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You can realise your business objectives by working with us. We offer flexible solutions through every stage of the innovation and commercialisation process.

Our objective is to achieve win-win deals. With 100 per cent of Macquarie University’s research disciplines rated at world standard or higher (Excellence in Research for Australia, 2018), we can help you create solutions informed by some of the world’s most innovative thinking.

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Natural sciences

Fruit flies are the most significant insect pests of horticulture globally, responsible for hundreds of millions of expenses in control and lost product.

We have discovered effective, safe and novel repellent compounds that had been isolated from a fruit fly predator. It demonstrated profound effects in modifying locomotory behaviour and reducing egg-laying by flies (five species).

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Three jeans hanging on a lineLaccases are enzymes with a number of industrial applications. These include gentle bleaching of textiles, processing wood pulp and bioremediation of pollutants such as plasticizer, industrial dyes and other organic compounds that pose threats to human and environmental health.

By producing fungal laccases in transgenic insects we enable the use of low-cost organic waste streams as feedstocks and simplified infrastructure for biomanufacturing with minimal use of water.

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Chemistry and biomolecular science

A microscopic view of biodegrading plasticThe lack of widespread recycling of PE results in an accumulation of the waste in the environment which damages wildlife and is a potential threat to human health as it moves up the food chain.

Our innovation consists of genetically engineered microbial (yeast or bacterial) synthetic strains which will be utilised for enhanced PE degradation and subsequent chemical commodity production (including but not limited to biofuels, nutrient sources and fertilisers).

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The head of a man in military combat gearIterative compressive sensing direction of arrival estimation (icsDOA) is the most advanced technology to determine the location of origin for radio, radar or sonar.

icsDOA comprises both a new signal processing solution and the optimal antenna array geometry. Unlike other techniques which all require multiple time samples of the antenna array output, our solution works on optimised post-processing from just a single time sample.

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A power amplifierThe performance and reliability of power amplifiers are strongly dependent on the internal temperature of the transistor. Without a system to monitor the temperature changes in real-time, the current practice is to determine a safe operating bias and pulse characteristic (for pulsed amplifiers such as those used in radar applications) based on prior thermal measurement (eg using a thermal camera) of a test sample.

This electronic real-time monitoring system enables microsecond accurate measurements of the temperature of a transistor.

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A man holding up a wafer transformerMany microwave circuit applications, such as distributed power amplifiers, require an impedance transformer which can also act as to feed DC voltage and current into the circuit. Typically, these impedance transformers are a trade-off between bandwidth, power handling, transformation ratio and size.

Our innovation utilises the hot-via structure, available in all state-of-the-art MMIC fabrication processes, which effectively adds an extra layer of metal, creating a via through the semiconductor wafer allowing the metal on the back of the wafer to carry ground, DC or RF signals. This innovation can operate as an RF-only or DC-RF mode.

The elimination of airbridge structures improves bandwidth and reduces the overall size.

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A field plate mixerMixers implement frequency up-conversion or frequency down-conversion and have broad applications, particularly in radio frequency transmitters and receivers.

Our innovation is a novel enhancement of the FET mixer concept for GaN FETs with field-plate technology.

The connectivity of the field-plate is changed whereby the field-plate remains isolated from the FET’s electrodes and semiconductor surface.

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A microscopic view of capillary forced-induced nanowelding3D nanostructures have been used as transparent conductors, wearable sensors and electronic nanodevices thanks in part to their unique and exceptional opto-electronic

A capillary-force-driven methodology enhancing nanoparticle cohesion to improve the electrical conductivity of nanostructured metal-oxide gas sensors.

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A diagram showing the microwave lamination processLamination is one of the last steps in solar panel manufacturing. It protects solar cells from environmental factors such as moisture, oxygen and dirt.

Our innovation provides an alternative method of lamination by directly heating the solar cell for improved efficiency.

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A diagram showing the microwave delamination processSolar panels are exposed to damaging environmental elements such as moisture, oxygen and dust. Once a panel has reached the end of its life span, its components are recycled.

Our innovation provides a method for delaminating photovoltaic modules without energy-intensive processes or using toxic chemicals.

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Glaucoma is a neurodegenerative disease often associated with increased Intraocular Pressure (IOP) and the number one cause of irreversible vision loss. Glaucoma causes Retinal Ganglion Cell (RGC) degeneration and excavation of the optic nerve head, leading to vision loss.

This novel and disease-modifying approach delivers a mutant neuroserpin molecule that has shown significant protection against glaucoma damage, including RGC degeneration.

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The mouse is the dominant model organism in contemporary neuroscience research.

DeepSlice is trained to predict Output Vectors, corresponding to Allen Mouse Brain Atlas coordinates, from coronal histological images prepared using any staining or imaging technique.

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Raman laserOver the past decade, researchers at Macquarie University have been at the forefront of Raman laser research and have pioneered the design, development and application of these laser systems in fields such as dermatology and defence.

Using diamond Raman technology, a pump beam can be efficiently converted to a longer wavelength output beam using 1, 2 or more Stokes shifts of the Raman medium. For example, a 1.06 μm laser pump beam can be efficiently converted to a 1.5 μm output beam.

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A diagram of a high average power continuous wave laserHigh thermal conductivity Raman materials such as diamond can be used to mitigate thermal lensing enabling operation over a very wide power range without compromising output beam quality.

The invention is able to utilise tunable and fixed wavelength infrared or visible pump lasers. Efficient conversion to visible and ultraviolet output may also be achieved using designs that include nonlinear conversion inside the Raman resonator.

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Diamond based high energy laserCurrent HEL systems are restricted to wavelengths near 1 μm and developers are striving for higher powers without beam quality degradation.

Future defence applications demand electrically driven solid-state systems with increased wavelength choice and with high beam quality output at hundreds of kW to MWs to improve efficacy, increase applications and improve personnel safety.

Macquarie’s diamond-based High Energy Laser (HEL) tech runs at an eye safer 1.24 µm, with unprecedented ultra-high power potential of hundreds of kW to MWs. This technology is transformative as beam-conversion in diamond can substantially raise the power barrier.

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A continuous wave yellow laserThere has been a recent surge in interest for continuous-wave, solid-state yellow laser sources, for a diverse range of application including ophthalmology, biomedicine, guide stars and visual display.

The scientists at Macquarie were aware of the potential of the yellow laser for ophthalmic applications from the outset.

Over the past decade, researchers at Macquarie University have been at the forefront of Raman laser research and have pioneered the design, development and application of these laser systems in fields such as dermatology and defence.

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Twisted light, based on an unbounded set of orbital angular momentum (OAM) modes, has recently been exploited for spatial mode multiplexing in optical communications systems, significantly increasing optical communications data capacity (up to Petabit/s transmission rate).

However, current OAM experiments operate on tablebased systems, relying on a bulky, expensive, slow spatial light modulator (SLM) for the free-space twisted light manipulation.

This has inevitably hindered the deployment of OAM multiplexing in optical communications. Recent advances in metasurface technology have allowed the use of ultrathin optical elements to achieve complete control of the amplitude, phase and polarization of light waves.

Our OAM light modulator integrates an ultrahigh capacity OAM-multiplexing metasurface with ultrafast laser-inscribed photonic waveguides, leading to the world’s first all-on-chip OAM light modulator that uses waveguide inputs and outputs to generate and detect OAM modes.

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