Case studies

Our clients are performing exciting and innovative research across a broad range of fields, from agriculture to healthcare, through to mining and electronics. The stories below showcase some of the amazing advances that ANFF-SA has supported.

Case studies from our national network can be found on the ANFF website.

 

If you have utilised ANFF-SA's facilities, equipment or technical staff and would like us to share your research project in our case study library, please contact us today.

Australian researchers are working towards improving prenatal care with the development of an affordable and disposable device to diagnose pre-eclampsia – and its severity – within half an hour. Read more

On a quest to understand the structure of opal formation, South Australian researchers have exploited world-class characterisation equipment to establish the world’s most extensive classification dataset of precious and semi-precious opals from around the globe. Read more

Researchers working to extend the performance life of costly drilling components used in Australia’s mining industry have measured micrometer wear rates of common high erosion resistant coatings.

 

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Manufacturing is the backbone of South Australia’s economy and, for more than a decade, ANFF-SA has supported innovative researchers, academics and industry to realise technological growth and investment opportunities.

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Two South Australian organisations, specialising in micro-sized transformative technologies, are helping to prepare the State’s advanced manufacturing industry for the fourth industrial revolution.

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A high-tech microfluidic device, capable of detecting urothelial cancer cells in urine samples, could lead to the world-first commercially available non-invasive screening test for bladder cancer.

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A group of innovative international scientists have combined two common waste materials  to develop a cheap and sustainable recovery tool for crude oil and mercury pollution.

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Dr Marnie Winter and Prof. Benjamin Thierry are working to advance the field of non-invasive prenatal testing to make technology that is affordable and accessible for all women who choose it.

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A global search for a ‘well-connected organisation’ to develop his innovative microneedle technology led Eshwar Inapuri, of California, to the Australian National Fabrication Facility in South Australia.

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Gene-modified cell therapy is evolving as a major new genre of medicine, offering cures to what are currently considered incurable diseases.

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A tiny device, capable of testing nanoparticles for toxicity, is being developed to protect the health and safety of the public and the manufacturing industry.

 

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A global STEM-focused school educational program has cemented an exhilarating partnership between Brighton Secondary School and the Australian National Fabrication Facility.

 

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Non-destructive analysis of miniaturized electronic components has connected South Australian manufacturer, CircuitWorks Australia, with X-ray tomography available at ANFF - SA.

 

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Researchers at the University of South Australia’s Future Industries Institute (FII) have developed a faster, cheaper, and safer way of refining high-value metals by exploiting microfluidic chip technology.

 

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Innovative approaches, advanced technology and a team of world-class experts have collaborated to develop a novel device which collects ‘strength’ data, supporting individualised health, fitness and rehabilitation programs. 

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