University of Adelaide News | 5 July 2013
The University of Adelaide has opened its new $100 million science and research building, The Braggs, named after two of its greatest alumni, 1915 Nobel Laureates Sir William Henry Bragg and his son, Sir William Lawrence Bragg.
The building houses the University’s world-leading Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) and other learning and research facilities.
The Braggs, funded in part with a $29 million grant from the Commonwealth government, will house more than 10,000 square metres of research and teaching space, as well as state-of-the-art laboratories.
Minister for innovation Senator Kim Carr said The Braggs is a fitting home for IPAS researchers.
Here we have outstanding researchers, led by an outstanding scientific leader in Professor Tanya Monro, working across disciplines on projects whose applications are endless. It follows that their headquarters is a state-of-the-art building, the likes of which this country has not seen before.
IPAS scientists work with photonics and soft glass optical fibre to improve measurement and sensing technology. This has direct applications in fields from defence and manufacturing, to health and the environment.
Current projects include a new sensor to detect early-stage gastric cancer, and optical fibres that identify corrosion in military planes.
The Braggs will include unique laboratories, including for glass processing, optical fibre fabrication, luminescence dating and atmospheric sensing, as well as a 420-seat lecture theatre, two floors of state-of-the-art teaching laboratories
The institute was established to build on the success of the university’s Centre for Expertise in Photonics research into the generation and control of light.