The ARC Training Centre for Portable Analytical Separation Technologies (ASTech) aims to develop new capabilities and technologies that have the potential to progress the deployment of portable separation science systems into society, as well as training the next generation of industry-ready researchers.

This will lead to the development of technologies that will drive the development of new, portable and affordable analytical separation systems, through transformation of analytical innovations into real-world applications, such as point-of-care diagnostics and environmental monitoring.

ASTech is a partnership between Trajan, the University of Tasmania (UTAS), University of South Australia (UniSA) and La Trobe University, combining research and industry knowledge to innovate in product design, development and manufacturing techniques.

  • A $5.2M program over 3 years.
  • Trajan is the sole commercial collaborator.
  • 13 scientists aligned with Trajan vision and infrastructure.

Research themes

    • Micro-sampling
    • Enzyme reactors and trap technology
    • Micro SPE (solid phase extraction)
    • Lab-in-a-syringe
    • Multidimensional strategies
    • Packed micro-channels
    • Microchip columns
    • Bio-selective phases
    • Interfaces for miniaturized MS
    • Optical biosensors
    • Platform integration

Research opportunities

  • 11 Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Scholarships (3 years funding) (positions filled)
  • 3 Post-doctoral Research Fellowships (3 years funding) (positions filled)

Recruitment is on a global basis.

  • Research will primarily be undertaken at University of Tasmania and University of South Australia.
  • Candidates and post-doctoral researchers will spend a minimum of one of the three years within industry, at Trajan and/or Trajan’s partner organizations around the world.

Partnership opportunities

ASTech plays an important part in Trajan’s mission to develop collaborative partnerships. Trajan is seeking to engage global business partners in some specific research themes. Supplemental agreements may include:

  • Exclusive engagement in a specific project element.
  • Deployment of a Centre research candidate within partner organization.

To discuss partnership opportunities please contact us.


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  • University of Tasmania

    The University of Tasmania (UTAS) is Trajan's founding academic partner in ASTech. 

    UTAS has a growing reputation as one of Australia’s foremost teaching and research institutions. With a history spanning 125 years, the university is ranked in the top ten research universities in Australia and in the top two per cent of universities in the world and has excellent facilities for research in separation science.

  • The University of South Australia (UniSA) became an ASTech academic partner in 2016. 

    UniSA has an outstanding track record in end-user driven research, and through the Future Industries Institute continues a commitment to conducting research that is deeply engaged with industry. UniSA is committed to solving complex, real-world problems in collaboration with government, industry, commerce, the professions and other community groups.

  • La Trobe University (La Trobe) became an ASTech academic partner in 2017. 

    La Trobe University is home to the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS) and Centre for Materials and Surface Science (CMSS); with a commitment to solving global problems and improving the welfare of human societies.

  • Australian Research Council

    The Australian Research Council (ARC) is committed to providing funding under the National Competitive Grants Program Industrial Transformation Training Centres Scheme to foster close partnerships between university-based researchers and industry to provide innovative training for young researchers vital to Australia’s future industry.

    This includes ASTech, established by Trajan and UTAS.