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Micro and nano systems have demonstrated enormous potential for biomedical and environmental applications, given their unique characteristics at micro and nano dimension. For example, the flow in microfluidics and nanofluidics will be largely laminar, which has played a pivotal role in revolutionising a number of advanced technologies, such as microarray, separation technology, lab-on-a-chip, micro-propulsion, and micro-thermal technologies.
A number of innovative systems have been developed at Deakin.
PCRDisc for DNA amplification
The award winning design can simultaneously amplify multiplex short and long strand DNA samples with much reduced lead time, providing a potential point-of-care diagnostic technology to deal with infectious diseases and for remote communities.
Membrane structure of nanometer resolution
3 dimensional characterisation of nanostructure is critical for the synthesis and evaluation of nanomaterials and systems. Deakin has developed an integrated system that automates the sample preparation, image acquisition and image analysis. A high resolution of 1.5nm has been achieved.
Pore size: 7.256Å
Membrane thickness: 3.4nm
Salt concentration: 2ml/kg
Na+-CI- pairs: 16
Force on H2O: 0.5kcal/mol Å