AIBN Building

The $75 million AIBN is a triumph in research institute architecture.

As part of the joint UQQueensland Government and The Atlantic Philanthropies-funded project, Jackson/S2F Architectural Joint Venture has created a six-level facility which blends effortlessly into its eucalypt and rainforest surrounds and is safeguarded from the energy-sapping effects of the sun.

After just over two years of construction, the building features a gross floor area of 15,689 square metres.

The architects have created a building that brings together key University research groups from the biological, chemical and physical sciences.

In fact, the AIBN, connected to the neighbouring Molecular Biosciences Building by a walkway, will house up to 365 staff and research students, including many returning to Australia from overseas, as well as those attracted from local and interstate institutions.

To combat the effects of Brisbane’s subtropical climate, sun-shading devices consisting of metallic fins have been installed on windows on the southern side, with devices consisting of a finer filagree screen of perforated metal slats on the northern and eastern sides.

The complex will consist mainly of research laboratories – 16 in total – with the three largest measuring 278, 281 and 303 square metres in area.

Specialist facilities in the AIBN include: 

  • Cell and tissue culture facilities; 
  • Nanoparticle production and analysis capabilities; 
  • Polymer Synthesis and Characterisation; 
  • Microanalysis; and 
  • Ultra-High Performance Flow Cytometry.

In addition, AIBN is also comprised of facilities critical to its research endeavours such as the Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis and the Centre for Computational Molecular Science.

The building also features: 

  • Reticulation systems for essential scientific gases such as natural gas, nitrogen and carbon dioxide, as well as vacuum and compressed air to outlets throughout the facility 
  • 58 fume cupboards ensuring a safe working environment 
  • A back-up electrical generator designed to maintain AIBN’s critical samples during power outages 
  • A human-made, rock-lined water course and 
  • Bicycle racks and associated changing facilities.

Flow Cytometry Facilities

AIBN researchers have access to an extensive suite of flow cytometry instrumentation.

Instruments and expertise include:

  • Cytopeia Influx Cell Sorter: the most advanced cell sorting flow cytometer in the suite of instruments, currently configured with four lasers and nineteen detectors all housed in a Class II certified laminar flow cabinet. This instrument has multi-well plate handling capability for both sample acquisition and deposition making it ideally suited to screening applications of novel compounds on neural cells and selection of subsequent responding cells.
  • BD FACSAria Cell Sorter: This high capacity cell sorter fitted with fourteen fluorescent detectors, multi-well plate cell deposition option and aerosol management is ideally placed to fulfill the research needs of scientists requiring more routine multi parametric cell sorting.
  • BD FACSVantage SE DiVa Cell Sorter: comprises a three-laser, eight fluorescence detector system capable of sorting for routine applications such as surface markers and DNA binding dyes but also novel particle separations but utilizing nozzles with diameters up to 400um. These large nozzles facilitate the sorting of various neural cell populations that are in some cases, twice as large as those blood cell types that are typically sorted.
  • BD LSR II analyzing flow cytometer that can simultaneously detect as many as 18 fluorochromes, which are excited from four individual lasers (UV, 407, 488, 633nm). This instrument increases QBI's analytical capabilities by providing additional excitation wavelengths and making available some of the sorter time that is currently dedicated to analysis.

National Research and Development Infrastructure

AIBN has a dynamic research environment with teams working at the interface of the biological, chemical and physical sciences.

The institute conducts world-class research in nanoscale science, technology and engineering and is committed translating this research into commercial outcomes.

Integral to AIBN's ongoing research success is a unique combination of facilities and capabilities, which includes the National Research and Development Infrastructure.

The infrastructure is valued at over $30 million and was established with the strong support of the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), the Queensland government and The University of Queensland. The expertise and equipment available enables AIBN and the Australian research community to conduct globally competitive research in:

Embedded in the AIBN's integrated multidisciplinary research environment, the infrastructure maximises the value of the institute's strong industry focus by:

  • Promoting linkages with local companies;
  • Assisting in the development of new industries; and
  • Advancing the AIBN's translational research programs.

The infrastructure ensures that AIBN plays a leading role in increasing the number of Queensland and Australian businesses undertaking research, development and innovation.

The Infrastructure's expertise and equipment are available to the broader Australian research community, which includes industry, academia and private organisations.