Fabrication

Fabrication

Fabrication—making things—is a fundamental human endeavour. Natural curiosity and innate creativity underpins and drives our fabrication research on Sensors, Optical Devices, Manufacturing, and Micro and Nano Systems.

Within these areas, we produce materials, devices and machines to address global challenges such as health and wellbeing, and energy use. Our innovative sensors can be used to detect gaseous compounds as part of cutting-edge medical diagnostics. We develop microfluidic devices that can be used for tailored drug delivery, and micro and nano systems that can be used as biomedical probes or for energy harvesting. Conductive polymers can be synthesised with our new flame spraying techniques. Greater understanding of life-cycle energy flows from our novel modelling approaches can help to improve energy-efficiency in automotive and aerospace manufacturing.

The fabrication theme draws in traditional and diverse engineering activities to create truly interdisciplinary research that can address emerging challenges for industry and society. We have strong research collaborations with global industry leaders in the biomedical, energy, automotive and aerospace sectors. Explore the individual research area pages to find out more.

Explore our available research projects below and if you’d like to discuss opportunities for collaboration or funding, please email us.

Manufacturing

How can we make automotive and aircraft components quickly and cheaply, yet still achieve a superior performance? This question is fundamental to...

Micro & Nano Systems

The creation of smart micro- and nano-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS), by integrating tiny devices, can enable many advanced...

Dispersion _wiki

Light is essential to our daily lives—in fact, new light-based technologies are helping to find solutions to global challenges in energy,...

Sensors

Hot buttered toast, fresh lawn clippings, rotting garbage bags. You might be able to visualise these items, but think about how they smell instead...

william wong
24 Jun 2016
Engineers at The Australian National University (ANU) have made a new material which folds itself into a straw-like tube when it comes into contact with water, and...
Larry Lu
11 Mar 2016
ANU engineers have created the world's thinnest lens, one two-thousandth the thickness of a human hair, opening the door to flexible computer displays and a...
Lachlan Lewis
5 Oct 2015
Second year engineering student Lachlan Lewis has received national recognition for juggling life as a student along with a busy schedule as a rising star with the...
Avinash Upadhya
25 Sep 2015
With an MIT dorm room overlooking the Charles River and the Boston city skyline; it’s not hard to see why engineering student Avinash Upadhya has returned from the...
Jiajie Pei making phosphorene
21 Jul 2015
Scientists studying thin layers of phosphorus have found surprising properties that could open the door to ultrathin and ultralight solar cells and LEDs. The team...
Research in rhyme wins Famelab people’s choice award
1 Jun 2015
ANU Engineering student Kiara Bruggeman has won the people's choice prize at the Famelab Australia science communications awards by presenting her research in rhyme...
The mobile diagnoses revolution
18 Feb 2015
Smart phones are getting smarter by the minute. They already help us plan transport routes, check the weather and take pictures. What if they could also diagnose...
Biomedical optics collaboration between Dr Steve Lee & JCSMR
27 Jul 2013
College of Engineering and Computer Science researcher, Dr Steve Lee, has formed a new collaboration in biomedical optics with medical researchers at the John...
New 3D printers for CECS
3 Jun 2013
The College has recently acquired six new 3D printers which Engineering students have been using for the last three weeks. The printers were purchased by the...

Updated:  8 September 2015/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CECS Marketing