The Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) and NASA are to collaborate in developing new electronics technologies and new uses for advanced materials.
Under a just signed umbrella agreement, the ANFF’s micro and nanofabrication expertise will work to solve challenges faced by the aerospace industry.
The ANFF provides academia and industry with access to more than 500 state-of-the-art micro/nanofabrication facilities across 21 Australian locations.
The agreement forms part of the recently signed $150 million partnership between the Australian Space Agency and NASA.
One focus will be the development of methodologies for nanotechnology-based communications and sensing capabilities.
An initial project will investigate microfluidic sensor platforms for monitoring astronaut exposure and health during long space missions.
It is envisaged that the sensors could be used on earth, as low-cost wearable technologies.
The ANFF was established under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).
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