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ACES Webinar Series

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During these uncertain times it is important we all stay connected. Following on from the successful 'Building Collaborative Research Teams' session, we have developed a full series of webinars to give our ACES team, our collaborators and the wider research community the opportunity to further their learning and maintain their networks all from the comfort of your own home!

Our resident experts will provide you with insights into important professional and technical areas including in electromaterials science, translation and commercialisation, academic writing and job skills.

All webinars will be hosted via Zoom, with login details provided prior to each event.

When registering, be sure to select one ticket for each webinar session that you would like to attend (see below for details).

All webinars are listed and held in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

Please note: Additional webinars may be added to the program. We will keep you updated with any changes.

15 April, 11am to 12pm (AEST) - iFix System: The Journey Thus Far (Prof Gerard Sutton)

Professor Gerard Sutton describes the development of the iFix System, a novel bioink that uses a bioink to treat eye wounds, through the lyrics of a Bob Marley song – “Though the road’s been rocky, it sure feels good to me”. Join our webinar with Prof Gerard Sutton and hear a clinician’s perspective around taking an idea to industry and working towards the commercialisation of medical devices and related technologies.

22 April, 2pm to 3pm (AEST) - Job Seeker Skills (Prof Maria Forsyth)

Make sure you put your best foot forward when applying for a new position with our 'Job Seeker Skills' webinar, hosted by ACES Associate Director Professor Maria Forsyth.

Maria will cover a number of topics central to successful career progression, including preparing a memorable CV (for all the right reasons), and preparations to ensure a successful interview.

29 April, 11am to 12pm (AEST) - Managing Intellectual Property (Part 1) (Prof Doug MacFarlane)

This series of webinars is designed to provide an introduction for PhD and Early Career Researchers to Intellectual Property (IP) and the machinery of patent applications. Professor Doug MacFarlane presents this topic from the perspective of a practising researcher who has had many years of experience in recognising new inventions and turning them into valuable patents.

Part 1:

  • Introduction to Intellectual Property, what it is and the forms it takes
  • Discussion around what makes a discovery ‘inventive’
  • Detail of the steps you need to take to protect your invention

6 May, 4pm to 5pm (AEST) - Modelling (Dr Fangfang Chen)

This webinar will provide an introduction to density functional theory and its easy applications for experimentalists and will include:

  • A brief introduction to molecular modelling and Density Functional Theory (DFT)
  • Software for running DFT on a PC or supercomputer (eg, NCI)
  • Some applications of DFT in material research and demonstration of running DFT using Gaussian 09

12 May, 4pm to 5pm (AEST) - Are Conducting Polymer Electrodes Capacitive or Faradaic? (Prof George Malliaras)

Join us for our first international webinar of the series with Professor George Malliaras, from the University of Cambridge (UK). This webinar will examine organic electrochemical devices, which use conjugated polymers in contact with an electrolyte, and have applications in bioelectronics, energy storage, electrocatalysis, and sensors.

The operation of these devices relies of the oxidation or reduction of the polymer, which are traditionally described as Faradaic processes that transfer charge. However, recent evidence from various devices based on poly (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) poly (styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) is consistent with a purely capacitive process that stores charge.

To clarify whether PEDOT:PSS is an exception or the rule and determine which processes as capacitive and which are Faradaic, solid-state physics methodology developed to understand the operation of organic light-emitting diodes can be used. Such studies can pave the way for device optimisation.

13 May, 11:30am to 12:30pm (AEST) - Clinical Collaboration in Research (Dr Payal Mukherjee, Sophie Fleming & Prof Gordon Wallace)

Join ACES Director Professor Gordon Wallace, Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Sydney and ACES collaborator Dr Payal Mukherjee, and anaplastologist from Prosthetic Art Technology Sophie Fleming for an isolation chat on the importance of researchers and clinicians working together to achieve successful outcomes for use in a clinical setting.

Gordon and Payal have worked together finding research solutions utilising 3D printing for reconstructive ear surgery over a number of years. Hear their perspectives on the importance of multidisciplinary expertise in research, and some tips for building an effective collaborative team.

Sophie will also join the discussion to talk about her work with rehabilitation prostheses as well as the emerging technological advances and challenges in this field.

19 May, 4pm to 5pm (AEST) - Wireless Electrochemistry: From Cells to Waste Water (Prof Robert Forster)

As part of Schizophrenia Week, we will host a special webinar with electrochemistry expert Prof Robert Forster from Dublin City University.

Bipolar, or ‘wireless’ electrochemistry (BPE) opens up new possibilities for driving redox reactions without the need for direct electrical connection to the electrode. The wireless electrical stimulation of living cells has intriguing prospects for the treatment of neural diseases such as schizophrenia. When an electrical conductor is placed within the electric field generated by two external feeder electrodes, it assumes a potential whose value depends on the electric field strength and the size of the electrode. In this way, redox reactions, including those that involve the electrostimulation of biological cells, the emission of light via electrochemiluminescence, and the electrochemical incineration of organic pollutants in water can be driven wirelessly. One useful strategy is to use the bipolar approach to drive redox processes at conducting particles, such as gold or boron doped diamond.

Join our webinar and hear from Robert about wireless electrochemistry using boron doped diamond particles can be used to mineralise pharmaceuticals to carbon dioxide, ammonia and water, and in particular the influence of field strength, electrolyte composition and particle composition on the electrolysis efficiency.

20 May, 10am to 11am (AEST) - 3D Printing, Presented by ACES/ANFF (Prof Gordon Wallace, Dr Johnson Chung & A/Prof Stephen Beirne)

The Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) Materials Node, in partnership with ACES, has built a world renowned 3D printing facility in Wollongong.

This webinar will introduce you to the capabilities in metal and polymer printing, as well as specialised equipment to enable fabrication of 3D structures containing living cells.

You will also get an insight into our recently established translational facility, TRICEP (Translational Research Initiative for Cellular Engineering and Printing), and our ability to design, construct and supply customised bioprinters.

27 May, 11am to 12pm (AEST) - Managing Intellectual Property (Part 2) (Prof Doug MacFarlane)

This series of webinars is designed to provide an introduction for PhD and Early Career Researchers to Intellectual Property (IP) and the machinery of patent applications. Professor Doug MacFarlane presents this topic from the perspective of a practising researcher who has had many years of experience in recognising new inventions and turning them into valuable patents.

Part 2:

  • Introduction of the patent system
  • Discussion of the three criteria that a discovery must meet to be patentable
  • Description of the steps in the patent application and examination process

3 June, 10am to 11am (AEST) - Crafting the Perfect LinkedIn Profile (Sam Findlay)

While LinkedIn can seem like it is built for businesspeople, not scientists, it is actually a powerful tool for academic visibility and successful networking. Our 'Crafting the Perfect LinkedIn Profile' webinar, hosted by ACES Media and Communications Officer Sam Findlay, will cover some simple but effective pointers on how to turn your LinkedIn profile into your personal online brand and maintaining a digital CV.

4 June, 4pm to 5pm (AEST) - Application of Ionic Liquids as Solvents in Electrochemical Sensors (A/Prof Debbie Silvester)

Ionic liquids (ILs) have attracted significant interest as replacement solvents in electrochemical experiments over the last two decades. This webinar, hosted by A/Prof Debbie Silvester from Curtin University in Perth, will examine ionic liquids and their employment with low-cost planar electrode devices for the detection of target analytes including gases and explosive compounds. In particular, Debbie will discuss some of her group’s recent developments in this area as they work towards their long-term goal of developing a new generation of low-cost commercially available sensors comprising of ionic liquids or gelled electrolytes, for the fast and reliable detection of analytes, including:

  • The sensing of gases in ILs with different humidity environments, revealing that ion structuring at the electrode is disrupted in the presence of moisture;
  • Mixing with polymers to physically stabilise the IL on the electrode, a move towards robust wearable sensors; and
  • The preconcentration ability of ionic liquids that allows the detection of explosive compounds such as TNT using liquid/liquid portioning.

11 June, 4pm to 5pm (AEST) - Publishing from an Industry Project, Presented by ACES/storEnergy (A/Prof Drew Evans, Prof Patrick Howlett & A/Prof Will Gates)

Are you working on a project with an industry partner and concerned about your freedom to publish? Are you planning to lead industry projects in the future and want to learn how to manage any possible issues? This webinar brings you a panel of three senior researchers who have experience of managing a diverse range of research projects with industry partners to help answer your questions. They will share their experience through case studies, followed by a Q&A session with the participants.

17 June, 10am to 11am (AEST) - Polymeric Materials for Neuroregeneration (A/Prof Jeremy Crook)

Polymeric materials, either synthetic or natural in origin, are being extensively evaluated for cell support, with our own work indicative of human neural cell support and related tissue generation. While they offer a wide range of versatility, in particular regarding shape and mechanical characteristics, we are particularly interested in polymers with electro-conductive properties for cell and tissue stimulation. Right now, we’ve only the tip of the iceberg, with the opportunity to discover innovative combinations of biopolymers, cells and other agents towards new real-world therapeutics and neuroregenerative applications.


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