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The Institute for Frontier Material’s Dr Ludovic Dumée has been recognised for his achievement in making the semi-finals of the BASF Science and Technology Award at the 2013 Victorian Younger Achiever Awards.
Dr Dumée was presented with his prize by The Honourable Ryan Smith, Minister for Youth Affairs in Victoria.
A recent recruit to IFM, Dr Dumée did his PhD through CSIRO and Victoria University.
In his new role as a research fellow at Deakin his work is focussed on gas separation and water desalination.
A materials engineer who enjoys working on multi-disciplinary projects he is currently investigating routes to fabricate nano-porous metal membranes by de-alloying, metal nano-fibre spinning, nano-particle electrical sintering and metal functionalised block co-polymer self-assembly.
Dr Dumée has worked for more than five years in separation science across a variety of purification systems (membrane distillation, nano-filtration, electro-dialysis, reverse osmosis). He also works across a team of researchers at Victoria University on novel pathways to reduce fouling and enhance polymeric membranes chemical resistance.
He previously worked on carbon nanotube membranes for fast vapour transport and on nano-lithography techniques based on X-ray irradiation to pattern carbon nanotube surfaces.
Although primarily interested in nano-separation, Dr Dumée has also previously worked on joint projects on flexible electronics devices fabrication, graphene interface chemistry and advanced composite materials.
He is also a co-supervisor and advisor for three PhD students.