Prof Russell Varley

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Professor of Composite Materials

Faculty

Instit for Frontier Materials

Department

Instit for Frontier Materials

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Contact

Research interests

Materials chemistry of advanced composites; structure/property/durability relationships in engineering polymers and composites, toughening of composites, self-healing polymers and composites, high temperature resins, processing of thermoplastic composites via ring opening polymerisation; nano-composite and nano-structured materials; computational methods for crosslinked polymers; synthesis and characterisation of novel epoxy resins

Knowledge areas

Materials chemistry of advanced composites: Monomer synthesis and resin development for network polymers, high performance processable thermoplastic composites, self healing materials, toughening of composites, structure/property relationships in engineering and network polymers.

Awards

  1. AAS/JSPS Research Visits to Japan, Travelling Fellowship, 2014
  2. Newton-Turner Award for Scientific Excellence at CSIRO, 2012
  3. Australia-Malaysia Institute, Grant for Science and Technology Exchange to Malaysia, 2012
  4. CSIRO Medal for Business Excellence, PETRONAS Engagement Team, 2009
  5. CSIRO-Monash Collaborative Research Support Scheme 2007/2008
  6. Australian Academy of Science Travelling Fellowship to Europe (University of Padova and the Czech Institute of Macromolecular Sciences), 2005
  7. CSIRO Chief Executive’s Study Award, 1999

Publications

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2016

Adhesives performance of 3-layer PE pipe coatings: effects of MAH loading, PE particles size, coating interval time and service temperature

M Samsudin, M Dell'Olio, K Leong, Z Ahamid, R Varley

(2016), Vol. 99, pp. 157-165, Progress in organic coatings, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Polymer coatings for oilfield pipelines

R Varley, K Leong

(2016), Vol. 233, pp. 385-428, Active protective coatings, New York, N.Y., B1-1

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Poly(ethylene-co-methacrylic acid) (EMAA) as an efficient healing agent for high performance epoxy networks using diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A (DGEBA)

K Pingkarawat, C Dell'Olio, R Varley, A Mouritz

(2016), Vol. 92, pp. 153-163, Polymer, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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2015

Effect of modification of cyclic butylene terephthalate on crystallinity and properties after ring-opening polymerisation

C Dell'Olio, S Leonard, B Dao, R Varley, K Pingkarawat

(2015), Vol. 50, pp. 8073-8088, Journal of materials science, New York, N.Y., C1-1

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An efficient healing agent for high temperature epoxy composites based upon tetra-glycidyl diamino diphenyl methane

K Pingkarawat, C Dell'Olio, R Varley, A Mouritz

(2015), Vol. 78, pp. 201-210, Composites Part A: applied science and manufacturing, Doetinchem, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Epoxy/poly(ethylene-co-methacrylic acid) blends as thermally activated healing agents in an epoxy/amine network

C Dell'Olio, Q Yuan, R Varley

(2015), Vol. 300, pp. 70-79, Macromolecular materials and engineering, Weinheim, Germany, C1-1

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2014

Mechanical properties of mendable composites containing self-healing thermoplastic agents

K Pingkarawat, C Wang, R Varley, A Mouritz

(2014), Vol. 65, pp. 10-18, Composites part A: applied science and manufacturing, Kidlington, Eng., C1-1

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Synthesis and characterisation of new sulphur-containing epoxy networks

W Vogel, T Dingemans, R Varley, W Tian, B Dao, S Tucker, S Christensen

(2014), Vol. 26, pp. 420-435, High performance polymers, London, Eng., C1-1

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Healing of fatigue delamination cracks in carbon-epoxy composite using mendable polymer stitching

K Pingkarawat, C Wang, R Varley, A Mouritz

(2014), Vol. 25, pp. 75-86, Journal of intelligent material systems and structures, London, Eng., C1-1

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Low-molecular-weight thermoplastic modifiers as effective healing agents in mendable epoxy networks

R Varley, B Dao, C Pillsbury, S Kalista, F Jones

(2014), Vol. 25, pp. 107-117, Journal of intelligent material systems and structures, London, Eng., C1-1

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Special topic issue on self-healing materials: preface

I Bond, R Trask, R Varley

(2014), Vol. 25, pp. 3-3, Journal of intelligent material systems and structures, London, Eng., C1-1

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2013

Thermo-reversible healing in a crosslinked polymer network containing covalent and thermo-reversible bonds

S Khor, R Varley, S Shen, Q Yuan

(2013), Vol. 128, pp. 3743-3750, Journal of applied polymer science, London, Eng., C1-1

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Different ? nucleants and the resultant microstructural, fracture, and tensile properties for filled and unfilled ISO polypropylene

R Varley, M Dell'Olio, Q Yuan, S Khor, K Leong, S Bateman

(2013), Vol. 128, pp. 619-627, Journal of applied polymer science, London, Eng., C1-1

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Thermoplastic healing in epoxy networks: exploring performance and mechanism of alternative healing agents

R Varley, D Craze, A Mouritz, C Wang

(2013), Vol. 298, pp. 1232-1242, Macromolecular materials and engineering, Weinheim, Germany, C1-1

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Healing of carbon fibre-epoxy composites using thermoplastic additives

K Pingkarawat, T Bhat, D Craze, C Wang, R Varley, A Mouritz

(2013), Vol. 4, pp. 5007-5015, Polymer chemistry, Cambridge, Eng., C1-1

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Effect of ionic content on ballistic self-healing in EMAA copolymers and ionomers

S Kalista, J Pflug, R Varley

(2013), Vol. 4, pp. 4910-4926, Polymer Chemistry, United Kingdom, C1-1

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Effect of mendable polymer stitch density on the toughening and healing of delamination cracks in carbon-epoxy laminates

K Pingkarawat, C Wang, R Varley, A Mouritz

(2013), Vol. 50, pp. 22-30, Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, United Kingdom, C1-1

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The effect of surface treatments on the mechanical properties of basalt-reinforced epoxy composites

R Varley, W Tian, K Leong, A Leong, F Fredo, M Quaresimin

(2013), Vol. 34, pp. 320-329, Polymer Composites, United States, C1-1

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2012

Phosphorus intercalation of halloysite nanotubes for enhanced fire properties of polyamide 6

D Marney, W Yang, L Russell, S Shen, T Nguyen, Q Yuan, R Varley, S Li

(2012), Vol. 23, pp. 1564-1571, Polymers for Advanced Technologies, United Kingdom, C1-1

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self-healing of delamination fatigue cracks in carbon fibre-epoxy laminate using mendable thermoplastic

K Pingkarawat, C Wang, R Varley, A Mouritz

(2012), Vol. 47, pp. 4449-4456, Journal of Materials Science, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Self-healing of delamination cracks in mendable epoxy matrix laminates using poly[ethylene-co-(methacrylic acid)] thermoplastic

K Pingkarawat, C Wang, R Varley, A Mouritz

(2012), Vol. 43, pp. 1301-1307, Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, United Kingdom, C1-1

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emaa as a healing agent for mendable high temperature epoxy amine thermosets

R Varley, F Charve

(2012), Vol. 43, pp. 1073-1080, Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Confirmation of the healing mechanism in a mendable EMAA-epoxy resin

S Meure, R Varley, D Wu, S Mayo, K Nairn, S Furman

(2012), Vol. 48, pp. 524-531, European Polymer Journal, United Kingdom, C1-1

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thermally activated healing in a mendable resin using a non woven emaa fabric

R Varley, G Parn

(2012), Vol. 72, pp. 453-460, Composites Science and Technology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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2010

The effect of cluster plasticisation on the self healing behaviour of ionomers

R Varley, S Shen, S van der Zwaag

(2010), Vol. 51, pp. 679-686, Polymer, United Kingdom, C1-1

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Designing green, self-healing coatings for metal protection

A Hughes, I Cole, T Muster, R Varley

(2010), Vol. 2, pp. 143-151, NPG Asia Materials, Japan, C1-1

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Biocompatibility and modification of the protein-based adhesive secreted by the Australian frog Notaden bennetti

L Graham, S Danon, G Johnson, C Braybrook, N Hart, R Varley, M Evans, G McFarland, M Tyler, J Werkmeister, J Ramshaw

(2010), Vol. 93, pp. 429-441, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A, United States, C1-1

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Autonomous damage initiated healing in a thermo-responsive ionomer

R Varley, S van der Zwaag

(2010), Vol. 59, pp. 1031-1038, Polymer International, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

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2008

Moisture induced crack filling in barrier coatings containing montmorillonite as an expandable phase

F Miccichè, H Fischer, R Varley, S van der Zwaag

(2008), Vol. 202, pp. 3346-3353, Surface and coatings technology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Development of a quasi-static test method to investigate the origin of self-healing in ionomers under ballistic conditions

R Varley, S van der Zwaag

(2008), Vol. 27, pp. 11-19, Polymer testing, London, Eng., C1-1

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Understanding the effect of nano-modifier addition upon the properties of fibre reinforced laminates

M Quaresimin, R Varley

(2008), Vol. 68, pp. 718-726, Composites science and technology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Preparation and characterisation of polyamide-polyimide organoclay nanocomposites

R Varley, A Groth, K Leong

(2008), Vol. 57, pp. 618-625, Polymer international, West Sussex, United Kingdom, C1-1

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The role of nanodispersion on the fire performance of organoclay-polyamide nanocomposites

R Varley, A Groth, K Leong

(2008), Vol. 68, pp. 2882-2891, Composites science and technology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Towards an understanding of thermally activated self-healing of an ionomer system during ballistic penetration

R Varley, S van der Zwaag

(2008), Vol. 56, pp. 5737-5750, Acta materialia, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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2007

Understanding the decomposition and fire performance processes in phosphorus and nanomodified high performance epoxy resins and composites

W Liu, R Varley, G Simon

(2007), Vol. 48, pp. 2345-2354, Polymer, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Effect of ultrasonic dispersion methods on thermal and mechanical properties of organoclay epoxy nanocomposites

K Dean, J Krstina, W Tian, R Varley

(2007), Vol. 292, pp. 415-427, Macromolecular materials and engineering, London, Eng., C1-1

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Reaction kinetics and phase transformations during cure of a thermoplastic-modified epoxy thermoset

R Varley

(2007), Vol. 292, pp. 46-61, Macromolecular materials and engineering, London, Eng., C1-1

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2006

Phosphorus-containing diamine for flame retardancy of high functionality epoxy resins. Part II. The thermal and mechanical properties of mixed amine systems

W Liu, R Varley, G Simon

(2006), Vol. 47, pp. 2091-2098, Polymer, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Investigation of the reaction mechanism of different epoxy resins using a phosphorus-based hardener

R Varley, W Liu, G Simon

(2006), Vol. 99, pp. 3288-3299, Journal of applied polymer science, London, Eng., C1-1

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2005

Toughening of a carbon fibre reinforced epoxy anhydride composite using an epoxy terminated hyperbranched modifier

M DeCarli, K Kozielski, W Tian, R Varley

(2005), Vol. 65, pp. 2156-2166, Composites science and technology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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2004

Processing and chemorheology of epoxy resins and their blends with dendritic hyperbranched polymers

D Ratna, R Varley, G Simon

(2004), Vol. 92, pp. 1604-1610, Journal of applied polymer science, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

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Effect of organo-phosphorus and nano-clay materials on the thermal and fire performance of epoxy resins

M Hussain, R Varley, Z Mathys, Y Cheng, G Simon

(2004), Vol. 91, pp. 1233-1253, Journal of applied polymer science, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

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A phosphorus-containing diamine for flame-retardant, high-functionality epoxy resins. I. synthesis, reactivity, and thermal degradation properties

W Liu, R Varley, G Simon

(2004), Vol. 92, pp. 2093-2100, Journal of applied polymer science, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

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Influence of substituents on the kinetics of epoxy/aromatic diamine resin systems

H Liu, A Uhlherr, R Varley, M Bannister

(2004), Vol. 42, pp. 3143-3156, Journal of polymer science: part A: polymer chemistry, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

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Thermal stability and water uptake of high performance epoxy layered silicate nanocomposites

O Becker, R Varley, G Simon

(2004), Vol. 40, pp. 187-195, European polymer journal, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Toughening of epoxy resin systems using low-viscosity additives

R Varley

(2004), Vol. 53, pp. 78-84, Polymer international, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

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Toughening of an epoxy anhydride resin system using an epoxidized hyperbranched polymer

R Varley, W Tian

(2004), Vol. 53, pp. 69-77, Polymer international, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

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2003

Nanocomposites based on a combination of epoxy resin, hyperbranched epoxy and a layered silicate

D Ratna, O Becker, R Krishnamurthy, G Simon, R Varley

(2003), Vol. 44, pp. 7449-7457, Polymer, London, Eng., C1-1

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Thermal and mechanical characterisation of intercalated epoxy nanocomposites

O Becker, G Simon, R Varley, Y Cheng, J Hodgkin

(2003), Vol. 19, pp. 199-217, International journal of materials and product technology, Olney, Eng., C1-1

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Clay-reinforced epoxy nanocomposites

D Ratna, N Manoj, R Varley, R Singh Raman, G Simon

(2003), Vol. 52, pp. 1403-1407, Polymer international, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

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Layered silicate nanocomposites based on various high-functionality epoxy resins: the influence of cure temperature on morphology, mechanical properties, and free volume

O Becker, Y-B Cheng, R Varley, G Simon

(2003), Vol. 36, pp. 1616-1625, Macromolecules, Washington, D.C., C1-1

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Synthesis, thermal behavior, and cone calorimetry of organophosphorus epoxy materials

M Hussain, R Varley, M Zenka, G Simon

(2003), Vol. 90, pp. 3696-3707, Journal of applied polymer science, Hoboken, N.J., C1-1

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Toughening of trifunctional epoxy using an epoxy-functionalized hyperbranched polymer

D Ratna, R Varley, G Simon

(2003), Vol. 89, pp. 2339-2345, Journal of applied polymer science, Hoboken, N.J., C1-1

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Layered silicate nanocomposites based on various high-functionality epoxy resins: the influence of an organoclay on resin cure

O Becker, G Simon, R Varley, P Halley

(2003), Vol. 43, pp. 850-862, Polymer engineering and science, Hoboken, N.J., C1-1

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Studies on blends of epoxy-functionalized hyperbranched polymer and epoxy resin

D Ratna, R Varley, R Singh Raman, G Simon

(2003), Vol. 38, pp. 147-154, Journal of materials science, Berlin, Germany, C1-1

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2002

Morphology, thermal relaxations and mechanical properties of layered silicate nanocomposites based upon high-functionality epoxy resins

O Becker, R Varley, G Simon

(2002), Vol. 43, pp. 4365-4373, Polymer, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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2001

Toughening of a trifunctional epoxy system part VI. Structure property relationships of the thermoplastic toughened system

R Varley, J Hodgkin, G Simon

(2001), Vol. 42, pp. 3847-3858, Polymer, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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2000

Toughening of a trifunctional epoxy system part III. Kinetic and morphological study of the thermoplastic modified cure process

R Varley, J Hodgkin, D Hawthorne, G Simon, D McCulloch

(2000), Vol. 41, pp. 3425-3436, Polymer, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Toughening of trifunctional epoxy system. V. Structure-property relationships of neat resin

R Varley, J Hodgkin, G Simon

(2000), Vol. 77, pp. 237-248, Journal of applied polymer science, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

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1998

Thermoplastic toughening of epoxy resins: a critical review

J Hodgkin, G Simon, R Varley

(1998), Vol. 9, pp. 3-10, Polymers for advanced technologies, New York, N.Y., C1-1

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1997

Effect of reinforcing fibres on the morphology of a toughened epoxy/amine system

R Varley, J Hodgkin

(1997), Vol. 38, pp. 1005-1009, Polymer, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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1995

Toughening of a trifunctional epoxy system: 1. Near infra-red spectroscopy study of homopolymer cure

R Varley, G Heath, D Hawthorne, J Hodgkin, G Simon

(1995), Vol. 36, pp. 1347-1355, Polymer, London, Eng., C1-1

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1993

Toughening epoxy resins with polyepichlorohydrin

M Jackson, L Edmond, R Varley, P Warden

(1993), Vol. 48, pp. 1259-1269, Journal of applied polymer science, Hoboken, N.J., C1-1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

A World Class Future Fibre Industry Transformation Research Hub

Prof Xungai Wang, Prof Bronwyn Fox, Prof Tong Lin, A/Prof Joselito Razal, A/Prof Jingliang Li, A/Prof Luke Henderson, Dr Nolene Byrne, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Alessandra Sutti, Dr Minoo Naebe, Dr Christopher Hurren, Dr Murray Height, Prof Mark Kirkland, Dr Ashley Denmead, Dr Rodney Dilley, Prof Marcus Atlas, Mr Grant Mackintosh, Prof Gregory Rutledge, A/Prof Friedrich Vollrath, Prof David Kaplan, Prof Uwe Pieles, Dr Rudolf Hufenus, A/Prof Jeffrey Wiggins, Dr Ian Blanchonette, Prof Russell Varley, Dr Tony Pierlot, Dr Salwan Al-Assafi, Dr Linda Hillbrick, Dr Mandy De Souza

ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs

  • 2017: $829,008
  • 2016: $990,154
  • 2015: $1,434,570

Other Public Sector Funding

Development of an Improved Polymer Roller Shell

Prof Russell Varley

  • 2017: $23,796

Industry and Other Funding

A World Class Future Fibre Industry Transformation Research Hub

Prof Xungai Wang, Prof Bronwyn Fox, Prof Tong Lin, A/Prof Joselito Razal, A/Prof Jingliang Li, A/Prof Luke Henderson, Dr Nolene Byrne, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Alessandra Sutti, Dr Minoo Naebe, Dr Christopher Hurren, Dr Murray Height, Prof Mark Kirkland, Dr Ashley Denmead, Dr Rodney Dilley, Prof Marcus Atlas, Mr Grant Mackintosh, Prof Gregory Rutledge, A/Prof Friedrich Vollrath, Prof David Kaplan, Prof Uwe Pieles, Dr Rudolf Hufenus, A/Prof Jeffrey Wiggins, Dr Ian Blanchonette, Prof Russell Varley, Dr Tony Pierlot, Dr Salwan Al-Assafi, Dr Linda Hillbrick, Dr Mandy De Souza

  • 2017: $450,000
  • 2016: $450,000

ARC Training Centre in Lightweight Automotive Structures (ATLAS)

Dr Chun Hui Wang, Prof Adrian Mouritz, Stuart Bateman, Dr Mark Easton, Prof Milan Brandt, Martin Leary, Prof Michael Cardew-Hall, Dr Paul Compston, Dr Matthew Doolan, Prof Matthew Barnett, A/Prof Bernard Rolfe, Dr Minoo Naebe, Dr Matthias Weiss, A/Prof Luke Henderson, Mr Richard Taube, Bita Ghaffari, Nia Harrison, Dr Adam Best, Prof Russell Varley, Richard Evans, Henry Wolfkamp, Brian Hughes, Carl De Koning, Richard Axe, Edward Albert, Brian Oxley, Albert Sedlmaier, Prof Anthony Kinloch, Michael Wisnom, Paul Sanders, Marion Merklein

  • 2017: $132,087
  • 2016: $130,701

Development of an Improved Polymer Roller Shell

Prof Russell Varley

  • 2017: $40,000

Polymer Composite Forming Technology

Prof Russell Varley, Mr Vishnu Unnikrishnan

  • 2017: $67,478

Other Funding Sources

3-149 - Improved Design of a Composite Front Seat Back for Higher Production at Lower Cost

Prof Russell Varley, Dr Mandy De Souza, Dr Claudia Creighton

  • 2017: $279,017

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report