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This partnership is between the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences (CATAS) and Deakin's Centre for Material and Fibre Innovation (CMFI).
The CMFI is a multidisciplinary research group that addresses the needs of the materials manufacturing industries. Recently, its research has broadened to include advanced materials for automotive and aerospace applications, functional fibres and technical textiles, and biomaterials.
CATAS is engaged in research for sustainable rural and agricultural development in tropical and subtropical China. It has 10 research institutes, a number of national, ministerial and provincial laboratories, and inspecting, analytical and test centres.
In August 2007, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was established between CFMI and CATAS which established the following common interests and goals:
The partnership is about sharing expertise between the Academy and Deakin, and the associated relationships are defined by collaboration. They are based on common interests, complementary skills, shared resources, and research training (e.g. research fellows exchanged between countries). There is also a cross-cultural dimension to the partnership with key partners spending time in each culture.
A joint research centre of advanced materials has been established and a number of research projects have been developed. The benefits of this partnership are: