000 button

Dr Peter Binks
CEO Nanotechnology Victoria Ltd
+ 61 3 9905 8618

Dr Kristin Alford
Bridge8 Pty Ltd
+ 61 410 442 629

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