ANFF-Vic Biointerface Engineering Hub @ Swinburne

Interfacing Biology with Technology


Dr. Karyn Jarvis


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The Biointerface Engineering Hub of the Australian Nanofabrication Facility (ANFF) based at Swinburne University of Technology focuses on the use of synthetic and biological components to create materials and surfaces with new properties. The end use may be for biomedical applications such as implantable devices or cell culture, but could just as easily be applied in the sensing of environmental contaminants or the modification of materials used in the food industry.


Our facility has a wide range of capabilities in surface modification, including thin films, polymer grafting, biomolecule immobilisation  and bioactive coatings in polymers, ceramics and metals.
Outcomes from the Biointerface Engineering Hub have a wide range of applications including drug-membrane studies, surface tensions measurements, selective patterning of different molecules at different sites and studying viscoelastic behaviours of thin-films and adsorbed/immobilised layers.


Major collaboration and projects can be negotiated. Enquiries should be directed to Professor Sally McArthur or Dr. Karyn Jarvis.

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Dr. Karyn Jarvis

Dr. Karyn Jarvis

Facility Manager at Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn Campus.

Karyn has recently commenced as a Research Engineer at the ANFF Victoria Biointerface Engineering Hub at the Swinburne University of Technology. Her background is in surface modification and surface characterisation. Karyn has previously held postdoctoral appointments at the Mawson Institute, University of South Australia and the Institute of Materials Engineering, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation. She has expertise in thin film deposition techniques of plasma polymerization and atomic layer deposition and a number of surface analysis techniques including XPS, ToF-SIMS, AFM, zeta potential and ellipsometry. Karyn has previously worked with materials for drug delivery, water treatment and solar cell applications.

P: 0392143898 | Email | Linked In | Research Gate | Twitter |

Professor Sally McArthur

Professor Sally McArthur

Facility Director at Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn Campus.

P: 0392148452 | Email |



Spectroscopic Ellispometer used for Thin Film Characterisation.

Instrument specialist and preferred contact: Karyn Jarvis | 0392143898

KSV-NIMA Multivessel Dipcoater

Multivessel dipcoater used for multiple dipping of a single substrate in different solutions.

Instrument specialist and preferred contact: Karyn Jarvis | 0392143898

Langmuir Blodgett Trough

Surface coatings and analysis used for film formation on gas/liquid and liquid/liquid interface, and solid substrates.

Instrument specialist and preferred contact: Karyn Jarvis | 0392143898

Plasma Polymerisation Reactors

Reactor for the deposition of plasma polymerised films via plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD) used for etching, treating and deposition on surfaces.

Instrument specialist and preferred contact: Karyn Jarvis | 0392143898

Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM)

Quartz Crystal Microbalance used for Characterisation of thin films.

Instrument specialist and preferred contact: Karyn Jarvis | 0392143898

UV/Ozone Cleaner

UV/Ozone Cleaner used for Surface preparation and cleaning.

Instrument specialist and preferred contact: Karyn Jarvis | 0392143898


ANFF-Vic Biointerface Engineering Hub @ Swinburne

Swinburne University of Technology, . John St, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia.

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Type: Core facility in a research organisation, Research laboratory
Discipline areas: Biological Science, Engineering Science, Materials Science, Nano Science, Physical Science
Precinct: South east
Affiliations: Swinburne University of Technology

Biological Science categories: Assay development, Bio-Assay, Cell culture, Cells and tissues, Confocal, Diagnostics, ELISA, Fluorescence, Microscopy, Properties and interactions, Proteins and peptides

Tags: bacteria, bioengineering, biointerface, biomaterials, biosensing, characterisation, coatings, manufacturing, materials, thin films, tissue engineering