NSW Government sends boffins to Japan

A group of NSW scientists showcased the State’s nanotechnology research at a major international exhibition in Tokyo.
As part of its strategy to globalise the state’s economy and to create jobs and investment opportunities, the State Government supported the scientists to take part in one of the world’s largest nanotechnology exhibition and conference, Nano Tech 2011 last week.
Nanotechnology involves the manipulation of materials at a microscopic scale and is increasingly used across a range of industries such as defence, computing, information and communications technology (ICT), renewable energy and medical devices.
The technology was being used to develop smaller and more powerful batteries; in water filtration and recycling processes; to improve the efficiency of solar energy and for non-invasive medical devices that administer drugs instead of injections.
Nano Tech 2011 was an important opportunity to boost the nanotechnology sector in NSW and attract more commercial opportunities for the state’s nanotechnology-related businesses, institutions and researchers.
One of the NSW scientists attending Nano Tech 2011 was Professor Gordon Wallace, executive research director at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science based in Wollongong.
Professor Wallace said recent revolutions in nanotechnology have seen advances in areas including nanobionics.
“Leading to new technology for nerve and muscle regeneration and increased efficiency in orthopedic diagnostics as well as post operative care,” he said.
“This visit to Japan will help build the Centre’s international research links, improve our insights into applications that will benefit the community and attract investment in our work.”
The trade mission was organised by Industry and Investment NSW and was supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research and the Australian Trade Commission.

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