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Antibacterial power of black silicon

By Damir Beciri
One Comment30 November 2013

diplacodes-bipunctata-wandering-percherEarlier this year, we reported about a finding which revealed that physical structure of Psaltoda claripennis cicada wings can shred certain types of rod-shaped bacteria. After analyzing the surface, researchers at the Swinburne University of Technology used biomimicry to create a surface with similar properties. This nanosurface could lead to development of a new generation… »

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Cicada wing surface biomimicry could lead to anti-bacterial surfaces

By Damir Beciri
7 March 2013

cicada-wingsWhile many research groups throughout the world seek for better ways to fight bacteria, an international research group of researchers Australia’s Swinburne University of Technology and Spain’s Universitat Rovira i Virgili investigated cicada insect and came up with a discovery that may lead to a surface able to destroy bacteria solely through its physical structure…. »

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Green architecture – Advanced Technologies Centre, Australia

By Rob Aid
One Comment7 March 2011

advanced-technologies-centre-building-1Advanced Technologies Centre (ATC) is open for research and teaching at Swinburne University of Technology’s Hawthorn campus. Aside the building’s transparency and interesting design, the ATC has achieved a 5 Star Green Star – Education Design v1 rating from the Green Building Council of Australia, which evaluates buildings on their environmental design and performance. Located… »

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“Five-dimensional” disks promise storage of 10TB

By Damir Beciri
24 May 2009

mediatech.jpgA team from Swinburne University of Technology in Australia said that by harnessing nanoparticles and a “polarization” dimension to existing technology, storage can be massively boosted without changing the size of a current disc. For the first time researchers from the university’s Centre for Micro-Photonics have demonstrated how nanotechnology can enable the creation of ‘five… »