Lack of semiconductor manufacturing will consign Australia to “second-tier status”: report

The nation’s dearth of semiconductor manufacturing creates a strategic vulnerability and it should build up manufacturing capability in areas matched to research strengths, according to an Australian Strategic Policy Institute report published today. “Opting out of semiconductor manufacturing will severely constrain Australia’s growth as a technological nation and consign it to second-tier status,” write authors…

Upskilling for hydrogen shift “a pressing issue facing the nation” says new report 

Australia has an “alarming” shortfall in hydrogen skills and training available needed to meet its decarbonisation goals, according to new research by Swinburne University of Technology’s Victorian Hydrogen Hub (VH2.) Implementing hydrogen is a key part of Victoria’s goal of being emissions-neutral by 2050. The report – with input from 37 industry representatives – urgently…

A review into how university research works in Australia has just begun – it must confront these 3 issues

By Gregory Michael McCarthy, The University of Western Australia and Kanishka Jayasuriya, Murdoch University Education Minister Jason Clare has just announced an independent review of the Australian Research Council (ARC). This is the body that oversees funding for non-medical research in Australian universities and plays a critical role in the careers of academics. After years…

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Monash researchers show new way to ultra-strong titanium alloys Monash University engineers have led a world-first study, which the university says has demonstrated how 3D-printing techniques can be used to produce an ultra-strong commercial titanium alloy and provided a significant leap forward for aerospace and other industries. Australian researchers, led by Professor Aijun Huang and Dr Yuman Zhu of…

Australian team shows how to 3D print solid polymer electrolytes

School of Chemical Engineering researchers at University of NSW Sydney have developed a new process able to additively manufacture electrolytes using inexpensive printers, an achievement they say might be applied to future medical products. According to a statement from the university, the resulting solid polymer electrolytes (SPE) have high conductivity and robust strength.  One of…

USQ researcher awarded fellowship for CO2 utilisation research

A University of Southern Queensland nanomaterials researcher is among Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellows announced this week, with Dr Lei Ge awarded $813,000 to develop electrochemical conversion technologies to convert carbon dioxide into chemicals and fuels. Ge (pictured) is based at USQ’s Centre for Future Materials. He said in a statement on Friday that…

$260,000 awarded to medtech partnership between University of Melbourne and Bendigo Health

The Victorian government-funded Australian Medtech Manufacturing Centre is supporting a $260,000 partnership between the University of Melbourne and Bendigo Health, aiming to accelerate development of products. In an announcement on Thursday, the Victorian government said it was the first time the $20 million program had funded a partnership in a regional location and followed previous…