Lab Notes
010 - SMALL IS BIG - Dr. Dennis Antiohos

010 - SMALL IS BIG - Dr. Dennis Antiohos

May 13, 2020

SMALL IS BIG
In today's episode we are joined by Dr. Dennis Antiohos to take stock of the startups and technologies emerging from Australian nanotechnology research, from carbon super capacitors and water splitting electrodes to smart surfaces and geo-textiles.

As well as delving into his expertise in materials science and electrode design, we'll hear about Dennis' career in industry as part of Aquahydrex, a clean-tech startup backed by True North Venture Partners, and more recently with Imagine Intelligent Materials, a pioneer in Australia's emerging graphene industry. 

Jump in to hear a fascinating perspective on the science of scale and the business of scaling. 

GUEST : Dr. Dennis Antiohos
https://www.linkedin.com/in/dennis-antiohos-ph-d-707a5833/

IMAGINE
http://imgne.com/

AQUAHYDREX
https://aquahydrex.com/

EON LABS : 
https://www.eonlabs.org/
https://eonjournal.com/

RENY DIGITAL :
https://renydigital.com/

HOST :
Dr. Leo Stevens
https://www.linkedin.com/in/leostevensinc/

MUSIC :
Purple Planet Music
https://www.purple-planet.com
Mixed by Dr. Nat Harris

009 - A HIVE OF ACTIVITY - Dr. Liz Barbour

009 - A HIVE OF ACTIVITY - Dr. Liz Barbour

May 4, 2020

A HIVE OF ACTIVITY 
Rural Zimbabwe is a world apart from the research labs of Australia, but Dr. Liz Barbour's childhood on the fertile plains of Africa fostered a curiosity in botany that has only grown over a lifetime at the intersection of science, agriculture and business.

Now the CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre in Honey Bee Products, Liz manages a collaborative network of researchers and industry partners that spans the breadth of Australia, and works on every aspect of bee productivity from crop pollination to modern medicine.  

Treat yourself to a scoop of Australian agriscience. 

GUEST : Dr. Liz Barbour
https://www.linkedin.com/in/liz-barbour-2032133/

HONEY BEE PRODUCTS CRC
http://www.crchoneybeeproducts.com/

2021 HONEY BEE CONFERENCE
http://www.crchoneybeeproducts.com/australasian-honey-bee-2021-research-conference/

EON LABS : 
https://www.eonlabs.org/
https://eonjournal.com/

RENY DIGITAL :
https://renydigital.com/

HOST :
Dr. Leo Stevens
https://www.linkedin.com/in/leostevensinc/

MUSIC :
Purple Planet Music
https://www.purple-planet.com
Mixed by Dr. Nat Harris

008 - THE ART OF SCIENCE - Molly Patton

008 - THE ART OF SCIENCE - Molly Patton

April 24, 2020

THE ART OF SCIENCE
Researchers spend years immersing themselves in study, yet pushing back the frontiers of knowledge requires not only technical expertise but also an ability to communicate to a broad audience. For many scientists the greatest challenge is not in the lab, but in crafting compelling communication for funding bodies, industry partners and the public.

Molly Patton believes the solution is visual. 

With a double degree from Deakin focused in Photography and Biochemistry - Molly has always fostered a dual passion for science and the arts. Now the founder and creative director of Patton'd Studios, she has taken on the challenge of crafting visual media that engages stakeholders from across the research-translation ecosystem. From conference presentations and journal cover art to pitch decks and web design, Molly is a passionate advocate for visual design at all stages of research and innovation, and firmly believes it has the power to attract new channels of funding and support for scientists of all stripes. 

GUEST : Molly Patton
https://www.linkedin.com/in/mollypatton/

PATTON'D STUDIOS
https://www.pattondstudios.com.au/

EON LABS : 
https://www.eonlabs.org/
https://eonjournal.com/

RENY DIGITAL :
https://renydigital.com/

HOST :
Dr. Leo Stevens
https://www.linkedin.com/in/leostevensinc/

MUSIC :
Purple Planet Music
https://www.purple-planet.com
Mixed by Dr. Nat Harris

007 - THE SURFING SCIENTIST - Prof. Marc in het Panhuis

007 - THE SURFING SCIENTIST - Prof. Marc in het Panhuis

April 17, 2020

THE SURFING SCIENTIST
As lead researcher for the Surf Flex Lab - Prof. Marc in het Panhuis can regularly be found testing the limits of surfboard and fin design both in the lab and on the ocean. Yet these projects are truely a world away from Marc's roots as a history-loving teen from the Netherlands.

In many ways Marc's career is even more wide ranging than it first appears - spanning not only geographies, but also technical fields including petrochemicals, nanotechnology, tissue engineering, soft robotics, edible electronics and surfing. 

Marc's unconventional approach to research was fostered in Ireland as an early hire for the European expansion of the MIT Media Lab, a role in which Marc worked directly with industry, presented science to U2, and saw the MIT brand open doors to business leaders all across Europe. 

In this episode we talk to Marc about flexibility in work, life and science, and hear how a love for the ocean has come to underpin his research as well as his down time. 

GUEST : Prof. Marc in Het Panhuis
https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcinhetpanhuis/
https://panhuis.org/wp/

SURF FLEX LAB
https://twitter.com/surfflexlab
https://www.swellnet.com/news/swellnet-dispatch/2019/09/13/visit-surf-flex-lab

EON LABS : 
https://www.eonlabs.org/
https://eonjournal.com/

RENY DIGITAL :
https://renydigital.com/

HOST :
Dr. Leo Stevens
https://www.linkedin.com/in/leostevensinc/

MUSIC :
Purple Planet Music
https://www.purple-planet.com
Mixed by Dr. Nat Harris

006 - AN ANGEL IN RESIDENCE - Alan Jones

006 - AN ANGEL IN RESIDENCE - Alan Jones

April 8, 2020

AN ANGEL IN RESIDENCE
Few people know the Australian technology sector quite like Alan Jones

From a vantage point in marketing in the early 90's Alan had a front row seat to the boom. Yet watching from the sidelines was never going to satisfy Alan's entrepreneurial itch - and he soon dove head first into the fast-paced world of the early internet. 

As a key hire for Yahoo's expansion into Australia - Alan experienced the highs and lows of the tech bubble from inside one of the internet's rising stars, gaining wealth and wisdom in equal measure. After bidding farewell to the newly crowned incumbent of the internet in 2003, Alan started several ventures of his own before ultimately finding his calling as an angel investor and adviser, fostering the next generation of Australian tech startups at some of Australia’s leading startup accelerators including Startmate, Blue Chilli, Pollenizer, muru-D and Remarkable.

Plug in for some truely fascinating perspectives on innovation, investment and the internet. 

GUEST : Alan Jones
https://www.linkedin.com/in/alanjones/

M8 VENTURES 
https://m8.ventures/

REMARKABLE
https://remarkable.org.au/

EON LABS 
https://www.eonlabs.org/
https://eonjournal.com/

RENY DIGITAL
https://renydigital.com/

HOST : Dr. Leo Stevens
https://www.linkedin.com/in/leostevensinc/

MUSIC : Purple Planet Music
https://www.purple-planet.com
Mixed by Dr. Nat Harris 

005 - SHARPENING AUSTRALIA’S COMPETITIVE EDGE  - Michael Sharpe

005 - SHARPENING AUSTRALIA’S COMPETITIVE EDGE - Michael Sharpe

April 1, 2020

SHARPENING AUSTRALIA'S COMPETITIVE EDGE
Michael Sharpe is the National Director of Australia's Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre - an organisation at the heart of the manufacturing industry's transition into the new age of digital fabrication. In this role Michael has travelled the length and breadth of Australia, forging links between businesses, academia and the government to ensure Australia’s manufacturers are innovative and competitive in an increasingly global marketplace.

Skipping a tertiary education to join the family's multi-generational business Sharpe Bros, Michael has primarily learned through hands-on experience, from operating a shovel to managing a multi-million dollar enterprise. Now with executive education from the Harvard Business School, a long history of community service and even a brief foray into politics under his belt, Michael brings a wealth of experience to the table as he works to bring about a quiet revolution in the Australian manufacturing sector. 

GUEST : Michael Sharpe
https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrmichaelsharpe

AMGC (Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre)
https://www.amgc.org.au/

MANUFACTURING ACADEMY 
https://www.manufacturingacademy.org.au/

SHARPE BROS 
http://www.sharpebros.com.au/

EON LABS 
https://www.eonlabs.org/
https://eonjournal.com/

RENY DIGITAL
https://renydigital.com/

HOST : Dr. Leo Stevens
https://www.linkedin.com/in/leostevensinc/

MUSIC : Purple Planet Music
https://www.purple-planet.com
Mixed by Dr. Nat Harris 

004 - THE COMMUNICATION CHALLENGE - Toni Stevens

004 - THE COMMUNICATION CHALLENGE - Toni Stevens

March 25, 2020

THE COMMUNICATION CHALLENGE
On this week's show we sit down with science-communicator and ecologist Toni Stevens to hear about the Australian Science Communicators Conference in Melbourne and how science communication is changing to confront the impacts of climate change. Toni also shares her tips on how young researchers can build a personal brand to position themselves for success in competitive landscape of research grants and science prizes. 

GUEST : Toni Stevens
https://www.linkedin.com/in/tonistevens/

LINKS : 
Rethinking Science Communication Models in Practice, Jennifer Metcalfe, PhD Thesis, ANU 2019 (https://openresearch-repository.anu.edu.au/handle/1885/165122)

iNaturalist (Bushfire Recovery Citizen Science Project)
https://www.inaturalist.org/

Australian Science Communicators - 11th Annual Conference 
http://asc2020.asc.asn.au/

EON LABS : 
https://www.eonlabs.org/
https://eonjournal.com/

RENY DIGITAL :
https://renydigital.com/

HOST :
Dr. Leo Stevens
https://www.linkedin.com/in/leostevensinc/

MUSIC :
Purple Planet Music
https://www.purple-planet.com
Mixed by Dr. Nat Harris

003 - FROM TROUBLES TO SOLUTIONS - Prof. Gordon Wallace

003 - FROM TROUBLES TO SOLUTIONS - Prof. Gordon Wallace

March 17, 2020

FROM TROUBLES TO SOLUTIONS
Born in 1958 in Belfast, Northern Ireland - Gordon Wallace's childhood was shaped by The Troubles, a religious and cultural schism that rocked the region for almost 50 years. A diligent work ethic and a passion for soccer helped Gordon keep his head above the fray, and ultimately allowed him to make the most of a fresh start in Australia when his family fled the increasingly violent conflict in 1972.

Since graduating with a doctoral degree in Electrochemistry from Deakin University, Gordon has spent most of his career at the leading edge of nanotechnology and polymer science. Initially focusing on the fundamental properties of conductive polymers, a chance encounter with Prof. Graham Clarke inspired a new branch of research in applied medicine and bionics that ultimately led Gordon to his current role as director for ACES, a research network covering applications as diverse as battery technology, solar cells, artificial muscles, tissue engineering and additive manufacturing.

Gordon’s has been the recipient of two honorary doctorates, a Eureka Prize for Research Leadership, the NSW Scientist of the Year Award and an Order of Australia medal, and he has also overseen the formation of several spin-out companies stemming from ACES research. 

GUEST : Professor Gordon Wallace 
https://www.linkedin.com/in/gordon-wallace-35b26850/

ACES (ARC Centre of Excellence in Electromaterials Science)
https://electromaterials.edu.au/

EON LABS 
https://www.eonlabs.org/
https://eonjournal.com/

RENY DIGITAL
https://renydigital.com/

HOST : Dr. Leo Stevens
https://www.linkedin.com/in/leostevensinc/

MUSIC : Purple Planet Music
https://www.purple-planet.com
Mixed by Dr. Nat Harris 

002 - ENERGY STORAGE - Dr. Jon Knott

002 - ENERGY STORAGE - Dr. Jon Knott

March 10, 2020

ENERGY STORAGE
The drive towards to a low-carbon future has driven tremendous progress in clean-energy solutions like solar power and wind turbines. In many cases these technologies are now economically-competitive with coal, nuclear and other base-load power sources on a per-kilowatt basis, however  a key challenge remains in ensuring this renewable energy can provide reliable electricity 24/7.

To complete our transition the electricity grid need a dramatic overhaul to incorporate distributed production, energy storage and demand-response solutions that ensure the system can cope with the increasing mismatch between power generation and consumer demand. 

Today we are joined by Dr. Jon Knott - a research fellow specialising in energy storage at the Institute for Superconductive and Electronic Materials - to discuss the emerging energy storage options and how we can update our electricity grid for the 21st century. 

GUEST : Dr. Jonathan Knott 
https://www.linkedin.com/in/joncknott/

EON LABS : 
https://www.eonlabs.org/
https://eonjournal.com/

RENY DIGITAL :
https://renydigital.com/

HOST :
Dr. Leo Stevens
https://www.linkedin.com/in/leostevensinc/

MUSIC :
Purple Planet Music
https://www.purple-planet.com 
Mixing by Dr. Nat Harris

001 - ROCK AND ROLL AND RESEARCH - Chris Gilbey OAM

001 - ROCK AND ROLL AND RESEARCH - Chris Gilbey OAM

March 10, 2020

ROCK AND ROLL AND RESEARCH
Chris Gilbey's career spans both industries and continents. Born in the UK in the aftermath of WWII and educated in South Africa in the midst of Apartheid, Chris Gilbey’s early life had its fair share of challenges. Yet they also fostered an entrepreneurial spirit that has seen Chris work well beyond the bounds of his engineering qualifications to take up careers as diverse as a guitarist, leather maker, music producer, sound engineer, consultant and more, experiencing all the highs and the lows that a life as an entrepreneur has to offer. 

Chris' current role is CEO of Imagine Intelligent Materials - a University spinout focused on realising the promise of graphene in active surfaces and sensing technologies. He is the current Chairman of the Australian Graphene Industry Association, and an Order of Australia medallist recognising his charitable work.

GUEST : Chris Gilbey OAM 
https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrisgilbey/

IMAGINE INTELLIGENT MATERIALS
http://imgne.com/

EON LABS : 
https://www.eonlabs.org/
https://eonjournal.com/

RENY DIGITAL :
https://renydigital.com/

HOST :
Dr. Leo Stevens
https://www.linkedin.com/in/leostevensinc/

MUSIC :
Purple Planet Music
https://www.purple-planet.com
Mixed by Dr. Nat Harris

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