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…

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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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Manufacturing news briefs — stories you may have missed

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…

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@AuManufacturing Conversations episode 17 — Steve Layton from Layton Corp

In episode 17 of @AuManufacturing Conversations with Brent Balinski we hear from Steve Layton of Layton Corporation. The chat was recorded at last Friday’s Good Design Awards. EmTech, a division of Layton’s company, won Gold for Product Design at the awards for its Enviro Hide product. Enviro Hide is made from recycled leather and has…

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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…

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Best of the week – the five most popular stories among @AuManufacturing’s readers

Curious about what the most popular stories of the week were? Here’s what visitors to this site were reading. 1) AUSTRALIAN TEAM FINDS RARE, INCREDIBLY HARD DIAMOND IN SPACE ROCKS Research published on Tuesday and led by Monash University might lead to the production of novel, ultra-hard diamonds with usefulness in industrial applications. The team…

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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…

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