Eureka Awards recognise ATN research impact

27 August 2015

Three Australian Technology Network (ATN) researchers have been recognised among the nation’s leading scientists at this year’s Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.

Professor Tanya Monro from University of South Australia (UniSA), Professor Dayong Jin from UTS, along with colleague Bradley Walsh from Macquarie University won the University of New South Wales Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research for their ground-breaking work Super Dots technologies.

The work of this team has diverse impact from detecting prostate cancer cells in patients to invisible coding for authentication of pharmaceuticals, passports and banknotes.

Dacheng Tao from the University of Technology Sydney won the Scopus Eureka Prize for Excellence in International Scientific Collaboration for his work that help computers better interpret data from the real world.

Associate Professor Frank Bruno led a team from UniSA who won the ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology for their patented and commercialised invention for low-cost energy storage using ‘phase change materials’. This energy storage technology has the potential to be used for refrigeration, air-conditioning or solar power plants.

ATN Executive Director, Renee Hindmarsh says the ATN were extremely proud of its three winners.

“Our researchers make outstanding contributions to science and research, whose work addresses real world problems and has real world impact in our local and global community.”

“The achievements of ATN researchers are a reflection of the high quality research being undertaken at our Universities. They have made important contributions to their respective fields and play a leading role in the future of science in nation,” Ms Hindmarsh says.

The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes were presented at last night’s gala dinner in Sydney and reward excellence in the fields of research & innovation, leadership, school science and science communication and journalism.

Media contact: Renee Hindmarsh Mobile: 0416 265 038