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It has just been announced that Deakin is to be part of a cutting edge new ARC Centre of Excellence.
The ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) will be a collaboration between six Australian universities, with five new international partner organisations. Building on the significant achievements of the first Centre, the new funding brings together leading experts in materials, modelling, fabrication and device development, to create the next generation of electrochemical devices.
It is expected that new functional 3D devices, including soft robotic limbs and artificial body systems, will be developed in the centre.
The project has received $25 million in funding, for the development of work on smart nano-materials, to create 3D devices with advanced capabilities, including high levels of electrical conductivity and bio-compatability, meaning that the devices can function in the human body.
Deakin’s Australian Laureate Fellow, Professor Maria Forsyth, from the Institute for Frontier Materials, said that the new centre will provide a tremendous collaborative opportunity.
“The new Centre will really facilitate the collaboration that is needed for us to achieve ground-breaking research in the field,” said Professor Forsyth, Associate Director of ACES.
“This announcement gives us the ability to build on the existing strength of ACES, and it’s not just simply an extension of our current capabilities but a step up that will allow us to achieve greater outcomes.”
The Centre will particularly draw on Deakin’s work in the energy field, notably through the discovery of new materials and the understanding of charge transfer mechanisms and associated effects on material properties. Chief Investigators Prof Forsyth, Dr Jenny Pringle, Dr Patrick Howlett and Prof Xungai Wang will lead the centre’s energy and materials research at Deakin, while Prof Linda Hancock will work with the ACES team in the areas of Ethics, Policy and Public Engagement.
The novel biological systems explored by the centre will have profound implications for advances in materials development, energy conversion/storage, systems that interact with living tissue, soft robotics and other device areas.