You can view the full manuscript here.
We would like to thanks the authors of the paper to acknowledging the contributions from Miriad Technologies made to this great work.
May 17th saw the Knowledge Commercialisation Australia (KCA) Demo Day at Google Sydney. A total of eight start ups got together to pitch their ideas to a crowd of investors, researchers, and members of the general public. Miriad Technologies, nominated to present by James Alexander from the Incubate program, pitched on the development of mid-infrared spectrometers for applications in sensor technologies.
On top of visiting the incredible facilities that Google Sydney offers, we had some great mentoring from the greatest minds on start ups and growing businesses. Big thanks to those who came along and wishing the best for the other starts-ups that did so well this night!
Below: Tomonori Hu pitching the future of mid-IR technologies to "see the invisible".
Check out the other great Aussie-based tech start ups below!
Hypetap - a platform which connects agencies, brands and influencers to work on marketing campaigns together
Chatterbox - a new education technology startup developing a specialised online learning platform for students and teachers of debating and public speaking.
Storekat - an aggregation service for Self Storage providers that functions as a peer to peer platform, with a purpose to expand their online presence in the marketplace.
Vald Performance - a sports technology startup formed out of Queensland University of Technology (QUT) to commercialise an innovative hamstring testing system.
Me3D - creating the worlds best 3D printing educational package.
Certified Renewable - certifying businesses that use 100% renewable energy.
Anonalytix - Data Privacy and Security specialists whose goal is to improve the protection of everyone's personal and sensitive data worldwide.
Congratulations to all our new friends!
A nice gem on why we need a mid-IR camera as opposed to a generic infrared camera. We often say in the research community that "mid-IR is in the fingerprint region", "there is a mid-IR transparency window in the atmosphere", "mid-IR..."...etc. In particular the lower end of the mid-infrared, 1-5 microns, has some interesting applications beginning with methane sensing.
Another important application - seeing through flames when doing thermography. Andy Whitcher highlights in this video that a portion of the mid-IR can penetrate through flames, giving clear information through, for instance, a furnace.
The ABC show Q&A featured the topic of Innovation in Australia, featuring a University of Sydney research representative - Dr. Michael Biercuk. The program sparked interesting conversation regarding the national innovation statement, and whether the ratio of funding into university research and small stage start-ups is making sense.
The need of government support and investment into all levels of innovation from early stage start up Incubators and next generation technologies like Quantum Computers was discussed. Miriad Technologies, founded by University of Sydney researchers, also feels responsible to show active involvement in this conversation in future. Great to see that Australia is now seriously having this discussion to catch up to the rest of the world.
The full program available here.
Miriad technologies is a recent 'graduate' of the start up accelerator program Incubate. We're extremely proud to be part of the start-up Class 7 featuring a wide range of entrepreneurs from drone technologies (Iridium Dynamics) to block-chain based equity management (Horyzon).
Tomonori Hu from Miriad Technologies pitches the idea of using mid-infrared spectroscopy to transform the way in which chemical sensing is done in the food industry. Moving beyond the academic industry and delivering field usable devices to the field is our vision at Miriad Technologies.
Find out more about Incubate Demo Day here.
On the 3rd of February Miriad Technologies displayed the technology of our spectrometer at the CUDOS Workshop 2016. At this academic gathering of more than 200 researchers both from local Australia and around the world, we demonstrated the Miriad Spectrometer.
We had a live Quantum Cascade laser running at 4 microns, with real time wavelength measurements made from our compact device (see below!). CUDOS brings together a powerful team of Australian and international researchers in the field of photonics - one of their flagship projects being the Mid-infrared Photonics research group. This project focuses on guiding, dispersing, concentrating, and detecting light at the mid-infrared wavelengths.
For example the quantum cascade laser was used for research at the University of Sydney for characterising mid-infrared photonic waveguides, such as the silicon-on-sapphire platforms. This research lead to a break through demonstration of a light source to be used for early detection of disease and pollution - more on this research here.
Relevant publication: Optica Vol 2, Issue 9, page 797 "Midinfrared supercontinuum generation from 2 to 6 μm in a silicon nanowire" (2015)
More details on the spectrometer can be found here.