Govt funds for graphene research

THE federal government has awarded the University of Adelaide $A2.6 million in funding to establish the Australian Research Centre Research Hub for Graphene Enabled Industry Transformation.

The uni will lead the new ARC Research Hub for Graphene Enabled Industry Transformation, with the University of Melbourne, Monash University and the University of South Australia all participating as collaborative partners in the program.

Other national and international collaborators include industry and research leaders from Australia, China, the US, UK, France and Spain, spanning mining and minerals, steel manufacturing, defence, and nanotechnology.

"Never has a material exhibited more potential to change the industrial world than graphene," hub director Professor Dusan Losic said.
"Our new national research hub will develop advanced materials, provide fit-for-purpose products and innovative solutions to a range of industries, such as advanced manufacturing, mining and minerals technology and services, medical technologies and pharmaceuticals, and defence.
"The aim is that our research will transform industry and support Australian businesses to embrace cutting-edge innovation and technologies that deliver high-value returns.”
The funding is part of the Australian government’s innovation push.