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BluGlass GaN lasers are meeting performance benchmarks ASX-listed semiconductor developer BluGlass said on Thursday that gallium nitride laser diodes produced at its Silicon Valley production facility are now achieving or exceeding contract manufacturer performance benchmarks. According to the company, testing of the first lasers processed at its Fremont fab are demonstrating electrical and light-output performance…

Lithium niobate back in style, offers chip manufacturing hope for Australia: researchers

A material first grown in 1949 is seeing renewed interest for its usefulness in photonics, an Australian-led team of researchers have noted in a review of lithium niobate published in Science. “Lithium niobate photonics: Unlocking the electromagnetic spectrum” is a recently-published article led by University of Adelaide’s Dr Andy Boes and RMIT University’s Distinguished Professor…

UNSW team develops new “bottom-up” way to grow catalysts, with potential in more efficient fuel cells

University of NSW Sydney researchers have developed a new way to grow nanoscale materials, opening up the possibility for cheaper and more sustainable fuel cells. Their paper in Science Advances details a way to create “interconnected hierarchical structures in 3D at the nanoscale”, the university said in a statement on Wednesday. These structures were described…

New iLAuNCH Hub announces leadership appointments

The University of Southern Queensland-led Innovative Launch, Automation, Novel Materials, Communications and Hypersonics (iLAuNCH) Hub has announced leadership team appointments in the roles of COO, CTO and Executive Director. iLAuNCH was supported under the former Coalition federal government’s $362.5 million Trailblazer Universities initiative, with $50 million in federal funding announced in May before the election.…

Collaborative project yields “world-first” geotechnical sensor

A project between Geoinventions Consulting Services and Griffith University has yielded a multi-function connected sensor for geotechnical monitoring, which has been patented ahead of production on Queensland’s Gold Coast. The new product “revolutionise traditional geotechnical monitoring,” said David Chuter, Managing Director of the Innovative Manufacturing CRC, which sponsored the collaborative project through its activate program.…

The A$30 billion Sun Cable crash is a setback but doesn’t spell the end of Australia’s renewable energy export dreams

By Bruce Mountain, Victoria University Sun Cable – considered to be the world’s biggest renewable energy export project – announced last week it had entered voluntary administration following “the absence of alignment” with shareholders. Sun Cable is expected to cost over A$30 billion. It proposes to build an enormous, 12,000 hectare solar farm in the…