NSSN hosted a table at the 2019 ATSE gala

The NSSN hosted a table at the 2019 Australian Academy of Technology & Engineering (ATSE) Innovation & Awards gala in Sydney held on June 13th. The awards presentation was addressed by Karen Andrews, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology.

UNSW researchers, Professor Thorsten Trupke FTSE and Adjunct Associate Professor Robert Bardos, received the Clunies Ross Innovation Award for their breakthrough photoluminescence imaging technology, which can spot defects in solar cells in a fraction of a second. Comparable assessments previously took several hours to complete.

“We are the leader in material and device inspection solutions used to design and produce virtually every solar module in the world,” Professor Trupke said, “As the world recognises that renewable energy has gone from being desirable to critical, photovoltaics is playing a leading role in that global energy revolution, by transforming the way electricity is generated and used.”

Professor Anthony Weiss AM FTSE, based at the University of Sydney received the Clunies Ross Knowledge Commercialisation Award for developing synthetic skin to treat wounds and scars, leading to a multi-million-dollar commercial deal. 

“The commercialisation of the technology has been a big win for collaboration between the university sector and industry,” said Professor Weiss.

Innovative work with tropoelastin and elastin – the unique biological ingredients that give human tissue its elasticity – led Professor Weiss to develop synthetic skin that can be applied to heal wounds. 

The NSSN table consisted of, Dr Susan Pond AM (NSSN Chair), Professor Ben Eggleton and Professor Justin Gooding (NSSN Co-Directors), Liz Dibbs (Western City Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission), Virginie Vernin (Research Manager, Transport for NSW) and Paul Higham (Head of Service Planning & Asset Strategy, Sydney Water). The NSSN Board Members, Dr Paul Scully-Power AM, Dr Marlene Kanga AM, Peter Runcie and Jo White, attended the event as well.

Jo White, Dr Marlene Kanga, Professor Ben Eggleton, Liz Dibbs, Peter Runcie, Dr Susan Pond, Dr Paul Scully-Power. NSSN at the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering Gala.

Jo White, Dr Marlene Kanga, Professor Ben Eggleton, Liz Dibbs, Peter Runcie, Dr Susan Pond, Dr Paul Scully-Power. NSSN at the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering Gala.

Shahrzad Abbasi